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Rank #35 in Kids & Family category

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We help your kids fall in love with books. We help you fall in love with homeschooling.

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We help your kids fall in love with books. We help you fall in love with homeschooling.

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Got ME Reading Again!

By Got2BJoy - May 20 2020
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About 7 years ago I first heard Sarah Mackenzie talk about the importance of reading to your kids and it inspired me to pick up books again. As a mom of two boys who now LOVE books and story I credit a big part of that to this wonderful podcast.

Great Podcast for Parents

By stephfit - Feb 25 2020
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This is a great podcast to learn how to make reading enjoyable for your family.

iTunes Ratings

2260 Ratings
Average Ratings
2133
78
21
17
11

Got ME Reading Again!

By Got2BJoy - May 20 2020
Read more
About 7 years ago I first heard Sarah Mackenzie talk about the importance of reading to your kids and it inspired me to pick up books again. As a mom of two boys who now LOVE books and story I credit a big part of that to this wonderful podcast.

Great Podcast for Parents

By stephfit - Feb 25 2020
Read more
This is a great podcast to learn how to make reading enjoyable for your family.
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We help your kids fall in love with books. We help you fall in love with homeschooling.

Rank #1: 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.
In this episode, you'll hear:
the most important thing when it comes to reading aloud to kids age 0-3problems 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 up9:49 Choosing books for this age group13:04 A helpful trick14:11 Favorite books for 0-3's18:51 Let the kids speak
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Mar 21 2018

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Rank #2: 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.
In this episode, you'll hear:
why boys might prefer to read non-fiction, and why we should let themwhy we don't need to worry about our kids reading graphic novelshow 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 #3: RAR #92: Books Boys Love (that aren’t just books for boys)

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Sometimes it can be tricky to find books for boys.
It's not so much that they need different books than girls do, but... well...
...at some point, you may find it's difficult to match your boys up with books they love.
You know what I mean, right?
The kind of books they'll stay up late reading with a flashlight underneath the covers. The kind of books that give them an insatiable thirst for reading. The kind of books that turn them into readers.
These books, of course, are not just books for boys. Many appeal to my girls, as well! 
But if you have a boy in your life who just doesn't love reading (yet!), then this episode of the Read-Aloud Revival podcast is for you.
You can download the printable version of this booklist right here:
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Mar 13 2018

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Rank #4: RAR #51: The Golden Age of Children’s Books

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Reading aloud is a treat, and Carole Joy Seid wants us to remember that every time we pick up a book to share with our kids.
In this episode, she is joining us again to talk about the Golden Age of Children's Literature. Some of these books may be new to you, and some you may have heard of before, but wondered if they would stand the test of time and still make great read-alouds. (Hint: They do!)
You're going to want to listen carefully - Carole shares tons of great suggestion with her signature enthusiasm from authors like:
Lois Lenskithe d'AulairesHoward Pyle and more!
These books will definitely help your family build memories around the moments spent cuddled together reading.
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Sep 20 2016

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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, you'll hear:
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 elsehow 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 want8:00 The impact of a peaceful and happy parent10:00 Competition kills joy14:32 Connection, Community and Confidence18:09 Time & attention - how to make it count24:26 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 #50: How Books Spark Easy Projects & Play

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When it comes to activities for your preschoolers, do you often feel overwhelmed? I do. I've overcomplicated it in the past, and that's left me a bit tired when it comes to creating a warm and rich learning environment for my youngest kids.
Jennifer Pepito has re-inspired my enthusiasm, however.
In this episode, you'll hear:
focus on simple play based on booksput connecting with our young kids firstmake learning to read more active
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Sep 06 2016

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Rank #7: RAR #47: How to Read the Classics with Kids (even if you’ve never read them before)

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If you didn't read a whole lot of classics growing up, chances are you're feeling a little worried about how to read them with your own children. If so, then this episode of the Read-Aloud Revival podcast is for you.
In this episode, you'll hear:
keeping your wits about you at the librarystudying history chronologicallyread response journaling
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May 31 2016

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Rank #8: 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 gamewhy 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 options12:40 Get the list13:50 Readers by All About Reading19:16 Early/easy reader books + Cynthia Rylant22:14 Another favorite author/illustrator24:08 Arnold Lobel - a master!26:02 Little Bear27:10 Mouse & Mole, Ling & Ting and Frances29:15 Fox & Crow and Inch & Roly30:00 Mo Willems and reading from memory31:12 Classics!33:01 Let the kids speak
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Jul 29 2018

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Rank #9: RAR #101: 3 Steps to Connecting with Your Kids this Summer

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I don't know about you, but I want to make some really awesome memories with my kids this summer.

