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Rank #29 in Kids & Family category

Education
Kids & Family
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Make meaningful and lasting connections with your kids through books

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Make meaningful and lasting connections with your kids through books

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Fantastic and fun

By ck1930 - Oct 10 2019
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This info has been so great and really helped my family enjoy books even more the. We did before.

Love Read-Aloud Revival

By deneenT - Sep 29 2019
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So inspiring and encouraging!

iTunes Ratings

2115 Ratings
Average Ratings
2003
70
16
17
9

Fantastic and fun

By ck1930 - Oct 10 2019
Read more
This info has been so great and really helped my family enjoy books even more the. We did before.

Love Read-Aloud Revival

By deneenT - Sep 29 2019
Read more
So inspiring and encouraging!
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Make meaningful and lasting connections with your kids through books

Rank #1: RAR #82: Why Fidgeting is a Good Sign (and what brain science has to say about reading aloud), Dr. Michael Gurian

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Parents of wiggly kids - the proof is here. 

In this episode with author Dr. Michael Gurian, you'll hear scientific evidence demonstrates that many kids not only need to move while being read to, they actually retain information better when they are allowed to do so.

Dr. Gurian is sharing much more with us, including:

why boys might prefer to read non-fiction, and why we should let them
why we don't need to worry about our kids reading graphic novels
how we can help resistant kids fall in love with reading

You'll love all the research in this episode and how it will help you to know how best to support the children in front of you.
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Nov 28 2017

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Rank #2: RAR #107: Dr. Michael Gurian on The Minds of Girls

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Dr. Michael Gurian is back! You may remember him from Episode 82 of the podcast, when he joined us to talk about the minds of boys (and why fidgeting is a good sign!).

But today he is here to chat with us about the minds of girls.

Hear about:

the unique learning challenges girls face (some of these might surprise you!)
why we need to listen differently with our girls... and how to do that
Is there really such a thing as 'girl drama'? (ahem)

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2:08 Dr. Gurian is back!
3:55 Challenges girls face
5:36 Processing differences (white matter versus gray matter)
9:29 3 things that affect girls' learning
10:57 How girls communicate
14:42 We need to listen
17:29 Social media
23:15 'Pruning period'
25:12 'Girl drama'
29:47 Processing through emotional drama
33:03 Trusting ourselves in parenting
34:26 Books he read with his girls
38:22 Let the kids speak

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Aug 14 2018

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Rank #3: RAR #95: The Lowdown on Reading Aloud to 4-7 Year Olds

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Kids who are 4-7 years old often love stories and can even begin to enjoy chapter books. Reading aloud to kids this age can be such a delight!

You're also able to have great conversations about what you're reading together.

There's a whole chapter in The Read-Aloud Family: Making Meaningful and Lasting Connections with Your Kids Through Books about reading with this age group, but today I want to share with you:

what you are really going for at this stage (you'll like the answer!)
what to look for in books for this age group
just a few book recommendations 😉

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1:14 A common question we're hearing
3:26 Reading aloud with 4- to 7-year-olds
5:48 It's OK to still read picture books!
6:50 Safeguard delight
8:01 Should you do extension activities?
9:17 What to look for...
13:58 Book recommendations
17:29 Other resources for this age group
18:47 Let the kids speak

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Apr 02 2018

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Rank #4: RAR #31: Reading Aloud for History, Rea Berg

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This may be one of the most delightful conversations we've had yet on the Read-Aloud Revival. If you haven't met Rea Berg yet... you're going to love me for introducing you to her. :) And if you know who she is, you don't need me to blab on here -you just want to cut right to the interview!

Hear us chat about:

reading aloud for history
nurturing the soul of your child
and how books have changed Rea's life (and how they very well may change the world)

(If you're looking for the FREE download I mentioned on the show that has the best tips for simplifying your homeschool and focusing on what matters most, you can grab that here: Hope for the Overwhelmed Homeschooler.)
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Sep 29 2015

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Rank #5: RAR #102: What Kids Really Need (and Want), with Dr. Meg Meeker

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When I talk to and meet with other moms, I get a sense that we all want the same thing. We all long to connect with our kids.

And, of course, we also want to stay connected - even in the teen years.

Well, today's guest knows all about that, and she's here to give us some tips and tricks to be the kinds of parents our kids really need (and want). It's a whole lot simpler than many of us make it.

Dr. Meg Meeker is a pediatrician, parenting expert, bestselling author, podcaster, and maybe most importantly-- a mom.

I hope this podcast episode is wind in your parenting sails.

In this episode we're chatting about:

how our kids' identities are really shaped (it's probably not the way you think it is)
what our kids want from us more than anything else
how to make the time we spend with our kids count

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1:48 Dr. Meg Meeker is here!
3:25 What kids really want
8:00 The impact of a peaceful and happy parent
10:00 Competition kills joy
14:32 Connection, Community and Confidence
18:09 Time & attention - how to make it count
24:26 The most powerful tool we have ...
27:53 The Runaway Bunny (and our teens!)
31:07 Let the kids speak

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Jul 09 2018

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Rank #6: RAR #140: How to Fold Poetry into Your Routine, with Sally Thomas

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Poetry is beautiful, captivating and (for a lot of us) a little intimidating, right?

Our goal with this episode is to show you how simple and delightful sharing poetry with your kids can be.

My guest today says we can’t force poetry, but we can share it naturally… and that just might be the key to helping our kids develop a lifelong love.

If you want to help your kids fall in love with beautiful language, there’s no better (or simpler) way to start than with a poem.

Don’t miss our booklist of favorite poetry to read aloud—it’s a good one! Scroll down to see the clickable list’s book covers, or pop your email in below to get the printable version.

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On today’s episode:

  • why and how to incorporate poetry into your routine
  • what to do if you feel intimidated
  • how to develop a true affection for poetry (it’s more fun than you think!)

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1:34
Q&A: If your kids skim books
3:27
Read aloud … together
6:00
Step down the reading level
7:53
Meet Sally Thomas
8:34
Why poetry?
11:10
The habit of attention
14:21
How and when to begin poetry
17:14
‘Poetry as Enchantment’
19:18
Weaving in poetry
23:15
Enjoying poems yourself
25:26
Copywork and memorization
29:43
Favorite resources
31:07
Let the kids speak

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Quotes to remember:

“We really hamstring ourselves when we think poetry’s got to be serious, exalted, or that we’ve got to ‘teach’ it.” – Sally Thomas

“Memorized poems are a tiny bit of beauty tucked into your pocket. Your kids can pull it out anytime and look at it.”  – Sarah Mackenzie

“A lot of people are afraid to trust the surface of the poem, because they’ve been taught that it’s just a mask for something else—that you haven’t really ‘understood’ the poem until you’ve taken the mask off. But it’s not like you’ve missed the point. If you just read the surface, you’ve still gotten it.” – Sally Thomas

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Oct 28 2019

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Rank #7: RAR# 105: Favorite Early Reader Books (for kids who are learning to read)

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Do you remember struggling through early reader books back when you were learning to read? Was it all Dick and Jane? Was it ... boring?

Think about this: nobody asks you now, as a grownup, how old you were when you became a fluent reader. Know why?

Because nobody cares.

What age your child is when s/he learns to read fluently (whether at age 4, or 7, or 9, or even older) doesn't bear on their ability to read well later on. Early readers are not consistently better readers when they are adults.

What does matter, though, (and it matters a LOT) is that your child's thirst and desire for stories is not hampered by the reading process.

We want our kids-- even through the slog of learning to read (and yes, it can be a slog for a whole lot of us)-- to know that reading is one of life's sweetest delights.

