Family Read Aloud Books

One of my favorite things to do as a mother is to read aloud books to my children. I love to read myself, so of course it brings me joy to share great books with my children. As my children are getting older we have been enjoying more chapter books, so I realized I better make a reading list of the books we have enjoyed! I am going to go back and do my best to remember for the last few years.

Our best read aloud time is before bed. My husband and I take turns reading with the children; one of us reads a chapter book with the Ant Bug, while the other reads picture books with Zach and Lily (or a chapter in Magic Tree House).

 So here is our list. I have added it as a page at the top of my blog and will continue to update it. Be sure to check back for some reading inspiration.

I have pinned a number of book lists which you can view here, but I would love to hear your recommendations for your favorite family read aloud books!


(The Ant Bug is 9 years old, Lily Bee is 6 years old, Zach is 4 years old)

Gooney Bird Greene by Lois Lowry (mom and Ant Bug and Lily)

Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (mom and Ant Bug)

Summer of the Monkeys by Wilson Rawls (dad and Ant Bug)

A Little Princess by Francess Hodgson Burnett (mom and Ant Bug)

Mrs. Noodlekugel and Four Blind Mice by Daniel Pinkwater (mom and children)

Mrs. Noodlekugel by Daniel Pinkwater (mom and children)

My Father’s Dragon series by Ruth Stiles Gannett (3 books) (mom and children)

Magic Tree House series #30-40


(The Ant Bug is 8 years old, Lily Bee is 5 years old)

Magic Tree House series #1-29(mom and children: Lily is really interested in this series, the Ant Bug often reads the books aloud when mom isn’t available, and Zach usually listens in)

A Little House Christmas by Laura Ingalls Wilder (mom and Ant Bug)

From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg (mom and Ant Bug)

Bunnicula by James Howe (dad and Ant Bug)

The First Four Years, These Happy Golden Years, Little Town on the Prarie, The Long Winter, By the Shores of Silver Lake, On the Banks of Plum Creek by Laura Ingalls Wilder (mom and Ant Bug)

Harry Potter #1-4 by J. K. Rowling (dad and Ant Bug)

The Horse and His Boy, The Last Battle, The Silver Chair, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis (dad and Ant Bug)

A Room with a Zoo by Jules Feiffer (mom and Ant Bug)


(The Ant Bug is 7 years old)

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson (mom and Ant Bug)

The Bad Beginning, The Reptile Room by Lemony Snicket (dad and Ant Bug)

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo (mom and Ant Bug)

Justin Morgan had a Horse (dad and Ant Bug)

Beezus and Ramona by Beverly Cleary (mom and Ant Bug)

The Hobbitt by J.R.R. Tolkien (dad and Ant Bug)

Betsy-Tacy, Betsy-Tacy and Tib by Maude Hart Lovelace (mom and Ant Bug)


(The Ant Bug is 6 years old)

Little House on the Prarie, Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder (mom and Ant Bug)

Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Richard Atwater (mom and Ant Bug)

A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond (mom and Ant Bug)

The Tale of Desperaux by Kate DiCamillo (mom and Ant Bug)

Stuart Little (mom and Ant Bug)

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