I don't want the whole season to pass in a whirlwind of swimming lessons, camping trips, and sticky popsicle juice without getting a chance to look into my kids' eyes, get to know them  better, and have some great conversations.

If that's you too, then this episode of the podcast is for you. We're talking about three simple steps you can use to connect with your kids this summer in a meaningful and memorable way.

No matter what ages your kids are, let's make a fantastic reading summer.

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Step 1: Choose a single novel to read this summer

You don't have to read a pile of books to have a great reading summer. Just choose one single book and then try to read a chapter most days.

If you'd like, pick up a copy of The Trumpet of the Swan and then download my FREE Family Book Club Guide--  you can use it with kids of all ages, and you'll be in good company when you join us!

Step 2: Peg your read-aloud time

See if you can simply tack your read-aloud session onto something else that is already happening each day. A meal, for instance. If you don't have to work up the gumption to decide to read aloud, you'll find yourself doing it more often.

Also, you don't have to read aloud with your kids every single day to make a difference. Just aim for every other day, and see what kind of difference it makes.

If you'd like to keep track of how many days you read aloud to your kids 10 minutes or more, use this FREE summer read-aloud sheet to track your progress:

Step 3: Talk about the books you're reading

Get in the habit of asking your kids, "Who was the most _ in this story?" (fill that _ with any character trait).

This doesn't need to be a sit-down ordeal. Just ask this question casually as you lather your kids up in sunscreen, hand them a popsicle as they run out the door, or when you're in the car.

The key is to focus on asking questions (and don't worry too much if the answers you get aren't especially profound).

These three steps will make a huge difference in your child's love of reading, in his or her enthusiasm about books, and in your own relationships within your home.

If you want to hear more tips and ideas for each of the three steps, make sure you listen to this episode of the podcast-- because all the juicy stuff is in there! Just click the "play" button toward the top of this post.

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I’m willing to bet that if you even dip a toe into membership this summer, your kids and you will make some of your favorite summer memories around books shared together.

And that? That will be a summer neither of you will forget.

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May 30 2018

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Rank #10: RAR #60: Your Job is to Plant the Seed, a conversation with Sally Lloyd Jones

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So many of us know Sally Lloyd Jones best as the author of the beloved Jesus Storybook Bible.
Now you're going to just love hearing her insightful thoughts about sharing stories with our kids.
This is a sweet, but powerful episode that might catch you off guard- Sally is such a joy to listen to, and her words pack a big punch.
In this episode, you'll hear:
reaching our children through storieshow she found the bravery to write a children's bibleand as we celebrate a special milestone for that very book- 10 years!
Also: this week we're giving away two copies of the beautiful Jesus Storybook Bible on Instagram- come on over for your chance to win.
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Mar 12 2017

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Rank #11: 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.
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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 #12: RAR #57: How Stories Shaped an Out-of-the-Box Kid, Sally & Nathan Clarkson

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Nathan Clarkson grew up as an out-of-the-box kid living with ADHD, mental illness, and (thankfully) a very loving mother, Sally.
The two have recently published their story in the book Different, which details how stories helped to shape Nathan, and how his mom came to decide that what other people thought about their parenting and educational approach was irrelevant.
In this episode, you'll hear:
how books shaped Nathan's out-of-the-box childhoodwhy Sally and Nathan are so grateful for the time they spent reading togetherhow stories can help during dark times
Whether you are parenting an out-of-the-box child or not, this episode reminds us to embrace our children, just they way they are, and inspires us to use books to help them along the way.
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Jan 31 2017

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Rank #13: 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, you'll hear:
some of her favorite tips to get your kids not just reading more, but really loving booksideas 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 #14: RAR #100: Jeanne Birdsall, The Penderwicks, and over 4 Million Downloads

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Can you believe it? It's Episode 100!  And amazingly, we just crossed over a pretty huge milestone here at The Read-Aloud Revival: over 4 million downloads of the podcast.
You know, I couldn't have picked a better guest for this week's 100th episode celebration. In today's episode, I'm chatting with Jeanne Birdsall, author of the Penderwicks series.
The final book in the series, The Penderwicks at Last is available today, so your Penderwicks fans are going to want to get their hands on that right away.
In this episode, you'll hear:
what is was like for Jeanne to get her first book publishedhow she always imagined the Penderwicks series as one single storywhich books inspired her writing (I bet you can guess a few!)
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1:49 Meet Jeanne3:32 The first Penderwicks book gets published8:23 Jeanne's writing process11:53 Where the story came from14:28 Get signed copies!15:09 Which books inspired Jeanne16:52 What you might not know about the characters21:03 Ahhhh, Mr. Penderwick22:27 Questions about the craft of writing27:42 The hardest part of writing29:26 Let's talk about revision32:23 What's next from Jeanne BIrdsall...33:53 Book 5: The Penderwicks at Last37:58 Fan mail39:14 Writing tips44:06 Let the kids speak
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May 14 2018

