Fall is the time to get cozy with little ones with a cup of something warm, a blanket and a good read aloud. Right now, I target my read alouds to my daughter's age (she's 6) but usually my toddler will listen in for a bit off and on and many of these books could work for preschool-aged children too. You're the best judge of what will keep your child listening at story time but occasionally introducing and trying a few pages of a chapter book can never hurt. My daughter tends to love books with maps in them so last year Milly Molly Mandy was a hit and so was My Father's Dragon among others. This fall, we're trying something a little bit different! Here is our reading list month by month!
September: Basil of Baker Street
I know! It's not just a movie! I was as surprised as you are. Just re-published this summer - this book is the first in a series of books that make up the "crumbs and clues" collection. The collection includes 5 of the books that were originally published in the 1950s about a detective mouse who is inspired by the real Sherlock Holmes! (If this is too advanced for your little one - try out the same author's "Anatole" series that we read last year about a mouse living in Paris. eek! too cute.)
Just in time for Halloween. Something a little bit weird. Cats with wings born in the slums decide to find a safehaven in the country.
November: The Princess in Black
Like the other two selections above this is the start of a series. My hope is that one of these will really jive with us and I will get the "mom, can we read more?" request! Fingers crossed! I would love to shift my daughter's perception of princesses from the traditional Disney's sleeping beauty to an heroic princess who wears black to rescue a group of goats for a big blue monster.
Fall Easy Readers Series: Little Bear
Illustrated by Maurice Sendak (author of Where the Wild Things Are), this is a cozy little series about a bear and his family and friends. It's a perfect way to introduce reading to my little one who will be starting to read in French at school. I hope this classic series will help her to get energized about reading out loud in English over the course of the fall at home too!
It was so tough paring this down to just three read alouds and one easy reader series but I hope I've found a good balance of classic and new. If you feel like reading along with us, please let us know! It would be so fun to know that we are reading these at the same time as our friends and fellow artsy starters!