Wednesday, May 20, 2015

How I Used to Hate Dr. Seuss (and Other Read-Aloud Confessions)

Linking up with Rachel.

Recently, I discovered podcasts (thanks to the wonderful Fountains of Carrots podcast). One of my favorites is Read Aloud Revival. As I've share before, and as anyone who follows us on Instagram knows, our family loves books. Andrew grew up in a home with a lot of books, I grew up in a home with a lot of books, and now our daughters are growing up in a home with a lot of books.

But despite our love of books, I have a confession to make...I'm not a huge fan of reading aloud. I think I enjoy it more when I can just do it one-on-one, but add in one more child and all craziness breaks loose. The Read Aloud Revival podcast definitely inspires me to persist in reading to my girls, but it also gives me some wonderful book suggestions. In fact, that's one of the main reasons why I love it so much!

So, on the off chance that you're like me, I thought I'd share some book suggestions with you. These are our five favorite read alouds...

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Usbourne "That's Not My..." (you can also buy them used on Amazon)

The Usbourne "That's Not My..." series is the one series that I was able to get both of my girls to listen to as babies! They're short and interactive, and they have a repetitive quality to them...which even appeals to the 4 year old! All but one of ours was bought secondhand (usually for pretty cheap from a library booksale) and all of ours have been read many, many, many times!!!

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Before this past weekend, I would have told you that I hated Dr. Seuss. But this past weekend, when we hit up a secondhand book sale, I went ahead and got a few Dr. Seuss books, because I realized...drumroll please...I really only hate the Cat in the Hat. And I think I hate it for the same reasons that I like Romeo and Juliet so little (and I love Shakespeare's plays!). It is just so overdone, and the final nail in the coffin is the PBS Kids version of it, which my girls love and I can't stand.

BUT...there are some awesome Seuss books, and they are super fun to read aloud. I just read Fox in Socks for the first time this weekend, and it was the most fun book I've ever read!

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I kept hearing this recommended across multiple different classical curriculum, including the one we're leaning towards for next year. I had picked up a secondhand copy at this point (not nearly as pretty  as this one, which I'm going to have to put in my Amazon cart sometime soon!) and was reading some to the girls recently and...oh my goodness! It was so lovely, and so easy and enjoyable to read aloud. Another confession? One of the main reasons I like reading aloud poetry is because each selection is short. I can read a poem to the girls and feel like I've actually accomplished something!

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I really love this book, but I don't love to read it aloud nearly as much as I love hearing Andrew read it aloud to the girls. You'll just have to take my word for it, because I'm sure he'll never do it for anyone outside of our immediate family. He reads it in a Forrest Gump-ish accent and it is pretty much the best thing ever. 


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Or any good audiobook, really.

Last true confession...sometimes I just outsource the reading aloud to someone else. This one is the best audiobook that I have ever listened to, and it helped us get through a chapter book and through a looooong car ride. Win all around. Also, Cherry Jones does an excellent job narrating this book!

What are your read aloud confessions?



4 comments:

  1. I still hate some Dr. Seuss - fox in socks, the foot book, hop on pop are all good ones, but others are SO LONG that I can't stand reading them aloud! I loved reading them to myself as a kid though, so maybe they're just better when read to oneself :)

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  2. We love the Little Red Caboose- that was the firsts book James would really sit through! He is currently obsessed with the Cat and the Hat and some Bob the Builder board book- both make me want to hide when he comes running up with them.

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  3. Ooooh, I LOVE Usbourne books!!

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  4. I love all of these books. Impeccable taste my friend. As for Dr. Seuss, I go through major phases/seasons. Agreed on the TV show. My favorite book by him has to be Mr. Brown Can Moo.

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