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Rank #15: 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.
In this episode, 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 school5:35 Kate DiCamillo is here!9:29 'Same side of the table'10:54 In a new light12:03 Trying to get to the table15:12 How we talk about books18:45 Not getting in the way of the story25:11 The Great Conversation28:19 Themes and stars32:02 Microscopes, telescopes and flashlights34:21 Character wants versus needs36:16 More Mercy37:10 Writing advice39:01 A coffee invitation41:01 Let the Kids Speak
Links from this episode:
RAR #81: Eavesdropping on the Soul, a conversation with Katherine PatersonRAR #34: Reading Aloud Around a Traditional School ScheduleKate DiCamillo on The Magic of Reading Aloud - PBS.orgKate on FacebookAndrew Peterson musicRAR #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 #16: RAR #62: Inspiring a Love of Nature Through Books, Greta Eskridge

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Take a peek at Greta Eskridge's Instagram account, and you might just see her shin-deep in a tide pool with her kids, or hanging out on top of a mountain.
It's clear that Greta adores nature. But as a child, believe it or not, Greta didn't spend a lot of time in nature. What did she do? She read about it.
Now as a mama of four, Greta shares those same books with her children.
In this episode, you'll hear:
books that fuel a love of naturehow books transport usand her tips for stress-free nature journaling with kids
Even if you don't have a nature preserve in your back yard, this episode will help you instill a deep love of nature in your kids. The best part? Doing it through beautiful books.
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Apr 10 2017

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Rank #17: 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 longerwhy it's absolutely OK for kids to be "busy" during read-aloud timewhat 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 #18: 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.
In this episode, you'll hear:
why no one 'grows past' picture booksthe joy and accomplishment that comes with sharing a book with all ageshow we can give our kids a heart for the world through carefully chosen books
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1:45 Circles, not ladders3:55 Rea Berg is back!7:33 Too old for picture books?10:20 Around the World with Picture Books13:47 Spreading the feast15:50 A springboard for older kids17:55 Giving our kids a heart for the world18:51 Miles and miles of empathy25:39 Beauty, wonder and joy26:33 Let the kids speak
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Aug 28 2018

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Rank #19: RAR #48: Give Your Child the World, Raising Globally Minded Kids One Book at a Time– Jamie Martin

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We're a whole week early! We couldn't hold onto this podcast episode for another day without sharing it with you.
Jamie Martin's brand new book, Give Your Child the World: Raising Globally Minded Kids One Book at a Time releases today, and she came onto the show to talk about what it looks like to give our kids a heart for the world right from our cozy living rooms.
In this episode, you'll hear:
how stories can knit a family togetherraising globally minded kidsand a brand new summer book club that you're gonna want to know about!
P.S. There's a giveaway at the bottom of this post! :)
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Jun 07 2016

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Rank #20: RAR #53: Can a Children’s Book Change the World? Linda Sue Park

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Linda Sue Park is the author of more than 20 books- including Newbery Award winning A Single Shard (an astounding book and every bit deserving of the Newbery) and the world-changer, A Long Walk to Water.
When we were drumming up ideas for who to have on the podcast this season, I knew one thing for sure: I wanted to talk to Linda Sue Park.
I'm a mega-fan of Linda Sue Park, and in this episode, we take on whether children's books can change the world.
Do you think they can? Listen and hear what Linda Sue Park thinks - you might be surprised!
In this episode, you'll hear:
diversity in children's literaturehow books give kids 'practice' for lifeadvice for young writers
P.S. RAR Membership is open for new members November 1st-10th, 2016. Click here to learn more and to join!
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Oct 30 2016

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RAR #157: Why Read Aloud to Kids Who Can Read Themselves?

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Why read aloud to kids who can read themselves? It’s a fair question. Not many of us remember parents or teachers reading to us once we were old enough to read on our own.

But the benefits of reading aloud to kids who are old enough to read themselves are numerous.

That’s what we’re tackling in this episode of the Read-Aloud Revival podcast.

In this episode, you’ll hear:

  • 5 major benefits to reading aloud to kids who can read themselves
  • How reading together can help us connect during challenging times
  • Why experts agree that reading aloud is an absolute game changer when it comes to academics

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Want your kids to grow in empathy & compassion? Read aloud.
6:56
Want your kids to succeed in school? Read aloud.
9:42
Want your kids to be excellent communicators? Read aloud.
12:50
Feeling at odds with the kids in your life? Read aloud.
14:48
Want your kids to feel loved and valued? Read aloud.
19:02
Let the Kids Speak

What are the benefits of reading aloud to kids who can read already?

