Max kept cozy with a quilt and his curriculum guide, Ticonderoga scribbling away as I read.
The Magician's Nephew is pefect for an animated read aloud. It's full of lines like, "Then Jadis spoke; not very loud, but there was something in her voice that made the whole room quiver." I do all the voices.
The trick to doing voices is quickly skimming ahead whenever you see quotation marks coming. Figure out who is speaking and how they are speaking: mournfully, quietly, sarcastically. Do they shriek?...cry?...thunder? You know you've entered into Advanced Voices when you can do young, old, male, and female in Scottish brogue.
Some of our favorite family read alouds through the years include:
--The Little House Books (Laura Ingalls Wilder)
--The Five Children and It (E. Nesbit)
--Henry Huggins series (Beverly Cleary)
--Tales from the Old Squire's Farm (C.A. Stephens)
--Duncan's War/King's Arrow/Rebel's Keep (Douglas Bond)
--The Hobbit (J.R.R. Tolkien)
--The Chronicles of Narnia (C.S. Lewis)
--Great Expectations (Charles Dickens)