Hi all- I love kid’s books– have a bookcase full, up to the ceiling, ready for grand-kids to chose from. And reading with kids?? The Best! So looking back at reading with my kids, reading to my school kids and reading with grand-kids, I’d have to say my favorite read aloud author has to be Roald Dahl– just for the pure sense of fun and adventure that fill the chapters of his books! (Not to mention the expressive delightful illustration by Quentin Blake!)
So here is the short list of my favorite Dahl read-aloud books. How many of them have you chuckled through??
The BFG is the swashbuckling tale of The Big Friendly Giant, who along with little Sophie, sets off to save the children of England from being eaten by a band of blood curdling giants!! The story involves some magical dreams, rollicking language and the Queen of England! A favorite.
A favorite of readers, Matilda, tells the story of a prodigious little reader who comes up against the harshest headmistress of all time and with the of her beloved teacher, Miss Honey, she brings the ugly Miss Trunchbull to justice. Matilda is bright, thoroughly lovable character. Love the unexpected happy ending.
In Fantastic Mr. Fox, the Fox, father of a family of foxes, protects his family by outwitting the 3 mean farmers who are after him– fat Boggis, squat Bunce and skinny Bean. It will have you guessing how that fantastic fox will do it and you are rooting for him all the way! Full of fun.
Mr. Hoppy of the book Esio Trot, is in love with his neighbor, Mrs. Silver. But she only has eyes for her pet tortoise, Alfie. So Mr. Hoppy schemes through a series of tortoises for a way to gain Mrs. Silver’s affection. It’s a sweet lightheaded story and Mr. Hoppy gets his happy ending!
A remarkable Grandmother, warns here young grandson how to spot a witch in this page turner, The Witches. When the boys encounters a room full of witches on holiday with his grandma, he is turned into a mouse! But that does not stop him (or his grandmother) from bringing the witches to their just reward. A tender tale of the young boy and his ever loving grandmother.
Finally, I would offer you, D is for Dahl, a comprehensive A to Z guide on all things Roald Dahl. It is not a biography, but rather a dictionary of facts, trivia and way detail about Roald Dahl, his stories and his beloved Characters. A lot of fun for any Roald Dahl fan!
“I have a passion for teaching kids to become readers, to become comfortable with a book, not daunted. Books shouldn’t be daunting, they should be funny, exciting and wonderful; and learning to be a reader gives a terrific advantage.” –Roald Dahl (1916-1990, British, author, screenwriter, fighter pilot)