The center for Teaching at the University of Iowa lists both evidence-based and anecdotal benefits of reading aloud. Let’s focus today on five of those benefits.

Reading aloud…

  1. Develops Bigger Picture Perspective and Empathy
  2. Improves Academic Performance, Vocabulary, and Information Processing Skills
  3. Models Fluency and Expression
  4. Builds Community
  5. Slows Down and Enriches Time

1. READING ALOUD DEVELOPS BIGGER PICTURE PERSPECTIVE AND EMPATHY

Every time your child hears a story (or reads one on their own, for that matter), they are stepping in the shoes of another, and walking a mile in those shoes. 

Keith Oatley, a cognitive psychologist at the University of Toronto, helped conduct a study which showed that reading fictional stories increases the reader’s empathetic response to people in their real life.

In fact, researchers at Carnegie Mellon University found that reading a story gives the brain similar network connections as actually living through the experience yourself. So vicarious reading, isn’t as vicarious as we might have previously thought. 

In her excellent article, “Mirrors, Windows, and Sliding Glass Doors”, Rudine Sims Bishop explains that books sometimes reflect back to us who we are, show us the life of another, or take us into a fantastical scenario.

We want our children to know without a doubt that people are people, whether or not they look like us, talk like us, or act like us, and that every last person on this earth deserves to be loved because each and every one of us is made in the image and likeness of God. 

Britain’s former children’s laureate said:

A good book is an empathy machine.

Chris Riddell

When we read with our children, we give them an education of the heart and the mind. We read together because stories teach us how to love.

2. READING ALOUD IMPROVES ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE, VOCABULARY, AND INFORMATION PROCESSING SKILLS

Educational experts are constantly on the lookout for what could potentially give our kids better academic results.

Smaller class sizes? Continuing education for teachers? Longer school days? Shorter school days? Bigger budgets?

Maybe, but one thing we know for sure: reading aloud makes a tremendous difference here, and it doesn’t cost a thing.

Dr. Joseph Price, whom I interviewed on Episode 33 of the Read-Aloud Revival podcast is an associate professor at Brigham Young University who specializes in economics of family and education.

His research demonstrates that one extra day per week of parent-child read-aloud sessions during the first ten years of a child’s life increases standardized test scores by half a standard deviation.

That’s hard for us to wrap our minds around, because… what does half a standard deviation even mean? A lot, Dr. Price told me in that episode.

In the Read-Aloud Handbook, Jim Trelease suggests that the academic benefits alone of reading aloud are so great, if someone invented a pill to deliver those benefits, there would be line for miles and miles to get it.

The 1985 Commission on Reading, after all, stated that “the single most important activity for building the knowledge required for eventual success in reading is reading aloud to children.”

This is huge. Reading aloud is free! And it doesn’t even need to take all that much time day to day. 

If you were to read aloud for about 35 minutes per week, you’d read 30 hours over the course of the year. And that will make a tremendous difference long term.

3. READING ALOUD MODELS FLUENCY AND EXPRESSION

When our kids listen to us reading aloud (or when they listen to an audio book), they get not only the language that they’d see if they were reading words from a page, but they hear how that language sounds — the rhythm, the cadence, the intonation.

Andrew Pudewa from the Institute for Excellence in Writing points out that there is no other place where children get grammatically correct and sophisticated language patterns other than listening to books.

Grammatically correct, sophisticated language patterns need to come in through the ear. When we read aloud, all those language patterns come in word by word, in order. 

In episode 130 of the Read-Aloud Revival podcast, Meghan Cox Gurdon reminded us that a child’s receptive vocabulary– what he understands- may be as many as 3 years ahead of his expressive vocabulary- what he can say.

In fact, a child’s reading level doesn’t typically catch up to his listening level until about the eighth grade.

That means we can read aloud to our kids books that are substantially more complex and rich in beautiful language and these sophisticated language patterns than they could read on their own.

In her book, The Enchanted Hour: The Miraculous Power of Reading Aloud in an Age of Distraction, she writes:

An adult reading aloud does far more than impart a story. He or she also shows by tone of voice, phrasing, and pronunciation how complicated sentences can be tackled, subdued, and enjoyed. And while all that is happening, the child is soaking up fresh ideas and unfamiliar words.

Meghan Cox Gurdon

4. READING ALOUD BUILDS COMMUNITY

When you’re reading that story, you’re rooting for the same character, hoping for the same victory, holding your breath, crying, laughing out loud, or worried about the same villain.

You are, in other words, reminded that you’re on the same team.

And that’s something we all probably can use as a reminder in parenting or teaching or otherwise hanging out with the kids in our lives. 

