View Full Version : Need recommendations for read aloud books for 5 & 3 yo boys

03-14-2012, 08:03 PM
My 5 yo is FINALLY interested in books and for me to read to him. I'd really like to step away from the short picture books he usually tolerates to something a little more meaty, but still with some pics in it to keep his attention. My 3 yo has always been interested in reading and knew all his letters and their sounds by the time he was 2, but I feel like he's lost out on a lot with my 5 yo constantly running around and looking for attention.

Thanks for any suggestions :)

03-14-2012, 08:53 PM
My son really enjoyed the Magic Tree House series (he's 6). I find he enjoys any kind of historical fiction. He also loved Trumpet of the Swan by EB White. We are also reading the Box Car Children series but he doesn't seem to enjoy it as much as my daughter. My theory is that boys really like the non-fiction stories better than the make believe stuff my daughter enjoyes.

03-14-2012, 09:12 PM
The original Winnie-the-Pooh stories
"The Lighthouse Family" series by Cynthia Rylant
"Catwings" series by Ursula K. LeGuin
"My Father's Dragon" series by Ruth Stiles Gannett
Paddington stories by Michael Bond
Longer fairy and folk tales (if your library doesn't shelve them separately, they're all 398.20-22)
Little House in the Big Woods

03-15-2012, 12:18 PM
The cricket in times square was a big hit here. And the borrowers!

03-15-2012, 06:12 PM
Yay! Thanks for these suggestions. Already have several of them on hold at the library!

03-15-2012, 09:25 PM
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory! My son (age 4 at the time) didn't know what was going to happen and he could not WAIT to find out if Charlie found a golden ticket. "Keep reading!" he'd say at the end of each chapter.

03-15-2012, 09:30 PM
Oh yeah! I forgot about that one. That's a good one too!

03-16-2012, 12:02 AM
I read Charlottes Web to the girls then.

I also had them color while we were doing it. They could color in their books or use markers (a special treat then) on regular white paper.

03-16-2012, 01:41 AM
Tip Toes Lightly. http://www.tiptoes-lightly.net/

It has some religious undertones at times, but my son didn't really pick up on it. And I was able to work it in with our somewhat Pagan leanings anyway. He really, really enjoyed it. And we have some other ones that my sons really loved. I see they have some new ones out that I am dying to pick up!

Also TWIG http://www.amazon.com/Twig-Anniversary-Elizabeth-Orton-Jones/dp/1930900058 And I passed it around to a bunch of kids.

This book is so sweet. The little girl is around 5 and she lives in the upper story of an apartment type building in a city. She goes into an imaginary world of fairys while she is playing in her back yard with a badly opened tin can. Also, because it is set in the 40s or so, there is still an ice horse working. It really gave my kids a feeling of living in a city in a different time, but in a way that was real to them.

Also, http://www.amazon.com/Burgess-Children-Dover-Childrens-Classics/dp/0486428400 This is a great book. My son really loved it. He also liked the seashore book. I have not looked at the animal book. I did buy the animal stories book set - and while he really enjoyed them, there is more of a personification of the animals and then a moral judgement about their behavior that I am not really comfortable with. But - he loved them too. I just wasn't sure that I wanted the moral messages for him at that age.

06-27-2012, 05:25 PM
sonlight.com has a wonderful book list. (just ignore the religious ones, most of the list is secular) I use it every year for buying books that are age appropriate and wonderful.
Lets see my 4 now 5 year old and I have read : the wizard of oz, the cricket in time square, Dr doolittle, the secret of nimh, the littles, the family that lived under the livingroom floor, and mr poppers penguins.

What we do at my house is each kid picks 1 picture book to read aloud and then we read 1 chapter from a chapter book. That way everyone gets a story they choose and I feel like we get some real fiction in as well. :)

06-27-2012, 09:05 PM
We read Prince Siddhartha: the Story of Buddha last year. It also has a coloring book to color with each chapter. I think it took us maybe 4 months. My kids 4 and 5 loved it! It really helped my son be more of a pacifist. Even if you are not Buddhist it has alot of moral content. I just bought BUddhist Animal Wisdom Stories by McGinnis for this year. I like books that serve as more than just entertainment. I like then to be filled with moral fiber and allows for long contemplation.

06-27-2012, 09:11 PM
My younger son loved the Richard Scarry books around age 3-5. We have all of them! There are a lot of pictures to hold their interest.

06-28-2012, 01:10 PM
Books that were like magic to my son when he was between 4 and 6:

The Ghost Eye Tree by Bill Martin and John Archambault

This story is about a boy and his older sister, who must fetch a pail of milk a considerable distance away, in the dark. It's about overcoming fear, but it feels like this story is a realistic snapshot of real-life events. It never fails to excite my little guy.

The Witches
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/014241011X?ie=UTF8&tag=choourownad0c-20&linkCode=xm2&camp=1789&creativeASIN=014241011X by Roald Dahl

Aidyn LOVED this chapter book, and always insisted I read just one more chapter.

06-28-2012, 07:18 PM
The Witches totally freaked my daughter out! And she's not easily spooked...

07-25-2012, 02:17 AM
My son (7) is reading the Magic Tree House series. He has a short attention span but will easily read a chapter a day with these books. We started last fall with book one and he is ready to start book 18 in a few weeks. I love the companion books too and the website has a passport they can use to mark their journey : ) http://www.magictreehouse.com/#

09-09-2012, 09:20 AM
Check out "The read-aloud handbook" by Jim Trelease. I just got it from the library and read it in about two days. It gives great info on why we should read to our kids, and has a huge list of great read alouds for all ages. He recommends James and the Giant Peach for this age, and we are gonna do that one next.

09-13-2012, 02:04 AM
You already have some great titles being suggested, so I thought I would add a twist to the "read aloud" option. Have you considered the Sylvan Dell books?

Sylvan Dell Publishing - Home (http://www.sylvandellpublishing.com/)

They have hard copy and ebook versions. The ebook versions are colorful flip-books with audio (both Spanish and English versions), and teaching materials that go with each book. The materials include creative/artsy activities too.

These tend to be for the K-3rd grade kiddos.

09-27-2012, 01:15 PM
My son loved the Arnold Lobel books at that age. (Mouse Soup, the Frog and Toad books, etc.)

09-27-2012, 04:44 PM
I agree with The Magic Treehouse series. My children LOVE it. DS also likes the Ready, Freddy series.

10-02-2012, 07:51 PM
The Iron Man (novel) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Iron_Man_(novel))

The Iron Man by Ted Hughes.Then you can compare and contrast it with the movie The Iron Giant too.

I will always have a soft spot for the book, even though the animated film gets lauded as one of the best.