As homeschool parents we spend a lot of time reading aloud to our kids. If you’re anything like me, there comes a point when you’re eager to share longer, more complex stories with your child, but they may not have the attention span or the maturity to listen to a whole chapter from your favorite classic.

Fortunately, there are many excellent books that can help your child make this transition. I’d suggest looking for two things: (1) picture books that pair longer, more substantial texts with a picture on every page and (2) chapter books with short chapters and plentiful illustrations that allow you to get through a whole book quickly. Keep your eye out for living books that engage your child with beautiful writing and excellent stories. Here are several that our family has enjoyed:

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Aimee grew up in rural Michigan, where she was captivated by Jesus as a teenager and married her high school sweetheart. Together they moved to New England where they homeschool their two children together. Aimee has a Master's degree in Biblical Languages from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. She enjoys exploring new places, reading great stories, and enjoying the outdoors with her family.