In this episode, you'll hear:

why reading aloud is critical at this stage of the game
why your kids need to read words - lots and lots of words! - as they are learning to read (and how to help them get that)
my suggestions for books that your kids will truly enjoy, and that will help you build warm memories as your child learns to love reading

Helping our kids become independent readers is a hugely important job for most of us-- and we want to do it well! If you have an early reader in your life, don't miss this episode.
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2:41 What are the stages of reading development?
4:48 It's ALL OK (no really. It is.)
7:14 Books for kids 'in the process'
8:46 You need options
12:40 Get the list
13:50 Readers by All About Reading
19:16 Early/easy reader books + Cynthia Rylant
22:14 Another favorite author/illustrator
24:08 Arnold Lobel - a master!
26:02 Little Bear
27:10 Mouse & Mole, Ling & Ting and Frances
29:15 Fox & Crow and Inch & Roly
30:00 Mo Willems and reading from memory
31:12 Classics!
33:01 Let the kids speak

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Jul 29 2018

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Rank #8: RAR #121: Kate DiCamillo on Reading Aloud for Connection

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I've got a new favorite episode of the Read-Aloud Revival podcast. It's no wonder, because in this episode, I'm having a conversation with Kate DiCamillo on reading aloud for connection.

There is so much packed into this conversation.

You'll hear...

what Kate really thinks when we ask our kids "what did the author mean?"
how books help us jump into the Great Conversation ("unwittingly", as she says)
that stories are smarter than their authors... and what that means for readers
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1:28 Reading aloud with kids in school
5:35 Kate DiCamillo is here!
9:29 'Same side of the table'
10:54 In a new light
12:03 Trying to get to the table
15:12 How we talk about books
18:45 Not getting in the way of the story
25:11 The Great Conversation
28:19 Themes and stars
32:02 Microscopes, telescopes and flashlights
34:21 Character wants versus needs
36:16 More Mercy
37:10 Writing advice
39:01 A coffee invitation
41:01 Let the Kids Speak
Links from this episode:

RAR #81: Eavesdropping on the Soul, a conversation with Katherine Paterson
RAR #34: Reading Aloud Around a Traditional School Schedule
Kate DiCamillo on The Magic of Reading Aloud - PBS.org
Kate on Facebook
Andrew Peterson music
RAR #56: What's at Stake and Why Stories Matter, Jonathan Auxier
A quote to remember:
"Reading aloud ushers us into a third place, a safe room. It’s a room where everyone involved: the reader and the listener, can put down their defenses and lower their guard. We humans long not just for story, not just for the flow of language, but for the connection that comes when words are read aloud. That connection provides illumination."
- Kate DiCamillo
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Jan 29 2019

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Rank #9: RAR #73: What your kids can do while you read aloud (they’ll probably listen better than ever)

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Does your read-aloud time ever devolve into chaos?

Do you spend just as much time asking your kids to sit still as you do actually reading?

In this episode, I'm talking about how we can modify our expectations just a bit to make read-aloud time more successful.

Many kids listen better when they're doing something with their hands (listen to Dr. Michael Gurian talk about that right here).

In this episode, you'll hear:

how to keep your kids at read-aloud time longer
why it's absolutely OK for kids to be "busy" during read-aloud time
what kids of all different ages can do while you read aloud

Consider this episode your permission slip for making read-aloud moments easier on you, and happier for your kids.

And there's even a FREE printable list of ideas for what all ages of kids can do during read-aloud time:

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Sep 25 2017

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Rank #10: RAR #37: Cultivating a Reading Life, Anne Bogel

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We want to model a love of reading for our kids, but honestly- who's got the time?

Anne Bogel does. Otherwise known as Modern Mrs. Darcy, she's the best person I know to talk about how to fit more reading into your life.

Listen in to today's podcast and learn:

where to find good books
how to fit reading in to the nooks and crannies
'what you should read next!'

P.S. Our 31-Day Winter Read-Aloud Challenge starts January 1! Join thousands of others and turn your kids into read-alouders. It's free, it's fabulous, and you can get everything you need right here.
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Dec 29 2015

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Rank #11: RAR #30: Reading Aloud with Boys, Cindy Rollins

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Boys. Here at the Read-Aloud Revival, we get asked about the nitty gritty of reading with boys more than anything else. And who better to answer those questions than a mother of eight boys?

She also happens to be one of my very favorite people, so this episode is a goodie.

Cindy shares:

why you should read first thing in the morning
what advice she would give her younger self
how to make reading aloud a habit

Scroll down and hit play to listen in to my conversation with Cindy Rollins. And don't forget that your printable show notes, action-packed cheat sheets, complete transcripts, and more are all loaded up in Read-Aloud Revival Membership for you!
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Sep 15 2015

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Rank #12: RAR #141: Why Re-Reading is Possibly the Best Reading

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Why re-read? This is a question we get a lot at RAR, and I’m not going to beat around the bush…

I’m convinced there is a lot to gain from rereading. Today, I’m going to tell you why.

If you have a child who re-reads the same book over and over, we’re going to talk about it.

And if you or someone you love has recently read the same picture book to a little one every night for months, I’ve got some good news for you.

What we’re about to tackle:

  • why re-reading may just be the very best kind of reading
  • what’s to gain from re-reading?
  • how our kids benefit from revisiting their favorite books (and the rewards are huge!)

If you’d like to listen to this as a podcast episode, click the play button below. Or you can read the whole essay by scrolling down.

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1:45 How often do you rewatch your favorite movie? 4:37 Knowledge and vocabulary 6:21 Reading comprehension 7:57 Reading for plot 11:20 How we change 14:30 Kate DiCamillo and Charlotte’s Web 15:59 A challenge for you 17:04 How to log re-reading 18:58 Let the kids speak

What’s the deal with re-reading?

Consider: how often do you re-watch your favorite movie or re-listen to a favorite album, a favorite song?

I asked this question on Facebook, and the responses surprised me. “10 times” was one of the lower responses. And I could not believe how many people said “over 100 times”.

Nobody even thought it was a weird question.

We expect to revisit our favorite stories again and again.

So what’s the deal with revisiting our favorite stories, movies, songs, and books?

There’s more here than meets the eye, so let’s dig in.

Reward #1: Books become lifelong companions

I bet we can all agree on this: we want books to become some of our children’s lifelong companions.

I want my kids to see the Laura Ingalls Wilder books or The Chronicles of Narnia or S.D. Smith’s Green Ember books on a bookshelf 20 years from now and feel like they’re bumping into old friends.

I want them to remember who they are and remember where they came from when they see those book covers.

But friendship isn’t instantaneous. Friendship takes time.

You wouldn’t feel like someone you had a single conversation with at a coffee shop was one of your closest friends or life companions, right?

Relationships with books and with book characters take time as well.

If we want books to become our children’s lifelong companions, then they need to spend some quality time with those characters and those stories.

They do that by re-reading.

Reward #2: Better retention of knowledge & vocabulary

A recent study found that children are more likely to retain knowledge of new vocabulary if they’re exposed to words through repeatedly reading the same book than if they’re encountering those new words in different books.

New knowledge and better vocabulary are two academic gains all kids get from reading, even on a first-go-round.

Re-read that book, and the retention of vocabulary goes up.

This is really good news for anyone with kids who like the same book to be read over and over and over again.

Pro Tip: Generally speaking, you’ll find the best, most beautiful language in picture books.

Picture books tend to be crammed with beautiful language (yes, even more than novels), so when in doubt, grab a picture book and read it as many times as your kids will listen!

Reward #3: Improved fluency & comprehension

What we really mean by fluency is this: how accurately your child can read a text with the correct expression while also understanding what he/she is reading.

This is probably obvious, but the more often you read a picture book, the better you get at reading aloud that picture book.

