One of my favourite things to do is read aloud to my children. Even though they are older now and reading their own chapter books before bed each night, to my delight they still like to settle in to listen to a story.
Every year we have a favourite...last year was R.J. Palacio's Wonder. Earlier in the year we had a really good time reading a classic from my childhood: Roald Dahl's The Witches, but the top choice for 2015 is this one: The Honest Truth by Dan Gemeinhart. I read it first, and I couldn't wait to share it with my kids.
We've been on a reading marathon and the kids beg me to stay up later so that we can continue the story. We are only a few chapters from the end. I find myself getting choked up while reading certain passages, and one of my sons has shed many tears as Gemeinhart's words touch our hearts. Highly recommend!