I have been reading to the boys since they came home from the hospital. They almost never go to bed without a story and while they are drastically different in age, the older boys enjoy a good picture book when I read it to Dominic still. However, recently, we have moved into proper chapter books for the older boys.
We’d read Geronimo Stilton books before, which they loved, but those are EXPENSIVE here in Guatemala, so we didn’t get any others (the first ones I found in pacas or they were brought to us by friends). These books are packed with illustrations and bright text, so they’re a good transition between picture books and chapter books.
More recently, the older boys went on a Willy Wonka movie kick and watched the movie about five times in a couple of weeks. I told them that the book is even better because it describes the candy and is much more interesting. Well, they asked if we have it and of course, I did. So we sat down that night and read two chapters of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. They were instantly sucked into the story. We read it every night and they were eager for more.
When I reached the end of the book, Dorian said, “What?! Wait, that can’t be the end!” And Dante told me I was fired. They both inspected the book to make sure I wasn’t just joking and that really was the end. I told them that it’s fine to finish a good book because there are hundreds of thousands, even millions of awesome books in the world and we could now read another one.
They picked Harry Potter. It’s a smidge old for them and the British English throws them off sometimes, but they are both listening. Dante draws while I read and Dorian rolls up in his blanket and leans against me to listen. So far, they are most fascinated by the flying lessons, but of course, everything is new for them, having never been to school and certainly not boarding school, so sometimes we have to stop and I explain some things to them. So far, considering it is a more difficult book, they are doing very well and we’re all enjoying it.
I grew up with my parents reading to us until we were teens. I fully plan do that with my boys, too. What are your favorite books to read aloud?