The discussions that stem from stories being shared together can be just as enriching and important.

We grow closer to those we have shared experiences with, after all, and when we’ve read a story together, we’ve walked that whole mile in the shoes of another, right? And we’ve done it TOGETHER.

Now we have another shared experience to draw from. Another connective tie to one another. 

A tsunami of neurochemical benefits gets unleashed when a parent and child cuddle opher over a book. Stress and anxiety downshift, for starters. As soon as the parent puts his or her arms around the child, hormones flood their bloodstreams, relaxing them and engendering mutual trust.

Susan Pinker

Maybe the simplest way to say this is, when we read together, we like each other more. And that seems reason enough to me.

5. READING ALOUD SLOWS DOWN AND ENRICHES TIME

In a world of sound bites and half-formed ideas expressed quickly in electronic formats, students benefit from hearing complete ideas, expressed with originality and attention, such as one finds in literary language.”

Center for Teaching at the University of Iowa

Not only that, but reading aloud requires that we be present with our kids. Not just with them physically, but WITH them. It’s an act of love to read to another, because by doing it, we’re saying, you know what matters right now, kid? You. Spending time with you.

According to the Scholastic Kids & Family Reading Report (we talked about this report more in depth with VP at Scholastic, Andrea Davis Pinkney in Episode 77, the older kids are, the less likely it is for parents to read aloud with them. The report says, in fact, “when asked why read-aloud decreases or stops, parents most commonly cite the fact that children can read on their own.”

But let’s think about the benefits we’ve already talked about.

  • Bigger picture perspective and empathy.
  • Improved vocabulary and information processing skills.
  • Modeling fluency and expression. 
  • Building community.
  • Slowing down and enriching time.

Are any of these rendered unnecessary as our kids get older?

Might we even have an argument, that as our kids enter their teens, all of these skills and abilities become more urgent and important than ever? 

Can you think of another way that all of this can be done with nothing more than a library card, in 10 or 15 minutes at a time … and that would make this kind of significant impact on the lives of our kids.

In an article on Brightly, Melissa Taylor mentions that only 17% of parents of kids age 9-11 read aloud to their children, though 83% of kids ages 6-17 say being read to is something they either loved or liked a lot. Our kids want to be read to, and we want all the benefits for them that reading aloud offers. So why read-aloud?

Well… why not? With nothing to lose and so very much to gain, I can’t think of a better way to spend our time.Now, let’s all go read to our kids.

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Jun 26 2020

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RAR #156: Answering Your Q’s About Audio Books for Kids

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In today’s episode, I’m answering several of your questions about audio books for kids. Let’s talk favorite narrators, whether audio books hold you children back from learning to read on their own, and more.

In this episode, you’ll hear:

  • how to choose winning narrators
  • whether it’s holding our kids back to let them listen to lots of audio
  • how I handle books in a series
  • whether or not to assign books during quiet reading time
  • when your husband is not a big reader

Listener Guide:

4:58
Choosing audio book narrators
11:19
Are we holding our kids back by using audio books?
17:19
What are your thoughts on introducing higher level books to young kids?
22:10
How do you handle reading aloud books from a series?
26:44
Should I assign books for my son to read during quiet time?
29:58
What to do when your husband isn’t a reader
33:48
Let the Kids Speak

Quotes to remember:

“There is no greater impetus or motivation for (a child) to want to be a reader than to love stories.” – Sarah Mackenzie

“There’s really nothing so powerful to help your child become a reader for life as to fall in love with the regular habit of free, voluntary reading.” – Sarah Mackenzie

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Some of my favorite narrators:

  • Jim Dale
  • Katherine Kellgren
  • Cherry Jones
  • Hugh Bonneville
  • Stephen Fry
  • Meryl Streep
  • Morgan Freeman
  • Glenn Close
  • Jack Nicholson

Some of my favorite audio books for kids:

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Jun 15 2020

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RAR #155: Q&A and Library’s Most Wanted

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In today’s episode, I’m answering your questions – from reading to separate age groups and how to make time for that (!), to what to do if summer reading programs make your kids want to read LESS…

In this episode, you’ll hear:

  • when summer reading programs aren’t useful
  • how to handle a drop in comprehension when kids start reading longer books
  • ideas for easy chapter books
  • how to make time for reading aloud when your kids want to be outside all day
  • favorite fairy-tale-esque book recommendations
  • reading aloud to different age groups

Listener Guide:

2:25
When reading challenges become a battle
5:46
A drop in comprehension with longer books
9:31
Easy chapter book ideas
13:42
Reading aloud during warmer weather months
17:57
Fairy tale-esque book suggestions
22:27
Reading aloud to different age groups
27:47
Library’s Most Wanted
32:31
Beyond books – Imagination
36:10
Let the Kids Speak

