July Reading Challenge: Read a book aloud to someone (or try an audiobook)

2016 Reading Challenge

“You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild to pick up a book and read to a child.”

-Dr. Seuss

For this month’s challenge we’re going to read a book aloud to someone or listen to an audiobook.

If you’re a parent, I’m strongly encouraging you to read a book aloud to your child(ren). There are so many good reasons and lots of research that proves how important it is to read aloud to kids.

Think your kids are too old?

This article might give you a different perspective:

“Research indicates that motivation, interest, and engagement are often enhanced when teachers read aloud to middle school students,” wrote research authors Lettie K. Albright and Mary Ariail. Teachers surveyed for the study cited modeling as their number-one reason for reading aloud.

Trelease acknowledged that modeling the pleasure of reading is important, but there are more reasons read-alouds work so well — like “broadening the menu.”

I read aloud to my children during school but I also read aloud to my kids because it’s great cuddle time, it sparks their imaginations, broadens their perspectives and gives us plenty to discuss.

Need more encouragement? Read this article.

I completely understand if you don’t have someone to read aloud to, and in that case, I’m going to suggest listening to an audiobook. Just recently I started listening to audiobooks via Audible. I love it! It’s great entertainment when we’re driving or when I’m doing chores around the house. With audiobooks, I’m able to squeeze in more reading during the day. Another perk: a great narrator can really bring stories to life.

My Pick:


I’m going to combine the two and listen to an audiobook with my kids. We’re going to listen to “The BFG” by Roald Dahl on Audible. BFG stands for “Big Friendly Giant” and the story is about a little girl who finds herself in a mysterious and terrifying world filled with human “bean” eating giants (except for the BFG, of course). They set out on an adventure to stop these giants from snacking on any more humans. We are big Roald Dahl fans – his stories are so interesting, nutty and funny. Added bonus: when we finish reading it, we’ll go see the movie!

Your Turn: What book are you going to read and are you going to read it aloud or try it as an audiobook? And please share any great audiobook book or read aloud suggestions in the comments as well!






8 thoughts on “July Reading Challenge: Read a book aloud to someone (or try an audiobook)

  1. My pick will be “The Nightingale” by Kristin Hannah. I will be listening to the book on CD’s while I drive to and from work. I am looking forward to this!

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  2. We placed a huge scholastic book order at the beginning of the Month. I ordered my son a stack of books that we are going to read through this month. They Include: Frog and Toad are friends, Amelia Badelia, Little Bear, some Pete the Cat, Splat the Cat and more! He’s so excited! We also got some Pete the Cat books and audio book combos for my daughter!! It’s going to be a great month! I can’t wait! We finished Toad and Frog today 🙂


  3. My apologies for being late to the party. I’m going to read George’s Marvelous Medicine by Roald Dahl to my kids. They read it awhile ago and have been wanting to read it with me. This challenge is the perfect catalyst to make that happen.

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  4. The kids and I listened to Stink: The Incredible Shrinking Kid by Megan McDonald and read by the voice of Bart Simpson. We all loved the book and got some good chuckles even though we were on our way to the Dr.


      • We just listened to our 3rd Stink book. Some of them talk about being from VA. They went on a road trip in the The Great Guinea Pig Express and so we wrote them down and have put them on our to do list before we leave the area. This has been so fun this summer!

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