You know this is true. If you’ve read a picture book a number of times, you know where to slow down, where to speed up, where to pause. It’s familiar territory.

It’s like walking a well-worn path instead of blazing a new trail.

The same is true when our kids are reading for themselves.

Let’s say your child wants to re-read Charlotte’s Web over and over (in which case I’d point out that your child has excellent taste 😉)…

…even if he’ reading it silently to himself, he’s gaining fluency each time he reads it. The way the language sits, the way it works, how it hangs together… it’s all syncing up in your child’s brain. Your child is become a more fluent reader.

Re-reading puts fluency on jet fuel. Your child makes tremendous gains in fluency by reading favorite books over and over.

Reward #4: Reading past the plot

The first time we read through a book, most of us are reading for plot. Our brains want to know the answer to the question, “What happens next?”

It’s just how we’re wired.

On the second, third, or 30th reading of a book, however, our brain is free to ask deeper, more layered questions.

We know what happens next, so now we’re catching beautiful turns of phrase. We’re seeing a hint of foreshadowing.

We’re noticing these subtle nuances that are only gifted to re-readers.

There are questions that don’t surface for us when we’re reading for plot. They only surface once the question of “what happens next?” has been answered.

How do we get there?

You got it. Re-reading.

Reward #5: It’s a whole different book because you’re a whole different person

Not only are our brains wired to ask a different set of questions (and pick up on deeper nuances) with a re-read, but we’re different than we were the first time through.

You never read the same book twice.

We’re different people every time we come to a book. That’s why we can read Little Women as a 13-year-old girl and then read it as a 35-year-old woman and somehow it feels completely new and fresh.

As a 13-year-old girl, we probably weren’t identifying much with Marmee. It was all Jo, all the time. As a grown woman, I still identify with Jo, but I have a different kind of respect and attention to Marmee.

I’m a mother now, so I’m reading from a different lens.

I’m a different person, so we come to the book with different experiences.

As years pass, we gain a slew of life experiences, and we bring those experiences into our reading every time we open a book.

The same thing is true for your kids. Every time they re-read that old favorite, they’re having a new experience.

They are coming to the page as a different person than they were last time (even if it was only last week!).

The first encounter is never a complete encounter.

In The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction, Alan Jacobs writes, “A first encounter with the worthwhile book is never a complete encounter and we’re usually in error to make it a final one.”

If we go in to a reading experience understanding that we don’t have to get everything on the first go-round, we’re then free to enjoy that first encounter for what it is: a first encounter.

We are free to get caught up in the plot, without worrying that we’re missing out on deeper shades of meaning, on important themes, on poignant turns of language.

The first time you’re blazing the trail, it’s going to be a different experience than when you’re walking it as a well-worn path.

Don’t just take my word for it…

C.S. Lewis wrote in a letter to Arthur Greeves, “I can’t imagine a man really enjoying a book and reading it only once.”

Jonathan Auxier, author of several excellent books, including one of my utmost favorites, told me that as a child he read and re-read Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll.

Over 10 years, he read parts of that book every single night before bed.

He doesn’t know why. He can’t pinpoint exactly what it was about that book that was so important to him. But clearly it was.

Kate DiCamillo, who has won multiple Newbery Medals and is one of today’s most celebrated middle grade authors, reads Charlotte’s Web pretty much every year. She says she finds something new there every time.

And I recently read that Robert Frost, the poet who wrote Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening taught his children to re-read the books they loved most of all.

Which takes us right back to that idea from C.S. Lewis of not being able to imagine somebody really enjoying a book and reading it only once.

My challenge to you:

Re-read something this month.

There aren’t any rules here. Just pick something you enjoyed before and re-read it.

See what happens.

A first read is a wonderful experience, indeed. But a second, third, or tenth time through offers riches that cannot be found any other way.

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Rank #13: RAR #120: Focus on What Matters Most (psst, that’s your relationships with your kids)

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I'm willing to bet you're like me, and relationships with your kids matter more to you than just about anything else.

But we're all pulled in a million directions. We're all short on time.

You know what, though?

I think it's easier than we think to focus on what matters most.

Today I am sharing 3 simple ways to strengthen your relationships with your kids this year. Not one of these is complicated, cumbersome, or expensive.

Because nurturing our relationships with our kids is within reach this year, no matter what circumstances we find ourselves in.
Listen in to hear...

3 simple ways to focus on what matters most this year
how to get out of your own way
some wonderful resources that will make it easy for you to build meaningful connections with your family ⬅︎ (you want to hear about these)
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Use the time stamps below to skip to any part of the podcast:

2:20 Kids before books
4:02 Use small pockets of time
6:45 Don't limit yourself!
7:39 Share an experience-- what does that even mean?
10:49 It's allllll about connection
12:10 Snowflake Bentley
13:04 For Narnia and for Aslan!
14:14 This author is like nobody else on earth
15:19 All about service dogs
17:02 Online workshops and more
18:48 Don't forget: 3 simple things (start today!)
19:58 Let the Kids Speak
Links from this episode:

RARmembership.com - learn more about membership, open NOW!
RAR #119: Delighting in Your Own Reading Life, Anne Bogel
I walk you through using the Snowflake Bentley Family Book Club Guide here:
A few quotes from the podcast episode:
"You will not regret a single minute you spend nurturing your relationships with your kids no matter how old they are. Whether they’re babies or toddlers, grade schoolers, or teens, every single minute you spend nurturing your relationships with your kids is time well spent." -Sarah Mackenzie

"We want our kids to leave read-aloud time feeling seen and valued and loved. Whether we finish the story or not doesn’t matter nearly as much as connection with our kids during read-aloud time." - Sarah Mackenzie

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Jan 15 2019

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Rank #14: RAR #127: More Calm, Less Guilt, and Quiet Joy: Introverting (and Extroverting) as a Mom

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Are you an introvert or an extrovert?
On this episode of the Read-Aloud Revival podcast, Jamie Martin from Simple Homeschool is here to chat about being an introverted mom.
I'm an extrovert, so we're comparing what fills us up, what depletes us, and how we can find more calm, less guilt, and quiet joy in mothering-- which I think is what we all long for, no matter our personality type.
Jamie Martin
Of course, we also talk books! Some of our favorite authors were introverts (Lucy Maud Montgomery, anyone?), and Jamie and I can't help but talk about our favorite books whenever we get together.
In this episode, you'll hear...
How to find more calm and less guilt as a mama (yes please, right?)The unique challenges that introvert and extrovert moms both faceWisdom from some of your favorite authors (if your favorite authors happened to write books like Anne of Green Gables and Little Women, that is)
I also answer a listener question about choosing books for very sensitive kids.
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Apr 23 2019

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Rank #15: RAR #64: Helping Resistant Readers Fall in Love with Books, Laura Martin

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Before Laura Martin ever authored her amazing Edge of Extinction series, she was a middle school language arts teacher. And her specialty was helping kids resistant to reading fall in love with books.
In this episode she shares:

some of her favorite tips to get your kids not just reading more, but really loving books
ideas for organizing books by genre and helping your children create a "someday list."
and why kids who want to be writers should be listening to more books than they're reading

Plus: a couple of my kids make an appearance in this episode. They are the ones responsible for introducing me to this fabulous series, after all!
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May 07 2017

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Rank #16: RAR #119: Delighting in Your Own Reading Life, with Anne Bogel

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Would you like to read more in the new year?

I don't mean reading to your kids. I mean reading for you.

Many of us want to read more, but we're not sure how to make that happen. We feel like we can't fit it in, or maybe we even feel guilty when we sit down to read something just for fun.

