31 Days of Read Alouds

When my kids were younger I would spend my free time on the library website reserving books for our homeschool read alouds. Reading aloud is one of the most important things you can do with your toddler and preschooler to help them develop language skills and a LOVE of reading.

Reading should not be presented to children as a chore or duty.  It should be offered to them as a precious gift. —Kate DiCamillo

Studies show that children who read the most achieve higher test scores and stay in school longer regardless of socioeconomic background. Reading unlocks the imagination and helps them experience far away places, adventures, and cultures without leaving their living room.

Children are made readers on the laps of their parents. —Emilie Buchwald

One way to create a love of reading is to read aloud to your kids every day. Even if you only have fifteen minutes before bedtime, reading aloud can have life long benefits for your children.

To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark. —Victor Hugo

A few years ago, I committed to reading aloud to my children every day and then reinforcing the stories with fun crafts and activities. Our reading time led to this series, 31 Days of Read-Alouds!

I cannot live without books. – Thomas Jefferson

31 Days of Read Alouds with Extension Activities, Crafts, Recipes & Free Printables:

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
Amelia Bedelia
Horse activities Billy and Blaze
blueberries for sal activities Blueberries for Sal
Bruno Munari’s Zoo
Caps for Sale
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
Duck for President
Green Eggs and Ham Activities
Harold and the Purple Crayon
Harry the Dirty Dog
Inch by Inch
Little Cloud
Make Way for Ducklings
Mirette on the High Wire
One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish
over in the meadow book Over in the Meadow
Ox-Cart Man
Pancakes for Breakfast
Pie in the Sky
Stone Soup
The Best Loved Doll
The Best Nest
The Glorious Flight
The Little Red Lighthouse
the red balloon book The Red Balloon
The Snowy Day
The Story of Ferdinand
The Tiny Seed
Very Hungry Caterpillar
How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World

What I love about this list of our favorite read aloud books is that these books are available on Amazon and at your local library  The crafts and activities are simple and don’t require multiple trips to the store.

The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go. –Dr. Seuss

My teenagers still talk about how much they loved some of these books we read aloud to them when they were little. You never know how a book might impact your child in a positive way!

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