On the Children's Shelf: Reading Resolutions

The start of the new year often involves resolutions. I don't really believe in New Year's resolutions. I believe we have to really want to make a change, and once we want to do it, we should just start. It doesn't need to start on a specific date; all that matters is that we make a commitment to do something and follow through on it. 
While I did not make any specific New Year's resolutions, I am making one today. My January 6 resolution is to read more books aloud to my children. I realized over the holiday break that we don't read aloud as much as we used to. My children all read a lot on their own and have required reading for school, which has taken over the space of "family reading time." 
While I love that they enjoy reading themselves, and I absolutely love when I find them curled up with a book, I want to continue reading aloud as well. I love the way books sound when they are read aloud. I love the interruptions to discuss what just happened in the story. I love watching their faces as we get further into the story and they get excited as the story unfolds.
Today, I am making a commitment to gather together and read aloud more. Perhaps my children can even take turns being the reader. I picked up a few books that I think would be wonderful read aloud, and we will begin with Kate DiCamillo's "The Tale of Desperaux." 
As always, we love book recommendations. If you have a family favorite read aloud book, please be sure to reply or email me at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
If you made reading resolutions, I would love to hear about them!
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