This episode is just what you need! I'm chatting with Anne Bogel from Modern Mrs. Darcy, author of I'd Rather Be Reading.

In this episode, you'll hear:

why it's OK to prioritize your reading life
how to read more (hint: we all have a bit more time than we think)
why it's just fine to quit a book that is causing a block

Plus, we recommend about 20 books for you ... I mean, of course, right?!
Listener Guide
Use the time stamps below to skip to any part of the podcast:

1:04 Read-Aloud challenge time!
2:40 Books for YOU!
3:44 Listener Q: Should kids read to me?
6:52 Prioritizing your reading life
8:31 Anne Bogel is back!
10:24 Pick a winner
11:51 It is OK to quit
12:56 Has Anne ever had a reading slump?
14:48 I want to read, but how?
18:51 Two types of readers
20:10 Bookworm problems
21:23 Re-reading
25:12 Mysteries
27:47 Historical fiction
29:25 Page-turners
31:06 Beautiful language
33:04 Fast books
34:41 A series
36:32 A classic
37:21 Non-fiction
39:38 Let the Kids Speak
Links from this episode:

Register for the 31 day Read-Aloud Challenge
Modern Mrs. Darcy
What Should I Read Next
RAR #43: Raising Kids Who read, Daniel Willingham
Recommendations by category:
Mysteries:

Sarah: The Lake House by Kate Morton
Anne: The Wife, the Maid, and the Mistress by Ariel Lawhon

Historical Fiction:

Sarah: A Fall of Marigolds by Susan Meissner
Anne: Marilla of Green Gables by Sarah McCoy

Page Turners:

Sarah: The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen
Anne: I'll Be Your Blue Sky by Marisa de los Santos

Books with Beautiful Language:

Sarah: Hannah Coulter by Wendell Berry or Watch With Me by Wendell Berry
Anne: Gilead by Marilynne Robinson

Fast Books:

Sarah: Mitten Strings for God by Katrina Kenison and Gift from the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh
Anne: The Quotidian Mysteries by Kathleen Norris

Favorite Series:

Sarah: The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
Anne: Three Pines Mysteries by Louise Penney, starting with Still Life or The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer, starting with Cinder

Classics:

Sarah: Tremendous Trifles by G.K. Chesterton
Anne: Emma by Jane Austen

Non-fiction:

Sarah: Creativity, Inc. by Ed Catmull
Anne: You Learn by Living by Eleanor Roosevelt or Inheritance by Dani Shapiro
A few quotes from this episode:
"For all of the talk about how important it is to help our kids fall in love with reading, if they don’t actually see the adults in their lives reading for pleasure then why would they believe us when we talk about the refreshment and joy that reading gives or that reading is a worthwhile thing to do just for the joy of it?" -Sarah Mackenzie

"The important thing to remember before you go looking for great books for you is that a great book means different things to different people." - Anne Bogel

"If you were in a reading slump the single best thing you can do is to set aside a book that’s not working for you." - Anne Bogel

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Dec 31 2018

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Rank #17: RAR #109: How to Take Your Kids Around the World through Picture Books

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Most of us can't travel the world with our kids. But that shouldn't keep up us from traveling the world with them through books. Today on the Read-Aloud Revival Podcast, Rea Berg and I are talking about how to take your kids (of all ages) around the world through picture books.

We're chatting about:

why no one 'grows past' picture books
the joy and accomplishment that comes with sharing a book with all ages
how we can give our kids a heart for the world through carefully chosen books

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1:45 Circles, not ladders
3:55 Rea Berg is back!
7:33 Too old for picture books?
10:20 Around the World with Picture Books
13:47 Spreading the feast
15:50 A springboard for older kids
17:55 Giving our kids a heart for the world
18:51 Miles and miles of empathy
25:39 Beauty, wonder and joy
26:33 Let the kids speak

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Aug 28 2018

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Rank #18: RAR #49: Why We Should All Be Reading Aloud to Children

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When I first saw Rebecca Bellingham's TedX talk, Why We Should All Be Reading Aloud to Children, I was so moved that I watched it twice in a row. Then I shot a note off to the Read-Aloud Revival podcast manager: "can we get her on the podcast?"

And we did. :) You're in for a treat in this first episode of season 9!

Rebecca and I discuss:

the theater of reading aloud
having difficult discussions around books
Rebecca's tips for sharing enthusiasm for books with our kids

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Aug 22 2016

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Rank #19: RAR #94: The Lowdown on Reading Aloud to 0-3 Year Olds

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Guess what? The Read-Aloud Family: Making Meaningful and Lasting Connections with Your Kids is now available everywhere!

In this episode, I'm thrilled to share a little from the book about reading aloud to your 0-3 years olds. And of course, I'll make a couple of book suggestions ...

Of course.

You'll hear about:

the most important thing when it comes to reading aloud to kids age 0-3
problems you'll run into when reading with babies and toddlers (and how to navigate them)
my favorite trick for reading aloud when toddlers are melting down -- it's like MAGIC

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2:51 A common question 
5:39 Why read-aloud to newborns and toddlers?
8:34 What can trip you up
9:49 Choosing books for this age group
13:04 A helpful trick
14:11 Favorite books for 0-3's
18:51 Let the kids speak

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Mar 21 2018

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Rank #20: RAR #05: The Importance of Reading Aloud Imperfectly

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We got to hear from Jim Weiss about tips and tricks for character voices and how to be skilled storytellers in episode 4 of the podcast. Now listen in as he tells us that it doesn't need to be done perfectly (and why we shouldn't even try to make it so). I was rather caught off guard by how inspiring and encouraging this conversation was. I know you're going to love it. :)

Listen as we talk about:

the increased value of reading aloud in an age of media overwhelm
using stories to teach morals
how to create lifelong learners instead of perfectionists

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Jun 22 2014

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RAR #145: The Importance of Reading at Whim and Developing Your Own Taste, Alan Jacobs

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I felt my brain waking up during this episode of the Read-Aloud Revival podcast.

My guest is Alan Jacobs, Distinguished Professor of Humanities in the Honors Program at Baylor University, and author of The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction (goodness, I *love* that book).

It was such a delight to have him on the show to talk about those “shoulds” that often trip us up as readers, parents, and educators.

He invites us to read at whim, develop our own reading taste, and raise kids who do the same. Don’t miss this one!

What you’ll hear in today’s show:

  • why it’s important to develop your own taste, and to let your kids do the same
  • the value of reading books that don’t bring you joy
  • and Alan’s answer to the question: What is reading for? (this part is SO good)

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2:12 Q&A: Reading levels 3:23 How reading ‘requirements’ have changed 10:07 Reading at whim 12:10 Trusting your gut 16:20 Broccoli vs. a hot fudge sundae 18:03 Francis Bacon … ‘some books should be tasted’ 19:29 Austin Kleon … ‘it’s just not for me’ 23:03 Fear in choosing books 25:54 Books we love vs. important works 31:40 The surprising delight of reading on a Kindle 36:48 What is reading for? 46:20 Let the kids speak

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Quotes to remember:

“I truly think I would rather read an indifferent book on a lark than a fine one according to schedule and plan.” – Alan Jacobs in The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction

“Some books should be tasted, some devoured, but only a few should be chewed and digested.” – Francis Bacon

“When your kids sit down and you say, ‘You’re going to read this for an hour,’ …regardless of what they’re reading, one of the things you’re doing is giving them an hour’s practice in being attentive. That is huge in our society today.” – Alan Jacobs

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RAR Special Edition: The Woman Who Gave us Miss Rumphius

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I want to introduce you to a remarkable woman.

She won two Caldecott Awards, illustrated more than 100 books during her career, raised four children, and lived life with unique zest and liveliness.

