Many of us can recall a time when a parent, grandparent, or guardian read to us at a young age. I can remember going to bed each night listening to my dad read to my sister and me. Those were the days of Nancy Drew and The Baby-Sitters Club, stories with mystery and drama that a young girl like me couldn’t help but get lost in. My dad would do all the voices (like Robin Williams) that would heighten the narrative and help lunge us into the world laid out on the page. I looked forward to bedtime each night when Dad would read to us, and I still cherish those special memories.
Sadly many kids today miss out on being read to or reading aloud with their parents. This shared reading has many benefits for a child’s life. Reading with your kids, whether you are reading aloud or reading alongside them, helps develop their listening skills, vocabulary, comprehension, motivation, memory, and social skills, just to name a few. Starting this tradition at a young age can influence your children’s future attitudes toward reading and help give them confidence in the years to come. This is a habit worth investing in to help motivate and grow your kids to become lovers of reading.
Here are five great books to read aloud with your family this Christmas season:
Who Sang the First Song? by Ellie Holcomb – This one is sure to have you singing the words in no time as you read through the lyrical phrases. Ellie teaches our kids that God created the whole world to sing and He gave a song for you and for me.
All the Colors that I See – This toddler concept book will not only teach your kids their colors, but it will also allow them to see all the wonderful colors in God’s creation. They’ll have so much fun pointing, tapping, or patting to the different colors to try and find the pesky chameleon on each page.
For Advent and Christmas: The Silent Noisy Night by Jill Roman Lord – This one takes a whole new twist on the Christmas story that will have your whole family laughing as you go through all the noises that might have happened on the night Jesus was born. The Littlest Watchman helps kids with the anticipation of Christmas and helps bring the focus back to Christ. Families will love reading this one together around the tree.
I Can Only Imagine by Bart Millard – This book asks some of the questions a child might ask, allowing families to wonder together about what heaven might be like.The Prince Warriors series by Priscilla Shirer – If you haven’t had a chance to dive into this series yet, what are you waiting for? These books will expand your child’s already growing imagination as well as introduce spiritual warfare and the constant daily battles we face as followers of Christ. Make sure to check out all the books in the series: The Prince Warriors, The Prince Warriors and the Unseen Invasion, The Prince Warriors and the Swords of Rhema, and The Winter War.
For more inspiration and a suggested age-appropriate reading list, check out The Read-Aloud Family by Sarah Mackenzie. Here you’ll find how to create lasting and meaningful connections with your kids through reading together aloud.