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June 1, 2016

Father’s Day Favorite Read-Alouds

My dad did all the reading aloud in our house. Every night at bedtime and sometimes after dinner too. I have vivid memories of Sherlock Holmes speaking in my dad’s voice as he solved cases. Wind in the Willows was our “dessert” around the family dinner table. My dad passed his love of reading on to me, and to this day I read children’s books voraciously. The last book I read was Hold Fast. I love the way Blue Balliett interweaves Langston Hughes poetry with a mystery.

Now my husband and I love reading Harry Potter with our ten-year-old son as a family!

—Sue Rosenthal

I was in kindergarten, first or second grade when my dad read The Hobbit aloud to me. It took a long time—maybe two or three months.

—Morgan Walker

My dad was a firefighter for over 30 years in our town, so it should have come as no surprise to me when he reminded me of a favorite book I’d forgotten about. Firemouse by Nina Barbaresi tells the story of a crew of mice living in a fire station who get the chance to save the day themselves. My dad also ran the fire safety program in the schools in our town, so I know that not only did he enjoy reading this book to me and my brother, but also to classrooms of kids.

—Mia Cabana

My dad loved reading Winnie-the-Pooh to me (I demanded it at least once a week), especially the expedition to the North Pole, and when Pooh tries to track a Woozle. But his absolute favorite was Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson, although he still laughs about trying to figure out how to pronounce all the Scottish dialect and place names!

—Kristin Standley

This isn’t exactly a favorite read-aloud, but every night before I went to bed, my dad told me a “make up bad story,” which, as you might be able to guess, was a story he made up just for me. They always starred Elizabeth (me) and she always saved the day by destroying the “bad guy.” Imagine how surprised I was when I found his stash of fairy tales years later—he had been inserting my name in classic stories like “Little Red Riding Hood” and “The Frog Prince” for years!

—Liz Kokot

I wrote an e-mail to my dad, who lives in Mexico. His favorite book is El principito (The Little Prince)!

—Mariel Lopez-Mota


Short Bio about Author: Mia Cabana is a managing editor of online copy at Scholastic Book Clubs. She has also worked as a young adult librarian and dreams of someday joyriding around the country in her own bookmobile.

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  1. Anne Hiester

    My father would read “The Once and Future King” to us on camping trips. I will never forget that! When we were small, he would read “The Jungle Book” and “Winnie the Pooh” and so many other books.

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