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Read Aloud Suggestions for Older Kids

A couple of weeks ago, Read Aloud Wednesday was all about reading aloud with older kids and why that's such a great thing to do. You can read that post here if you missed it. This week's post is to give some suggestions for reading aloud with older kids.



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Older kids can have good discussion about what you're reading, and as the kids get older, I sometimes introduce books with viewpoints that may be different from what we've taught our kids. I may not only read books from a Christian worldview. But it often brings up some great discussion points to read those books. If you're reading to children of multiple ages, you'll want to be more careful, of course, based on the age of your younger kids. And always preview books you're going to read aloud so that you aren't incredibly surprised by something you read. With that in mind, here are some suggestions for reading aloud with older kids.


A Wrinkle in Time (A Wrinkle in Time Quintet, #1)A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle  I've recommended this book, which is actually the first in a quintet, before. I love it. Some of the author's theology is a bit problematic for a Christian worldview, but it makes for interesting discussion. I'm reading it aloud to my four kids now- ages 9 and 1/2 and up. All of them are able to understand that there are some issues with doctrine, but my teens especially have had some good talking points as we're reading.

Father and I Were Ranchers (Little Britches, #1)Little Britches: Father and I Were Ranchers by Ralph Moody  My younger girls listened in on this story when I read it aloud to my older ones who were then probably 11 and 12. Although nothing is really inappropriate, the book deals with the complexities of relationships and the handling of tragedies that may be hard for younger readers. It's a great book, but there are some really heavy parts. There are other books by Ralph Moody that continue to follow the family in the novel.


The Adventures of Tom SawyerThe Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain  Although this classic is about an adventurous boy, the dialect used in the conversations can make it hard for kids to read. If you can swing the accent, read it aloud. Or choose a good audio book to listen to the story.


To Kill a Mockingbird
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee  This classic has some heavy subject matter, so preview it before you read it aloud. But it's another one that will bring up some great things to discuss with your teens.


The Giver (The Giver, #1)The Giver by Lois Lowry  I wasn't aware until recently, but this dystopian classics is actually the first in a quartet. Reading about this futuristic "perfect" society brings up some good talk about what makes the ideal society and whether or not that's what our goal should be.


I Am DavidI Am David by Anne Holm  Set in Eastern Europe about a boy who escapes from a concentration camp, the subject matter in this book is pretty heavy. Reading aloud a book like this can give kids the opportunity to process some of the things that may trouble them if they are reading the book independently.


So these are a few of my suggestions and some I've read aloud with my own kids. Do you have any favorite read alouds for older kids? Leave them for me in the comments. And then don't forget to link up any of your reading posts in the link up below. I'm thankful for those of you who share, and I'll read and share your posts on social media. You can also grab a button.

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