25 Jul Five Read-Alouds for Freedom

The days are long and the weather’s hot! If you’re headed to the library or bookstore this week in search of air-conditioning, make sure to check out these titles—they’ve helped our family explore the theme of “Freedom” together this month.

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1. Best classic: Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

Young Max travels to a foreign land, learns about freedom and power, then comes home to find he is still loved “best of all,” no matter where he goes.

2. Best little-known: Choo Choo: The Story of a Little Engine Who Ran Away by Virginia Lee Burton

In this book by the author of Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel, a little steam engine decides she wants to go on an adventure all by herself. Chaos ensues until she is rescued by good friends.

3.  Best for animal-lovers: Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown

When Mr. Tiger begins to chafe at the social conventions of his  community, he finds a place where he can be himself…and then returns to help his neighbors be themselves, too.

4. Best for young artists: The Cat and the Bird: A Children’s Book Inspired by Paul Klee by Geraldine Elschner and Paul Klee

Based on the well-known painting, this is the story of a cat who longs to be free and who is helped by the bird whose freedom he envies.

5. Best conversation-starter: Float by Daniel Miyares

This wordless, beautifully illustrated book about a boy and his paper boat allows parents and children to connect over what it means to let something precious go free.


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