If you always run out of time to read to your kids separately, stories that appeal to everyone at once will help. Certain stories are particularly engaging for a wide range of ages, so you can capture everyone’s attention and build their reading skills at the same time.
“When looking for a read-aloud that appeals to all ages, I like to find humorous titles, modern folktales, and books that break the ‘fourth wall,’” says Scholastic senior librarian Deimosa Webber-Bey. “These engaging characteristics can make a ‘baby book’ fun for older siblings, or break up the narration for younger readers.”
For instance, there’s Echo, a beautiful story that follows three different kids in the mid-20th century who are connected by a harmonica. Webber-Bey also recommends The Arrival, a masterful wordless depiction of the immigrant experience. Flip through the book as a family, discussing the images and creating your own narrative as you go.
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