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Subject: Read Aloud Suggestions
Date Posted: 6/24/2009 12:30 AM ET
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We tend to read aloud to our kids ages 5 to 12 at night. Many of their favorites have been fantasy or science fiction. They have loved:

Little Fuzzy by H. Beam Piper

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkein

Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett

Hat Full of Sky by Terry Pratchett

Alcatraz vs the Evil Librarians by Brandon Sanderson

Hoka! Hoka Hoka by Godon R. Dickson

Does anyone have any suggestions for other books that they think will read aloud well.
Date Posted: 6/24/2009 12:52 PM ET
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Madeleine L'Engle - A Wrinkle in Time, A Wind in the Door, etc.

Ursula K. Le Guin - Earthsea trilogy

C.S. Lewis - Chronicles of Narnia

Lloyd Alexander - Prydain Chronicles

Date Posted: 6/25/2009 12:44 AM ET
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I second anything in the Wrinkle in Time series or Narnia, as Jason suggested.

Date Posted: 6/25/2009 7:35 AM ET
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The Chrestomanci series by Diana Wynne Jones

Date Posted: 6/29/2009 2:51 PM ET
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My kids all LOVE the Fablehaven series by Brandon Mull.

They all love Harry Potter as well, though some of the later books may be too dark and scary for younger kids.

We've also read the Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander to them and they liked it.

They also like Percy Jackson and the Olympians.


Date Posted: 6/29/2009 8:06 PM ET
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Sharon Shinn has a nice series for kids.  Safe Keeper's Secret.  Also Jane Yolen. 

Date Posted: 6/30/2009 6:57 PM ET
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I know its sci fi but Hitchhikers guide to the galaxy was read to me as a kid and I loved it..

Another one that is better read aloud is Eragon, the book itself can be rather dry but if you can do character voices it really helps.

His dark materials- great series and better aloud.

Date Posted: 7/2/2009 12:01 PM ET
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I agree with everyone who recommended the Chronicles of Narnia. Also, I see that you've started The Twenty-One Balloons. That one is REALLY good--but many children are put off by the "boring patch" at the beginning. I was when I read it, but my dad told me to keep going, so I did, and I really liked it. Then my little brother  started reading it, and the same thing happened. I told HIM he needed to keep going, and he did. And he liked it. So that's my advice for that one. *Grin*

Date Posted: 7/2/2009 12:02 PM ET
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Oh--have you read any Roald Dahl? I don't know if you're looking for silly stuff like that, but Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The Great Glass Elevator, as well as James and the Giant Peach are FANTASTIC read-alouds.

Date Posted: 8/5/2009 1:41 PM ET
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"The Door Within" Trilogy by Bastian

Series of Unfortunate Events

I also agree..Chronicles of Narnia...I would start there first as well as all the Roald Dahl books, especially the BFG if you have boys!

Subject: The Thirteen Clocks
Date Posted: 8/11/2009 1:20 PM ET
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You could try The Thirteen Clocks, by James Thurber. It's short enough so you'd probably finish it in a evening, but full of memorable characters and good lines. My aunt gave me a copy when I was about eight and I still treassure it, decades later.

The Duke: "He breaks up minstrels in his soup, like crackers."

The Prince (disguised as a minstrel): "He had grown weary of rich attire and banquets and tournaments and the available princesses of his own realm.'

The Princess: "Princess Saralinda was tall, with freesias in her dark hair, and she wore serenity brightly like the rainbow."

Date Posted: 10/9/2009 1:59 AM ET
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I second all of the CS Lewis People.  Anything by Diana Wynne Jones or Loyd Alexander would be awesome.  "The Wonderful O" would be hilarious read out loud too.  William Goldman's version of "The Princess Bride" would be a fun read as well.

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