Summertime Read Alouds

Summer - oh how we love to embrace our summers!  Warm weather, fun in the sun, and relaxation are all words we link to summer.  However, learning does not stop at our home, and I am sure the same can be said about yours as well.  Neither do our read alouds cease.  Though, admittedly, over the summer we tend to pick books that have a whimsical plot or are set during the summertime. 

Four of our favorite past summer read alouds have been...

Pinky Pye, Eleanor Estes
Gone-Away Lake, Elizabeth Enright
Return to Gone-Away, Elizabeth Enright
The Penderwicks, Jeanne Birdsall

And this year, we will be finishing Gulliver's Travels, by Jonathan Swift.  We started it before finishing the school year, because we had finished all the other read alouds.  If we finish it before we are ready to begin the new school year, do you have any suggestions for a good summertime read aloud?

Linked to Read Aloud Thursday at Hope is the Word.


  1. Have you read all the Penderwicks books? The third one, The Penderwicks at Point Mouette, is a good summe read, too.

    I need to get the Enright books and read them to my girls. Have you read Thimble Summer?

    Thanks so much for linking up!

    1. I keep forgetting there is more than one Penderwick book - will definitely be looking into that as our children really enjoyed the one we read. Oh, Enright books are fabulous. I was gonna include Thimble Summer, but in the end opted to just have four books highlighted.

  2. I was going to read the chronicles of narnia out loud this summer - before I ha a chance to start my 11yo read all seven lol. After wheat harvest we may go ahead regardless - he loves them and it can be wonderful to revisit a good book. Now that my youngest has some
    Basic reading skills we are taking turns reading a page at a time from the magic treehouse books, which everyone is enjoying.

    1. lol as well! The same thing happened to me. One summer I was all set to delve into Narnia only to discover they had been all read by my oldest. Now my oldest daughter has completed the series too, and I have yet to pick up the first one. And, Magic Tree House books are great fun - I especially like how they intertwine the history of the timeperiod they are visiting so seamlessly.


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