Thursday, June 4, 2015

5th-Grade Read-Aloud List

Every year at this time I post the list of books Tim and I have read aloud to N. over the past year.  You can see quite a few titles from Tim's improvised curriculum of biographies and autobiographies here, most of which I have not yet blogged about.  If I had to name favorites of those I read to N., I'd say he especially loved Minnow of the Say, The Wheel on the School, The Evolution of Calpernia Tate, and the two Alice in Wonderland books.  We also, at his request, reread a couple favorites, including two Betsy-Tacy books and Winter Holiday Tim reads to N. first thing every school morning but it gets harder and harder for me to squeeze in nightly read-aloud time as we go to evening music concerts, as N. does music theory homework and practices cello, as he wants to read himself before bed.  But N. still wants me to read to him, and I treasure sharing books with him, so we'll keep at it!  As always, I welcome recommendations of books to read aloud in the coming year.

Books we read to our 10-year-old:
  • Confessions by Jean-Jacques Rousseau (read by T.)
  • Riders of the Purple Sage by Zane Grey (read 1/2)
  • Prairie Town Boy by Carl Sandburg (read 2/3)
  • From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg
  • Minnow on the Say by Phillipa Pearce
  • Betsy and Tacy Go Over the Big Hill by Maud Hart Lovelace
  • The Wheel on the School by Meinert DeJong
  • All-of-a-Kind Family by Sidney Taylor
  • The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly
  • Autobiography by John Stuart Mill (portions; read by T.)
  • "Thomas Arnold of Rugby" from Eminent Victorians by Lytton Strachey (read by T.)
  • The Big Sea by Langston Hughes (read by T.)
  • The Fire Within by Henry Rowan (read by T.)
  • Betsy and Tacy Go Downtown by Maud Hart Lovelace
  • Winter Holiday by Arthur Ransome
  • Ramona Forever by Beverly Cleary
  • Ramona the Brave by Beverly Cleary
  • Emily's Runaway Imagination by Beverly Cleary
  • Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink
  • The Great Brain Does it Again by John D. Fitzgerald
  • Thimble Summer by Elizabeth Enright.
  • The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell (read by T.)
  • Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (first 4 chapters)
  • Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll
June 2014-May 2015

Previous read-aloud lists:
4th grade
3rd grade
2nd grade
1st grade

1 comment:

CMR said...

ahh--great memories of wonderful books!