Quotes to remember:

“Our goal is to launch our kids into their adult lives as avid readers, as humans who love to read.” – Sarah Mackenzie

“Encountering these issues in books, where you can talk through them and discuss them with your kids, can really be a great gateway of sorts, a way to have conversations about hard topics with our kids in a safe way.” – Sarah Mackenzie

“Without imagination, our kids won’t be able to love reading stories, and they need imagination to sustain that mental theater constructed of words and characters. ” – Carolyn Leiloglou

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Jun 01 2020

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RAR #154: When Your Child Doesn’t Love Reading

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We know that we want our kids to love to read. And it’s important (really important!) to give them the best chance fall in love with books. That’s why so many of us get worried when we have a child who doesn’t love reading. It’s a valid worry.

What can be done about it?

On today’s episode of the podcast, I share ideas for what to do when your child doesn’t love reading. We can’t exactly make our kids into readers, but we can give them the best chance possible that they’ll become readers for life. And it’s a lot of fun to do so!

In this episode of the podcast, I’m sharing simple tips to help your kids become voracious readers, and why the single most important part of your child’s school day is free, voluntary reading.

In this episode, you’ll hear:

  • Why free, voluntary reading is the power player in your child’s reading life
  • Thoughts from experts in the field on building lifelong readers
  • How to help our kids choose books they’ll love

I also answer a listener question about what to do if your child is intimidated by lots of words on the page.

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Listener Guide:

1:13
Simple steps to raise voracious readers
3:01
Q&A: When kids are intimidated by text-heavy books
6:11
Reading with the ear
9:16
Why we want our kids to love reading
12:17
Some books are … boring
14:09
Finding the right jelly bean
15:46
When one child loves to read and their sibling doesn’t
18:07
Not just for school
21:17
Free, voluntary reading
24:11
Schedule time, not titles
27:04
Reading below reading level
28:46
The Book Whisperer’s advice
33:16
Let the Kids Speak

Quotes to remember:

“No single literacy activity has a more positive effect on comprehension, vocabulary, spelling, writing ability, or overall academic achievement than free voluntary reading.”

Stephen D. Krashen, The Power of Reading

“My credibility with students and the reason they trust me when I recommend books to them stems from the fact that I read every day of my life and that I talk about reading constantly. I am not mandating an activity for them to do that I’m not doing myself. I do not promote reading to my students because it is good for them or because it is required for school success. I advocate reading because it is enjoyable and enriching.”

Donalyn Miller, The Book Whisperer

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May 18 2020

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RAR #153: Jim Trelease’s Read-Aloud Handbook, 8th Edition

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In today’s episode, I’m joined by the woman who recently faced the daunting challenge of updating Jim Trelease’s much beloved Read-Aloud Handbook.

Cyndi Giorgis takes us behind the scenes of updating The Read-Aloud Handbook, and some of the interesting (and most surprising!) bits what she learned during the process.

In this episode, you’ll hear:

  • what’s in the Read-Aloud Handbook‘s whole new chapter (it’s a good one)
  • updates about audiobooks and other technology
  • the most important thing Cyndi learned in her research about reading aloud

I also answer a listener question about the best picture book treasuries to invest in right now. (We’ve updated our list of favorite picture book treasuries.)

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2:16
WOW! Writers on Writing
3:40
Best bang-for-your-buck treasuries
7:02
Meet Cyndi Giorgis and The Read-Aloud Handbook
8:20
Working with Jim Trelease
9:55
A daunting task
11:09
Visual Literacy
14:13
Graphic novels
15:45
Living in technological times
16:48
Time spent reading to our children is a gift
19:18
The influence of dads
21:42
Recommendation time!
26:58
Balancing classics and new books
28:56
The impact of ‘The Read-Aloud Handbook’
34:00
Let the Kids Speak

Quotes to remember:

“Read it to me is a test. Let me read it to you is a gift.” – Katherine Paterson

“The Read-Aloud Handbook was the first time I realized that reading-aloud was a good all unto its own, not just something you do until your kids can read to themselves.” – Sarah Mackenzie

“It’s not about teaching a child to read, but rather about offering children the pleasure of reading.” – Cyndi Giorgis

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May 04 2020

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RAR #152: Finishing the School Year Doesn’t Need to Be a Slog

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Being stuck at home is getting old fast, but finishing the school year doesn’t need to be a slog.

We’ve heard you loud and clear: it’s really, really hard to concentrate on homeschooling right now.

And we all want to finish the school year strong, right?

On today’s episode of the Read-Aloud Revival podcast, I’m sharing something brand new that I am over-the-moon excited about: a workshop series we’re calling WOW: Writers on Writing.