You may recognize her illustrations in any of the following books, including my own favorite, Miss Rumphius, and one of her Caldecott winners, The Ox-Cart Man.

Barbara Cooney was a gift to the world, and in this special edition podcast, I want to introduce you to the woman behind these magnificent books.

What you’ll hear in the show:

  • how this mother of four managed to illustrate over 100 books
  • stories about what it was like growing up with Barbara as a mother (listen in for roosters in the kitchen and mice in the car!)
  • how Barbara made sure her legacy and love for books would continue after her death in 2000

Think you love Miss Rumphius? Just wait till you meet the woman who wrote her onto the page.

You’ll love these books even more after you meet the one and only Barbara Cooney.

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5:19 Claire Danes reads Miss Rumphius 8:25 Knowing beauty, sharing beauty 12:03 The Ox-Cart Man – ‘so exquisite’ 13:01 Roosters and mice 14:20 The Blue Hornet 18:08 ‘An astoundingly good mother’ 19:58 A turquoise tunic and hot pink silk pants 21:40 ‘She opened my eyes to beauty in this world’ 22:48 Doing something meaningful – a new library 24:36 Barbara Cooney’s legacy lives on …

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Quotes to remember:

“Barbara vowed never to talk down to children, and she achieved that. Her books respect children as full persons with a wide range of emotions and dreams and troubles. ” – Sarah Mackenzie

“I looked at it and said to her … you better think where to put the medal, because it was so exquisite. I thought, Oh my goodness, this is going to blow everything else out of the water. And it did.” – Regina Hayes, Editor at Large, Viking

“She opened my eyes to beauty in this world.” – Barnaby Porter (Barbara’s oldest son)

“Anytime you see a book with Barbara Cooney’s name on the cover, whether that be at your library, a bookstore, a used book shop, or a garage sale, snap it up. You’ll be glad you did. She was a gift to many, and she continues to be a gift to us all through the books on our children’s shelves.” – Sarah Mackenzie

Sarah’s favorite books by Barbara Cooney:

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Jan 06 2020

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RAR #144: Take the 31-Day Read-Aloud Challenge

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January is one of the most exciting months of the year here at RAR. Why? Because it’s time for our 31-Day Read-Aloud Challenge, our most popular event of all.

The FREE 31-Day Read-Aloud Challenge will nurture family relationships while helping your kids fall in love with books.

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How does it work?

  1. Request a packet by popping your email in below.
  2. Print a tracker for each of your kids.
  3. Choose a reward for winning the Challenge.

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Everything you need to know is inside that packet.

What if my kids can’t read yet?

They can join in too! Kids who aren’t reading fluently (or at all) can still take part. They’ll simply flip through a picture book and tell the story in their own words— that counts!

You’ll find ideas for your pre-readers inside the packet.

What can they read?

Anything. It all counts for the Challenge.

Who can they read aloud to?

Anyone! A grandparent, sibling, pet, stuffed animal, lego guy… anyone at all.

How do they win?

Your kids win by reading aloud for at least 10 minutes on 25 days in January.

Why 25 days? Isn’t this a “31 day” challenge?

Because we believe in grace! There are 31 days in January, so that means your kids have 31 opportunities to make progress on their goal. Once they’ve read 25 days, they’ve won.

What’s the reward?

You’ll choose a reward that best fits your family. Look inside your packet for ideas. We suggest you choose a reward that is a gift of your time and attention (rather than a material gift).

What’s the point?

We know kids benefit tremendously from hearing books read aloud.

But when kids do the reading aloud themselves, they make tremendous leaps in both their decoding skills and their comprehension. This is true for kids of all ages, not just those who are learning to read.

Reading aloud forces the reader to speak every word in order. In time, they develop skills in elocution, intonation, and pronunciation.

Even better, Challenge participants say their children form incredible bonds with each other. They often fall head-over-heels with reading, even if they weren’t voracious readers before.

Can I get this packet in Spanish? ¿Necesita una traducción al español?

Yep, you sure can. When you sign up for the Challenge, you’ll get a link to download the packet in either English or Spanish.

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Dec 25 2019

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RAR #143: Kate DiCamillo is Back!

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That’s right … Kate DiCamillo is back! And what she has to say is so good, you might find yourself listening more than once.

In this new episode, Kate and I chat about her newest book, Beverly, Right Here, and we also discuss why parents and teachers so often try to quantify what our kids are getting from books.

We have some ideas about how we could better help kids develop their own robust reading life.

I also answer a listener question about how to read aloud with highly visual kids (kids who really want pictures to go along with their books).

What you’ll hear:

  • why the kinds of questions we ask our kids about books matter
  • how to keep joy in reading
  • what Kate really wants readers to get from her books

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Use the time stamps below to skip to any part of the podcast:

1:04 The 31-day challenge is coming! 3:09 Q&A: Reading aloud with visual kids 5:59 Try biographies 7:47 Kate DiCamillo is here! 9:37 Keeping the joy in reading 10:02 Beverly, Right Here 13:02 Helping kids read well 17:15 A careful distinction 18:16 How symbolism can trip us up 19:48 ‘Their heart on the page with my heart’ 23:30 Rereading Charlotte 26:19 Bridge to Terabithia 29:50 Easiest and hardest books to write 33:10 ‘Mercy is falling’ 🐖 🎶 34:13 Which ranchero are you? 36:18 Let the kids speak

Links from this episode:

Quotes to remember:

“I want their heart on the page along with my heart on the page. My heart is there on the page, but it doesn’t become manifest until their heart is there on the page with mine. ” – Kate DiCamillo

Books we talked about during the show:

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Dec 09 2019

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RAR #142: What We’re Reading This Winter ❄️

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In today’s brand new episode of the Read-Aloud Revival, you’ll hear:

  • should you let your kids read ahead of the family read-aloud?
  • how many books can little kids keep up with at once?
  • the simplest way to help your kids fall in love with books (and help *you* fall in love with homeschooling)

I’m also sharing our winter Family Book Club picks in RAR Premium.

We always say this, but it’s worth repeating: our book club selections are cream-of-the-crop…

…and this winter it’s no different! 😍

Ready for this episode? Listen in!

With thousands of happy members inside RAR Premium, we’ve heard a lot of great stories about how their kids are falling in love with books, and how moms like you are falling in love with homeschooling.

This note from Amber is one of my favorites:

“I think the biggest and most surprising difference from joining RAR Premium is actually in my husband. He is so connected to what the kids and I are doing now, and he wants to watch the Author Events and be a part of the Family Book Clubs.

I regret waiting so long to join.”

And here’s another one from Sara:

“Before we joined, I wondered if we’d use it all that much because my kids were just 6 and 2. I wish I would have jumped in sooner! The master classes are the best thing I have ever done for my homeschool.

Just try it! You really have nothing to lose, but a world of goodness to gain.”

And the clincher is this one from Kameron:

“Membership here is worth more than I pay for curriculum for a year. I promise you will not regret it.”

Good stuff, right? Your kids can fall in love with books, and you can fall in love with homeschooling. Join us in RAR Premium.

We’re waiting for you!

Get RAR Premium

Each season in RAR Premium, we read 1 novel and 3 picture books as part of our Family Book Club. We choose books with kids of all ages in mind, because we believe that families connect best when they read together. 💚

Here’s what’s up next in our Family Book Club:

Premium Members also get a Family Book Club Guide to go with each of these, and we always wrap up by live streaming the author or illustrator of that book, so your kids can ask their own questions.

There’s just nothing else like it.

… but actually, RAR Premium isn’t just for your kids.

In fact, most of our members would probably tell you that the person who gets the most from being a member is Mama herself! 😎

That’s because we offer regular Master Classes that help you teach from rest and lead with confidence in your homeschool.

