Read Aloud Favourites for #WRAD15

Screen Shot 2015-02-26 at 7.44.49 pmWorld Read Aloud Day 2015 is less than a week away, and I wouldn’t want anyone to go without some inspiration and suggested titles. I’m asking some supremely qualified individuals to share their favourite read-aloud book or memory, and, to spice things up a bit, I’ve tried to source people with different cultural and geographic backgrounds.

Compiling these mini interviews has been heart-warming. Reminiscing about quiet times with books and cuddles makes everyone go a bit gooey and sentimental. Especially me!

Expert Sources & Their Faves

Who better to share titles than the planet’s bookiest people–children’s writers, teachers, and librarians? Stay tuned over the next few days to see what the experts have to recommend.

Without further ado…Today’s panel share their favourites:

Screen Shot 2015-02-26 at 6.54.12 pmJacqui Halpin

Children’s Writer & Memoirist

“One of my favourite read-aloud memories (and there are many) is of reading Hattie and the Fox by Mem Fox to my children when they were young. The kids loved the different expressions each animal used and could all recite it by heart in a very short time. They probably still can and they’re all in their twenties!

I’ve kept the book so I can read it aloud to my grandchildren one day.”


Screen Shot 2015-02-26 at 6.56.24 pmSonja L Potgieter

Librarian; Literacy Educator

Pookie by Ivy L Wallace was my all time favourite children’s book, and the memories are so vivid – filled with love, security and warmth, which although I always wanted to cry for poor Pookie, I knew it would end well.

I associate this story with my mother, whom I lost at the tender age of 11 years. My father introduced me to all the fables and Till Eulenspiegel, the prankster by Erich Kästner. I loved, loved, loved the fables.

Screen Shot 2015-02-26 at 7.02.15 pmBeing read stories by my parents are of my most precious memories, and they are so warm and full of love and comfort. I usually lay in my bed and my mother would sit on the bed reading to me and showing me the pictures, as she would be sitting at the head of the bed, so I can share the pages as she read. My dad read to me while I was sitting on his lap.

I grew up in a house filled with books, hence my love for books and reading. Not only reading for relaxation but being able to look things up in our own library filled with reference works, dictionaries, thesauri, atlases, encyclopaedias. Yes, those were the wonderful days. Books and reading will always hold such a positive memories in my mind.”


Screen Shot 2015-02-26 at 8.25.30 pmLesley Davis


“I loved reading Roald Dahl books to my kids… Had as much fun as they did. I seem to remember really enjoying reading Charlie & the Great Glass Elevator and also love reading Fantastic Mr Fox to the kids at school. Looking forward to your read aloud with the kids next week.”

That’s a Wrap! 

What a great selection of books (above) to read aloud! There’s something for everyone–and more coming. In the meantime, I’m hoping to get my hands on a copy of Pookie quick-smart!

Readers, watch this space for some action shots of me reading aloud at Mrs Davis’s library on WRAD. Tomorrow, I’m going on adventures with a mischievous animal character, and there will be heaps more fun surprises to come (including some prizes) so stick around!


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