This workshop series will help you spice up your home learning and finish your school year well.

Here’s what the workshop series looks like:

The workshops cover a wide range of writing skills, and all of them are taught by published authors.

Your kids attend the live workshop each Tuesday (or watch the replay later). They’ll learn a specific writing skill from one of our favorite published authors. Then they’ll complete simple writing prompts to practice that skill throughout the week.

This can easily make up your kids’ writing curriculum for the rest of the school year, especially for ages 8-16. It’s a fun, rejuvenating, and effective way to get a win right here at the finish line of the school year.

To participate, get RAR Premium. The workshops are just one part of our top-notch spring and summer lineup.

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Those Family Book Clubs have something to offer everyone in your family– from toddlers to teens.

We’ve obtained permission from publishers to read aloud the selected books on video for you while libraries are closed, so you can participate even if you don’t have easy access to the books.

Premium Members get a Family Book Club Guide to go with each of these, and then their kids get to meet the author/illustrator in a live video Zoom to ask their questions. There’s nothing else quite like it!

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RAR #151: It’s a Story… So What? Barb Rosenstock

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When is a story worth telling? And why are the best stories in history seen through the lens of a single human being? We’re diving into those questions to day with one of the most talented and effervescent authors I know: Barb Rosenstock.

I recommend every single one of Barb’s picture book biographies. Listen to this episode and you’ll know why. You’ll find links to her books at the bottom of this post.

In this episode, you’ll hear:

  • the magic of “So what?”… just wait till you hear her talk about this!
  • why Barb and Charlotte Mason could be friends (and she didn’t even know it!)
  • how Barb researches her books and lands on stories she wants to tell

I also answer a listener question about gift book ideas for teachers.

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Listener Guide:

1:45 Best book gifts for teachers 4:34 A ‘trickster tale’ 6:35 Barb Rosenstock is back! 7:23 Barb and Charlotte (Mason) 10:10 Dates aren’t enough 🗓 11:09 A ‘long and meandering’ process 12:43 So what? 13:41 Ben Franklin and John Adams 15:46 ‘A natural connection’ 17:11 Ben Franklin’s Big Splash 18:29 Surface research and deeper research 20:13 Two new books 21:47 The ‘original juggler’ Abigail Adams 26:07 The most difficult book to research 28:08 Barb’s first book, Fearless 28:32 What’s next: Monet 🎨 29:56 Let the kids speak

Quotes to remember:

“It’s the one thing we all have in common: personhood. So having any topic, no matter what the… I don’t care if it’s science or math or a social studies topic or a history topic or whatever, relate it first by the stories of the people who did it. To me is just like, ‘Oh, of course that’s where you start.'” – Barb Rosenstock

“Idea is the easy thing, execution is everything.” – Barb Rosenstock

“A lot of times kids will say that they hate history. I don’t think they hate history. I think they hate the way it’s being presented.” – Barb Rosenstock

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Some of Barb’s books:

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Apr 06 2020

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RAR #150: Water Your Bamboo—How to Focus on the Process (not the outcome) in your Homeschool

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Did you know that when you plant bamboo, you will water it, protect it, nurture it…and nothing happens for 5 years? At least it looks like nothing is happening, because it’s all happening underground, where the bamboo is growing a complex root structure.

But above ground? Nothin’. You’ve got to faithfully water and care for that plant for f-i-v-e years before you get any proof that you’re making any progress.

Homeschooling is a lot like bamboo.

In today’s episode of the Read-Aloud Revival podcast, I’m sharing the audio from a recent Circle with Sarah (our monthly coaching sessions in RAR Premium) in which I’m talking about this same experience in homeschooling.

You work, and you work, and you work, and you can’t always see the difference that slog is making.

But the seeming dormancy? It matters.

In this episode, you’ll hear:

  • The power of one small action – it can change everything
  • How to be sure we are using the right measuring stick (…are you?)
  • How to know where to put your energy next

I also answer a listener question about what to do if you cry while reading emotional books aloud. (anybody? 🙋🏼‍♀️)

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1:26 Crying during a read-aloud 4:23 Circle with Sarah 6:57 A small, doable action 9:53 Which measuring stick? 11:18 Bamboo is not like radishes 13:39 Everybody wants to quit in February 16:29 ‘We get to choose what a successful home school looks like’ 19:07 A question to guide us 24:34 What do we want most for our kids? 25:33 Process, not outcome 31:08 What’s the real goal? 38:59 Let the kids speak

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Quotes to remember:

You have to stay faithful. You have to keep watering and protecting, because things are happening…you just can’t see them.” – Sarah Mackenzie

It doesn’t make sense to use a measuring stick that doesn’t jive with your own homeschool vision. But it’s very easy to default into what everybody else around you is using for their own measuring stick.” – Sarah Mackenzie

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Mar 24 2020

43mins

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RAR #149: Keeping Up with Advanced Readers, Colleen Kessler

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If you have a gifted, twice-exceptional, or advanced reader, this episode is for you. Today I’m chatting with Colleen Kessler of Raising Lifelong Leaners. A gifted specialist and mother of her own gifted and twice-exceptional kids, Colleen understands the challenges of connecting advanced readers with books…

… and the challenges that arise when your advanced reader can read anything, but isn’t emotionally ready to have free reign at the library.