There’s a whole library of Master Classes available to you (it’s a huge library!) when you join RAR Premium. You can see the list of what’s included in the library right here.

(We hear often that a single one of these classes is worth the price of membership… and we’ve got a whole library of them for you to watch at anytime!)

Brand new this coming January, however, is something a little extra special.

Circle with Sarah are our upcoming monthly coaching sessions to help you teach from rest, get to the things that matter most in your homeschool, and best of all…

…help you fall in love with your homeschooling life.

If you want to make reading aloud the very best part of your upcoming school year, we are your people and RAR Premium is your place. Come join us!

You’ll find out why our members say things like this…

Get RAR Premium

Podcast Episode Listener Guide

Use the time stamps below to skip to any part of the podcast:

1:40
Your place and your people
2:25
When kids want to read ahead in your read-aloud
5:20
How many read-alouds is too many?
8:11
What we’re reading this winter
9:50
Meet the authors and illustrators!
11:22
Christmas magic
13:04
A perfect picture book
15:29
Little House
17:52
Renee Graef is coming to RAR
19:03
Painting with Nana!
20:18
Circle with Sarah
22:11
‘Knocking over dominoes’
23:37
Let the Kids Speak

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Nov 21 2019

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RAR #141: Why Re-Reading is Possibly the Best Reading

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Why re-read? This is a question we get a lot at RAR, and I’m not going to beat around the bush…

I’m convinced there is a lot to gain from rereading. Today, I’m going to tell you why.

If you have a child who re-reads the same book over and over, we’re going to talk about it.

And if you or someone you love has recently read the same picture book to a little one every night for months, I’ve got some good news for you.

What we’re about to tackle:

  • why re-reading may just be the very best kind of reading
  • what’s to gain from re-reading?
  • how our kids benefit from revisiting their favorite books (and the rewards are huge!)

If you’d like to listen to this as a podcast episode, click the play button below. Or you can read the whole essay by scrolling down.

Listener Guide

Use the time stamps below to skip to any part of the podcast:

1:45 How often do you rewatch your favorite movie? 4:37 Knowledge and vocabulary 6:21 Reading comprehension 7:57 Reading for plot 11:20 How we change 14:30 Kate DiCamillo and Charlotte’s Web 15:59 A challenge for you 17:04 How to log re-reading 18:58 Let the kids speak

What’s the deal with re-reading?

Consider: how often do you re-watch your favorite movie or re-listen to a favorite album, a favorite song?

I asked this question on Facebook, and the responses surprised me. “10 times” was one of the lower responses. And I could not believe how many people said “over 100 times”.

Nobody even thought it was a weird question.

We expect to revisit our favorite stories again and again.

So what’s the deal with revisiting our favorite stories, movies, songs, and books?

There’s more here than meets the eye, so let’s dig in.

Reward #1: Books become lifelong companions

I bet we can all agree on this: we want books to become some of our children’s lifelong companions.

I want my kids to see the Laura Ingalls Wilder books or The Chronicles of Narnia or S.D. Smith’s Green Ember books on a bookshelf 20 years from now and feel like they’re bumping into old friends.

I want them to remember who they are and remember where they came from when they see those book covers.

But friendship isn’t instantaneous. Friendship takes time.

You wouldn’t feel like someone you had a single conversation with at a coffee shop was one of your closest friends or life companions, right?

Relationships with books and with book characters take time as well.

If we want books to become our children’s lifelong companions, then they need to spend some quality time with those characters and those stories.

They do that by re-reading.

Reward #2: Better retention of knowledge & vocabulary

A recent study found that children are more likely to retain knowledge of new vocabulary if they’re exposed to words through repeatedly reading the same book than if they’re encountering those new words in different books.

New knowledge and better vocabulary are two academic gains all kids get from reading, even on a first-go-round.

Re-read that book, and the retention of vocabulary goes up.

This is really good news for anyone with kids who like the same book to be read over and over and over again.

Pro Tip: Generally speaking, you’ll find the best, most beautiful language in picture books.

Picture books tend to be crammed with beautiful language (yes, even more than novels), so when in doubt, grab a picture book and read it as many times as your kids will listen!

Reward #3: Improved fluency & comprehension

What we really mean by fluency is this: how accurately your child can read a text with the correct expression while also understanding what he/she is reading.

This is probably obvious, but the more often you read a picture book, the better you get at reading aloud that picture book.

You know this is true. If you’ve read a picture book a number of times, you know where to slow down, where to speed up, where to pause. It’s familiar territory.

It’s like walking a well-worn path instead of blazing a new trail.

The same is true when our kids are reading for themselves.

Let’s say your child wants to re-read Charlotte’s Web over and over (in which case I’d point out that your child has excellent taste 😉)…

…even if he’ reading it silently to himself, he’s gaining fluency each time he reads it. The way the language sits, the way it works, how it hangs together… it’s all syncing up in your child’s brain. Your child is become a more fluent reader.

Re-reading puts fluency on jet fuel. Your child makes tremendous gains in fluency by reading favorite books over and over.

Reward #4: Reading past the plot

The first time we read through a book, most of us are reading for plot. Our brains want to know the answer to the question, “What happens next?”

It’s just how we’re wired.

On the second, third, or 30th reading of a book, however, our brain is free to ask deeper, more layered questions.

We know what happens next, so now we’re catching beautiful turns of phrase. We’re seeing a hint of foreshadowing.

We’re noticing these subtle nuances that are only gifted to re-readers.

There are questions that don’t surface for us when we’re reading for plot. They only surface once the question of “what happens next?” has been answered.

How do we get there?

You got it. Re-reading.

Reward #5: It’s a whole different book because you’re a whole different person

Not only are our brains wired to ask a different set of questions (and pick up on deeper nuances) with a re-read, but we’re different than we were the first time through.

You never read the same book twice.

We’re different people every time we come to a book. That’s why we can read Little Women as a 13-year-old girl and then read it as a 35-year-old woman and somehow it feels completely new and fresh.

As a 13-year-old girl, we probably weren’t identifying much with Marmee. It was all Jo, all the time. As a grown woman, I still identify with Jo, but I have a different kind of respect and attention to Marmee.

I’m a mother now, so I’m reading from a different lens.

I’m a different person, so we come to the book with different experiences.

As years pass, we gain a slew of life experiences, and we bring those experiences into our reading every time we open a book.

The same thing is true for your kids. Every time they re-read that old favorite, they’re having a new experience.

They are coming to the page as a different person than they were last time (even if it was only last week!).

The first encounter is never a complete encounter.

In The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction, Alan Jacobs writes, “A first encounter with the worthwhile book is never a complete encounter and we’re usually in error to make it a final one.”

If we go in to a reading experience understanding that we don’t have to get everything on the first go-round, we’re then free to enjoy that first encounter for what it is: a first encounter.

We are free to get caught up in the plot, without worrying that we’re missing out on deeper shades of meaning, on important themes, on poignant turns of language.

The first time you’re blazing the trail, it’s going to be a different experience than when you’re walking it as a well-worn path.

Don’t just take my word for it…

C.S. Lewis wrote in a letter to Arthur Greeves, “I can’t imagine a man really enjoying a book and reading it only once.”

Jonathan Auxier, author of several excellent books, including one of my utmost favorites, told me that as a child he read and re-read Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll.

Over 10 years, he read parts of that book every single night before bed.

He doesn’t know why. He can’t pinpoint exactly what it was about that book that was so important to him. But clearly it was.

Kate DiCamillo, who has won multiple Newbery Medals and is one of today’s most celebrated middle grade authors, reads Charlotte’s Web pretty much every year. She says she finds something new there every time.

