I wrote a post about good read-alouds for first grade here a bit ago: http://theparentingpassageway.com/2008/11/11/great-read-alouds-for-waldorf-at-home-first-grade/
Today, we are going to add these titles to that list:
The Cat’s Vacation by Irene Schoch for 6-8 year olds
Betsy-Tacy by Maud Hart Lovelace for 6-7 year olds – Please pre-read as you usually do; as I remember Tacy comes from a large family and the newest baby in their family either dies at childbirth or right after childbirth. It is addressed in a very sensitive way in a chapter, but it may be too much for some of the children.
Freddie the Pig Series – Walter R Brooks
Mrs. Pepperpot by Alf Proyson
One Hundred and One African –American Read-Aloud Stories by Susan Kantor
The Curious George Series for ages 5-8 by H.A. Rey – yes, either you love it or hate it!
Honk the Moose by Phil Strong for ages 7 and up
Jamie O’Rourke and the Big Potato by Tomie dePaola for ages 6 and up
The Wind Boy by Ethel Cook Eliot
Owl Moon by Jane Yolen – a picture book, but just lovely to re-visit every year in the Winter
A Ride on the Red Mare’s Back by Ursula LeGuin
Paddington Bear Series – Michael Bond
If any one has others to suggest, please leave your thoughts in the comment box. Please remember to pre-read and decide if these titles are right for you and your family.
Also, the main goal of stories at this age is still to provide more of an archetypal element and not so much of a ready to identify protagonist. Fairy tales should still be the bulk of your stories this year in Main Lesson, and also outside of Main Lesson time. Also, do not neglect your oral storytelling by telling stories about animals around your home, what happened when your child was little, what happened when you were little.