So, I've got this idea. And, I think it's a good one. An idea that promises to be fun for everyone involved, with the added possibility of being slightly educational here and there. I believe that is generally considered a positive thing, right?
Here it is:
The Read Aloud Book Along. Each month we all read the same book together. Virtual bookclub style. Except, we read it aloud to our respective young folks. Think of it as an opportunity for all of us to read something (hopefully great) while further developing this long-distance community of literature lovers that you've helped me to cultivate through the blog and through Alphabet Glue. And, it is also an opportunity to explore new books with your kids, or to get back on the read aloud wagon if you and yours have fallen off a bit because of busy schedules, or the kids learning to read to themselves, or any of the other real life reasons why that sort of thing happens. As with the booklists in Alphabet Glue, I'll be choosing books for the Book Along with an emphasis on well written books that have been positively reviewed and that have (in my opinion) earned their place in the canon of children's literature.
On the first of each month, I'll anounce the book that we are reading that month, and will provide you all with a link to a password protected page here on the blog. I'm going to use a password for a couple of reasons. First of all, because the page will have a discussion area that can be used not only by the grown-ups doing the reading, but also by the kids doing the listening. In this way, we can all discuss any aspects of the book that we'd like to, and we can do it together in a space that is just for us, and that is certifiably spam comment free. The second reason that I'm going to give us our own secret club here on the blog is so that at the end of each month I can gift you with a little surprise activity or printable related to our read. Something that you and your family can use to round out your experience with the book that we've read.
If you would like to participate in the Read Aloud Book Along for June, here is what I'd like you to do:
- Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org letting me know that you are planning to read along with us
- Give me the ages of your kiddos. I can't promise that I can choose books that are perfect for everyone, but knowing who is generally participating will be helpful when it comes time for me to choose a title.
- If you are of the blogging persuasion yourself, pop a button up in your own personal sidebar.
- And, spread the word. Forward this along to friends, post it on your blog, share it on Facebook. I think that we can all agree that when it comes to reading wonderful books out loud with our favorite people, the more the merrier.
I hope that you and your family will join us!