Monday, November 23, 2015

The Streak ~ One Year Later!

It was Thanksgiving one year ago that we began a life-enriching habit.  We vowed to read aloud every single day for as long as we could.  This habit was inspired by The Reading Promise:  My Father and the Books We Shared by Alice Ozma.  I wrote about our reading streak here and here

Throughout this year we have enjoyed many books together.  I thought I'd share what a few minutes reading aloud each day can accomplish.  This list does not include all of the various books we read aloud for school subjects (although I did stick in a few favorite history reads.)  It also doesn't include books we all read independently. 

We look forward to another year building and strengthening our family relationships around books.  Gather your children or grandchildren and share a book today.

Various books of the Bible
A Christmas Carol - Dickens
I Saw Three Ships - Goudge
A Tree for Peter - Seredy
The Christmas Stove - Seymour
The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus - Houghton
The Snow Queen - Anderson
By Right of Conquest  - Henty
On the Far Side of the Mountain - George
The Wizard of Oz - Baum
Frightful's Mountain - George
Beyond the Desert Gate- Ray
Greek Slave  Boy - Carroll
Wind in the Willows - Grahame
The Green Ember - Smith
The Magician's Nephew - Lewis
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe - Lewis
Trumpet of the Swan - White
The Horse and His Boy - Lewis
The White Stag - Seredy
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader - Lewis
The Silver Chair - Lewis
The Last Battle - Lewis
Gorilla Hunter - Ballentine
Indian in the Cupboard - Banks
Sign of the Beaver - Speare
Call It Courage - Sperry
The Black Star of Kingston - Smith
The Dragon and the Raven - Henty
Rascal - North
The Young Carthaginian - Henty
Around the World in 80 Days - Verne
Son of Charlemagne - Willard
A Midsummer Nights Dream -  Shakespeare
Penrod - Tarkington
The Little Duke - Yonge
Mr. Popper's Penguins - Atwater


  1. Replies
    1. Thanks, Kelly. It's been such a blast. We were read-aloud fanatics already, of course, but it has been hilarious at times as life circumstances tried to keep us from it. But the boys will not go to bed until we've read. As you can see, most of our lighter reads are on this list. I realized as I was typing them out I really should up the ante on a few of them.

  2. What a great resolution, and I can't believe how many books you've gotten through in just a year! Thanks so much for sharing this at Booknificent Thursday!

    1. I was quite shocked at the number myself, Tina! It's amazing what a few minutes a day can accomplish. We're looking forward to our second year and many years to come.

  3. A few of our favourites in that list. We really enjoye A Christmas Carol this time last year.

    1. Yes, Carol. Believe it or not, last year was my first reading of Dickens own A. Christmas Carol. We enjoyed it so much we're reading it again this year. Thanks for visiting and have a blessed Christmas season.