The Read Aloud Book You Have Been Looking For

We know that reading aloud to kids is one of the predictors of their future reading success, but how hard is it to find the perfect read aloud book? Most parents are terrific at pulling out those picture books. They don’t let the pigeon drive the bus, they say goodnight to that moon over and over again, and don’t get me started on how many times they “moo, baa, la la la!” This is all wonderful.

But, and you knew there would be a but, parents tend to fall off the reading radar when their kids start reading independently.  I am here to tell you that it is still a fabulous time to read out loud. I admit that even I get a little lazy, but as soon as I start a great read aloud book for older kids, I am thrilled that I have entered this new narrative with them. Reading a book together gives you a common language and it reminds kids that you see reading as important. But you knew that already!

So today I am sharing a wonderful story that you can start with your kids. Of course they can read it independently and they will enjoy it immensely, but it is a delight when you can share in that adventure with them. And this book crosses age levels so well that everyone in the family can enjoy it. Of course the fact that it is set in Norway did not bias me in the least … no really!

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Title: Adventures with WafflesAdventures with Waffles read aloud book

Author: Maria Parr

Target: Grades 3-6

Series: No

What this book is about:
Translated from Norwegian, this book shares the adventures of Triffle and his companion Lena in their small Norwegian village. Not a day goes by without the two of them getting into some sort of trouble. They manage to recreate Noah’s Arc on a small fishing boat, sled down the steepest hill in the town and get an abnormal amount of concussions in the process. However, their friendship is steadfast despite Lena’s penchant for choosing the zaniest way to solve any perceived problem.

Why I love this book:

  • First off, this book is a wonderful read aloud. It is full of adventure, humor, family unity and life in another culture. You and your children will find it touching, poignant and laugh out loud funny. I cannot recommend it highly enough!
  • After visiting Norway, I can see these characters in the small villages around the fjords and your kids will absolutely love learning about another way of life that is different but not unrelatable to their own.
  • The humor is spot on. It is such innocent fun that I was reminded that things don’t have to be crude to induce giggles (although I am a fan of good fart joke!) A book that will have all ages laughing is a huge win in my book.

Who this book is for:
This one is great for everyone. I highly recommend reading it aloud because it works wonderfully across many age groups.

Final thoughts:
The translation is very well done. These things can be tricky and Guy Puzey nails it!

To purchase this book:
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