And I recently read that Robert Frost, the poet who wrote Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening taught his children to re-read the books they loved most of all.

Which takes us right back to that idea from C.S. Lewis of not being able to imagine somebody really enjoying a book and reading it only once.

My challenge to you:

Re-read something this month.

There aren’t any rules here. Just pick something you enjoyed before and re-read it.

See what happens.

A first read is a wonderful experience, indeed. But a second, third, or tenth time through offers riches that cannot be found any other way.

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RAR #140: How to Fold Poetry into Your Routine, with Sally Thomas

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Poetry is beautiful, captivating and (for a lot of us) a little intimidating, right?

Our goal with this episode is to show you how simple and delightful sharing poetry with your kids can be.

My guest today says we can’t force poetry, but we can share it naturally… and that just might be the key to helping our kids develop a lifelong love.

If you want to help your kids fall in love with beautiful language, there’s no better (or simpler) way to start than with a poem.

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On today’s episode:

  • why and how to incorporate poetry into your routine
  • what to do if you feel intimidated
  • how to develop a true affection for poetry (it’s more fun than you think!)

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1:34
Q&A: If your kids skim books
3:27
Read aloud … together
6:00
Step down the reading level
7:53
Meet Sally Thomas
8:34
Why poetry?
11:10
The habit of attention
14:21
How and when to begin poetry
17:14
‘Poetry as Enchantment’
19:18
Weaving in poetry
23:15
Enjoying poems yourself
25:26
Copywork and memorization
29:43
Favorite resources
31:07
Let the kids speak

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Quotes to remember:

“We really hamstring ourselves when we think poetry’s got to be serious, exalted, or that we’ve got to ‘teach’ it.” – Sally Thomas

“Memorized poems are a tiny bit of beauty tucked into your pocket. Your kids can pull it out anytime and look at it.”  – Sarah Mackenzie

“A lot of people are afraid to trust the surface of the poem, because they’ve been taught that it’s just a mask for something else—that you haven’t really ‘understood’ the poem until you’ve taken the mask off. But it’s not like you’ve missed the point. If you just read the surface, you’ve still gotten it.” – Sally Thomas

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RAR #139: Kindness Over Curiosity: Favorite Books Featuring Differently Abled Characters

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Is there a better way to nurture empathy and compassion than through books? That’s the question we address in this episode with special guest, Courtney Westlake.

Courtney’s daughter, Brenna, was born with a skin condition that makes her appear “different” to many people.

On today’s show, Courtney shares not just her family’s experience, but also how we can teach our kids kindness and understanding when it comes to differences.

What you’ll hear:

  • how to help kids grow in empathy
  • how books help us walk in another person’s shoes
  • our favorite books for teaching about differences and disabilities

We’ve got a list of RAR-recommended books that feature differently-abled characters below, and you can also find Courtney’s excellent book recommendations in her guide, Celebrating Our Stories.

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1:20 Good questions to ask our kids about books 4:26 Creative narration ideas 6:45 Meet Courtney Westlake 9:12 ‘Stories – the way we make sense of life’ 11:28 Practicing empathy 12:26 ‘A Different Kind of Beautiful’ 15:09 ‘Celebrating Our Stories’ 17:47 Books that feature differently abled kids 21:37 Middle-grade and chapter books 24:16 Picture book biographies 26:33 Differences, quirks and uniqueness 30:28 Courtney’s pick 32:57 Let the kids speak

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“Recent research shows that kids who read a lot of stories (or who are read to a lot as children) end up growing up and being more kind, empathetic adults. And in fact adults who continue to read fiction tend to be more kind, empathetic humans than those who don’t.” – Sarah Mackenzie

“There is no normal, there’s no perfect. There is no ‘ideal.’ My daughter is certainly not the different ones simply because her appearance is noticeably unusual. What an incredible world it might be if we could show our children how to recognize that others are truly people first despite any differences.” – Courtney Westlake

“Stories, the way we make sense of life …” – Katherine Paterson

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Oct 15 2019

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RAR #138: How to Choose Books for Your Kids

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Your local library or bookshop (if you’re lucky, both!) is likely filled with children’s books.

Many are simply marvelous—the kind of books you don’t mind reading aloud over and over, and that you’re delighted to hand to your kids.

Others? Not so much.

So how do we decide which books to read with our kids?

How do we connect our kids with books they’ll love… especially when we haven’t read most of them?

That’s what today’s episode is all about.

On today’s episode of the podcast…

  • What is a good book, anyway?
  • How to choose books without a booklist using the 3-Question Test
  • How to know when to ditch a book

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Listener Guide

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1:28 Choosing books 5:03 Become a literary matchmaker 7:46 Raising real, adult readers 11:32 What is a good book? 13:43 ‘More grateful to be alive’ 14:49 Book lists are training wheels 17:01 Sarah’s 3-question test 19:34 Know when to ditch the book 22:35 The right jelly bean 26:06 A small bowl of marshmallows 28:45 Break the rules 30:44 Let the kids speak

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Quotes to remember:

A book that fails to leave the reader with hope has neglected its most important role: to help the reader see the world afresh.” – Sarah Mackenzie

“There isn’t any book list your children must get through by a certain age to be well-read, well-educated or ready for the world. Might I repeat that? Your kids don’t need to read certain books by the time they leave your home.” Sarah Mackenzie

“I am almost inclined to set it up as a canon that a children’s story which is enjoyed only by children is a bad children’s story. The good ones last.” – C.S. Lewis

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Oct 01 2019

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RAR #137: Why Your Kids Love Graphic Novels (and which we like best!)

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Graphic novels … they sometimes make us a little nervous, right?

As parents, we worry if they have any value…

In this episode of the Read-Aloud Revival podcast, I’m joined by the RAR Team, and we’re talking all things graphic novels.

Do they count as real reading? Will they make our kids lazy readers? And what about questionable content?

What you’ll hear in today’s show …

  • what’s happening in your child’s brain when they read a graphic novel (aka what on earth is “multi-modal” reading?)
  • why some kids can’t get enough of them
  • our favorite graphic novels to read in our own homes

And you’ll find a whole slew of our favorites in the booklist below. Pop in your email for the printable version. Scroll down for the clickable version.)

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1:45
Graphics novels for middle schoolers and older
2:52
Helping graphic novel fans expand their reading
6:22
What is a graphic novel?
8:16
Graphic novels as storytelling
10:06
This matters: multimodal reading
11:34
Jan Brett and her panels
13:26
How graphic novels are like audiobooks
15:54
Kortney’s artistic pals
17:31
Choosing graphic novels
19:26
Great sources
21:08
Where to start
22:58
Classics with scaffolding
29:43
Drawing books
30:28
Spreading a feast
35:39
Let the kids speak

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Quotes to remember:

“I catch myself thinking that text-only is the best kind of reading … but that’s not the case. Reading a story in text-only is indeed a beautiful kind of storytelling, but so is visual storytelling.” – Sarah Mackenzie

We don’t know always exactly what our kids are getting from a book. We make our own judgments about what they’re doing, but that book might be feeding something in them that we don’t know fully what it is.” – Kortney Garrison

If our goal is that they fall in love with reading, these books can absolutely help them do that and be part of just a whole spectrum of reading.” – Kara Anderson

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Sep 17 2019

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RAR #136: If You Want Your Kids to Love Reading, Try This

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I'm willing to bet that if you're reading this, you're hoping to raise kids who love reading.
Think back for a second. Were the books you were assigned in school the same books you stayed up reading under the covers, late at night with a flashlight?
When you were done writing the book report or the essay, did you eagerly start the book over, only to dive back into the utter delight of losing yourself in the story?
Would you say those books became one of your childhood’s sweetest delights? Or were you just relieved to have "done" the book?
See, all kids love stories when they are younger. Loving stories isn't the problem.
The problem arises when reading becomes something we do for school—for a grade or an assignment.
The problem arises when our kids start to see reading as something on their list of to-do's, rather than as one of life's sweetest delights.
Today, we're turning that on its head.
See, we have the opportunity to engage our kids with books differently-- in a way that helps them love a book more after they've read it (rather than relieved that they're done with the book).
It's simple and doable, and on this episode of the Read-Aloud Revival, I'm breaking it down. Want to help your kids love reading? Don't miss this one.
In today's show, you'll hear:
4 simple steps you can take to change the way your kids interact with books... for the betterwhy this will be a game-changer for your child's reading life
If you'd like a one-page printable guide that breaks down the four steps I talk about in this episode, just text REVIVAL to the number 33777, or enter your email below:
Get the Printable 4-step Guide Want my notes on this one so you don't forget the 4 steps? Where should I send them?

