Some of my favorite childhood memories are of my mom reading aloud to me. Not just as a little kid but through middle school. Reading aloud to kids drops off dramatically after third grade and so does a child's interest in reading. Reading aloud to older kids has many benefits especially for those kids who are reluctant to read on their own.
-When you read aloud to kids you are modeling positive adults behavior towards reading. Kids just can't wait to grow up so why not show them that adults enjoy reading too.
-Reading aloud transforms reading from a solitary activity into a shared social experience. This creates positive and fulfilling reading experiences.
-Hearing words read aloud can increase confidence with sounding out words in print. Many kids are reluctant to read because they struggle with sounding out words. The more words a child hears the greater their success will be when they encounter words in print.
So find a warm spot and share a good book together. You can read anything you want and it can be any length. A classic fiction story, a non-fiction book, or today's comics section. Need some suggestions to get you started? Here are a few of my favorites for reading aloud to older kids.
Stand Straight, Ella Kate: The True Story of a Real Giant by Kate klise and M. Sarah Klise
Stay: The True Story of Ten Dogs  by Michaela Muntean
Fortunately, the Milk  by Neil Gaiman
The Scarecrow and His Servant  by Pilip Pullman
For more great suggestions see our Great Family Read-Aloud  book list.