My kids are too young to be interested in chapter books yet - we're reading "Cars, Trucks and Things That Go" as a bedtime story - but my parents read to us until we hit high school and decided we were too cool and mature for that kind of thing. My best memories of my dad are the times when he'd get to the end of a chapter, frown at the book, and say "That's a terrible place to stop!", before flipping the page over and reading on.
|Anyone have recommendations for older children read-aloud books? So far we've done all of Harry Potter, all of Narnia, Chronicals of Ancient Darkness (a favorite), the Percy Jackson series (can't remember the series name) and the less-complex Pern books from Ann McCaffrey. Always looking for new ideas!
The Prydain Chronicles by Lloyd Alexander. I am also a big fan of his Westmark Trilogy, although it may not be the best bedtime reading (particularly book two, which includes guerilla warfare, described more accurately than is strictly comfortable), and the Vesper Holly adventures. The Chrestomanci series by Diana Wynne Jones. If your family are Trek fans, and you are willing to track down out of print books, "How Much For Just the Planet?" by John M. Ford would be really fun. This is the book that inspired Paramount to change the rules for the Star Trek media tie-in line to ensure that Captain Kirk would never again take a cream pie in the kisser.
And to break with your preferred genre completely, P.G. Wodehouse is always a good time.