Sep 03 2019

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RAR #135: What We’re Reading This Fall (and an invitation 💌)

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Today, I've got a podcast episode and an invitation to RAR Premium for you.
First: the podcast. In this newest episode, I"m sharing what we're reading this fall at Read-Aloud Revival. We've looked high and low and found what we think are three spectacular picture books and a novel (okay, a series) for you to share with your kids this fall.
I'll tell you each of my selections and why I picked them. I can't wait for you to see these. 😍
In the episode, you'll also hear...
why your newly minted reader might not be a voracious one (and what to do about it)a great way to include Dad in reading aloudhow we can easily build memories just by reading together and having dinner (#winning)
...and I answer a listener question about if it's OK to listen to a book before reading it.
And now, your invitation:
RAR Premium is the best we offer at Read-Aloud Revival, and I want to send you an official invitation to join us.
(Imagine a bookish wax sealed envelope flying out of your screen and dropping into your lap. Now open it up...💌 )
Each season in RAR Premium, we read 1 novel and 3 picture books as part of our Family Book Club. We choose books with kids of all ages in mind, because we believe that families connect best when they read together. 💚
Here's what's up next in our Family Book Club:
Premium Members also get a Family Book Club Guide to go with each of these, and we always wrap up by live streaming the author or illustrator of that book, so your kids can ask their own questions.
There's just nothing else like it.
… but actually, RAR Premium isn't just for your kids.
In fact, most of our members would probably tell you that the person who gets the most from being a member is Mama herself! 😎
That's because we offer regular Master Classes that help you teach from rest and lead with confidence in your homeschool.
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Aug 19 2019

31mins

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RAR #134: Author Access with Sally Lloyd-Jones (author of The Jesus Storybook Bible)

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In this very special episode of the Read-Aloud Revival, we're sharing an Author Access with the wonderful Sally Lloyd Jones.
This was an event celebrating her book Goldfish on Vacation, which we read together as a community in RAR Premium.
Sally even reads aloud to us in this one (twice!)
Sally also shares ...
beautiful tips for young writerswhich was the most challenging Bible story for her to writesomething that means even more to her as a writer than medals and awards
To get the FREE Family Book Club Guide that goes along with this Author Access, text RAR to 33777, or put your email in a little lower on this page.
You can listen to this one, or watch the video.
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Aug 06 2019

1hr 6mins

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RAR #133: Books Take You Places (and some favorite seaside titles)

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Today we're heading to the coast of Maine... at least in our imagination.
I'm chatting with Amanda Dykes, author of the adult fiction novel, Whose Waves These Are, in a summer episode that celebrates seaside tales.
In this episode, Amanda and I chat about...
how the books we read as children can impact us for lifethe unique way that books transport ushow books can serve as "functional souvenirs" (the best kind!)
I also answer a listener question about organizing personal vs family books, and how I decide if a book should become part of our permanent collection. (The book I mention in this part is Outside Your Window by Nicola Davies and Mark Hearld.)
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Jul 22 2019

35mins

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RAR #132: Books for Teens, and Why YA is a Genre (not a reading level)

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If you've got teens (or kids who will be teens before you know it), this episode is for you. We're talking about books for teens, and why the YA/teen section of your library or bookstore is not a reading level.
In this episode, you'll find out:
what YA is and what it isn'ta few issues with YA/teen bookswhether it's essential for teens to read YA on the way to adulthood
Of course, I'm also going to recommend some books... because that's what we do best around here!
Click the "play" button below to hear the podcast, or scroll down to read the article. The podcast show notes are at the bottom of this post.
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Jul 08 2019

32mins

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RAR #131: Books About the Moon Landing

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3, 2, 1 ... Blast off! 🚀🌒
If you're looking for picture books about the moon landing, you're in the right place!
July 20th marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar mission, and we've got the list of books to celebrate it!
These books are for all ages and will help your family learn and celebrate together.
In this episode I'm sharing ...
how (and why) to share picture books with your older kidsa little about why back matter ... matters! a few of my favorite moon-themed books
I also answer a listener question about helping your library get connected with the Read-Aloud Revival. (hint: we have a kit for that!)
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Jun 24 2019

29mins

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RAR #130: Reading Aloud as an Obstinate Act of Love, with Meghan Cox Gurdon

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In our culture today, is reading aloud an 'obstinate act of love?' Meghan Cox Gurdon, this week's guest and author of The Enchanted Hour, believes so.
Meghan is the Wall Street Journal's children's book reviewer and says her five kids were a built-in focus group.
You'll hear us chat about ...
the power of reading books again and againthe value of conversations around booksis reading aloud real reading?
I also answer a listener question about how to continue reading aloud throughout the summer when schedules are wonky, and share some of my favorite audio books for preschool-age children.
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Jun 10 2019

39mins

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RAR #129: Jim Weiss: Storytime with Jim Weiss (and how to read aloud better!)

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In this episode we welcome back Jim Weiss, master storyteller and a voice so many of us recognize.
This is a fantastic episode to enjoy with your kids, because Jim tells us two stories during the show: Stone Soup and a tale of Sherlock Holmes, The Mazarin Stone.
Gather everyone 'round and enjoy!
You'll also hear ...
Jim's two rules for telling our children stories (you'll love them)How to handle interruptions... and how to clarify what's happening in a story without "breaking character"Why you're probably better at reading aloud than you realize...
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May 27 2019

48mins

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RAR #128: Read with Us – The Secret Garden

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Today I have a free gift for you. At Read-Aloud Revival Premium, we are reading The Secret Garden this summer, and we'd love for you to read along with us!
Although our Family Book Club Guides are usually only for our Premium members, we really wanted to invite you along for this read-aloud summer.
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May 06 2019

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RAR #127: More Calm, Less Guilt, and Quiet Joy: Introverting (and Extroverting) as a Mom

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Are you an introvert or an extrovert?
On this episode of the Read-Aloud Revival podcast, Jamie Martin from Simple Homeschool is here to chat about being an introverted mom.
I'm an extrovert, so we're comparing what fills us up, what depletes us, and how we can find more calm, less guilt, and quiet joy in mothering-- which I think is what we all long for, no matter our personality type.
Jamie Martin
Of course, we also talk books! Some of our favorite authors were introverts (Lucy Maud Montgomery, anyone?), and Jamie and I can't help but talk about our favorite books whenever we get together.
In this episode, you'll hear...
How to find more calm and less guilt as a mama (yes please, right?)The unique challenges that introvert and extrovert moms both faceWisdom from some of your favorite authors (if your favorite authors happened to write books like Anne of Green Gables and Little Women, that is)
I also answer a listener question about choosing books for very sensitive kids.
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Apr 23 2019

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