The joy of reading is never greater than when reading aloud. When pictures and text are especially good, not only can you hear the words but you can also see the words and the pictures that illustrate them.

Here are a few books, that would be good to read aloud with the family or to enjoy yourself:

The Wise Man on the Mountain by Elis Dillon and illustrated by Gaynor Chapman. New York: Atheneum Press, 1969.

This story tells of a man named Simon who has ten children and who has to work very hard to simply feed them. He also has a donkey and a cow and a goat and a wife—all of whom need to be fed. Well, when life is as difficult as this, one needs some help from the wise man on the mountain and this is exactly where Simon journeys.

The Marvelous Misadventures of Sebastian by Lloyd Alexander. New York: E. P. Dutton, 1970.

In this story the famous winner of the 1969 Newbery Medal, Lloyd Alexander, has used his incomparable imagination to tell us about Sebastian, the optimistic fiddler whose adventures are never-ending and give joy to all who read.

Piping Down the Valleys Wild by Nancy Larrick, with illustrations by Ellen Raskin. New York: Delacorte Press, 1968.

No home should be without a volume of poetry from which to dip into the wellsprings of human emotions. Both young and old can share together the appreciation man has had of the things that have lived around him since the beginning of time. For great family home evenings, select regular bits of poetry for the family to enjoy together.

Journey Outside by Mary Q. Steele with woodcuts by Rocco Negri. New York: The Viking Press, 1969.

Children in our contemporary world live in search of basic answers. The search for a Better Place is, in fact, a search that all mankind undergoes. The action and excitement that fill the book as the search for this Better Place goes on will intrigue the reader.