In this episode, you’ll hear:

  • what to do when your kids can read “older” books, when you know they aren’t ready for the content
  • Book recommendations that feature gifted or twice-exceptional kids
  • The answer to whether your child can read too much (we know… it sounds like a good problem to have, but it can be a struggle!)

I also answer two listener questions about finding books for sensitive kids, and great book series for young, voracious readers.

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Listener Guide

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2:56 Book suggestions for sensitive readers 6:58 Recommendations for young, voracious readers 9:11 Graphic novel ideas 10:53 Welcome Colleen! 12:25 You don’t need to ‘move up’ 13:37 On not pre-reading 15:37 Raising discerning readers 18:22 Strewing books 19:49 Should advanced readers read easy books? 23:31 Recommendations for gifted and twice-exceptional kids 25:03 Biographies and non-fiction 26:24 Can kids read too much? 32:08 My Best Friends Are Books 34:1o Let the kids speak

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Quotes to remember:

It’s our job to teach discernment. It’s our job to help our kids know what their values and morals are, and to help them see within a book if it’s going to be something that’s going to feed them, or that it’s something they might want to put aside.” – Colleen Kessler

“We know that kids become faster, stronger readers when they read a lot … so, sticking with books that are easy for them isn’t a cop-out.” – Sarah Mackenzie

Books from this episode:

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📷Featured photo is from the cover of a book Colleen recommends, Some of my Best Friends are Books.

Mar 09 2020

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RAR #148: 3 Books I Adore, Reading Curriculum, and What We’re Reading Aloud this Spring

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I’ve got a brand new episode of the Read-Aloud Revival podcast for you, and it’s a good one.

In this episode, you’ll hear:

  • Which 3 books I’d bring with me to a desert island 🏝 (it was torture to answer this listener question!)
  • Whether or not we use reading curriculum at our house 🤓 (and what I recommend)
  • The skinny on what we’re reading aloud this spring at RAR (our book choices are just 😍– scroll down to see what I mean)

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

2:03 Connect with the perfect read-aloud 2:47 American history books 4:49 Sarah’s desert island books 7:32 Do you need a reading curriculum? 13:38 Reading at whim 15:19 Book conversations 18:32 Red flag 19:44 What we’re reading this spring 22:05 Home in the Woods 23:01 Balderdash! 24:31 9 Months and Heidi 27:02 Circle with Sarah 28:38 Little Men 30:22 Let the kids speak

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Books from this episode:

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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 is what Kameron says, for example:

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

Get RAR Premium

What do we do in RAR Premium?

In Premium, we have monthly coaching sessions to help you take small, simple, important steps toward falling more in love with your homeschool.

Over the next few months, we’ll be focusing on putting first things first. We’ll:

  • discover the easiest ways to ramp up our own reading habits
  • dive into why curriculum is our servant, not our master
  • unpack what’s really happening when we worry (which will help us come to the end of our school year in a healthier, more abundant way)

…so if you’d like to enjoy your homeschool more and teach with peace and confidence, I think you’ll want to join us!

These live monthly coaching sessions have been called “alone worth the price of Premium” and “the best thing we’ve ever done for our homeschool…

Family Book Clubs

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.

And then the author of our May book, Miranda Paul, will be coming to teach our kiddos a writing workshop on how to take a fact and transform it into a fascinating bit of writing or a story.

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…

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

We’re all waiting for you!

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Feb 25 2020

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RAR #147: Our Favorite Math Read-Alouds

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Math....are your palms sweating yet? 😅Yep, I know. But you've asked for books that will enrich and enliven math for your kids, and we took on the challenge.
In today's episode, the Read-Aloud Revival team is talking about delighting and learning math together through great read-alouds.
In this episode, you'll hear:
why you might want to add math read-alouds to your dayhow to add them in when you already feel pressed for time (no need to dump your existing curriculum!)our favorites. Of course, right? And yes - we actually all have FAVORITE math picture books... can you believe it?
I also tackle a listener question about stopping to look something up when you're reading aloud to your kids. Is it a good idea?
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Feb 11 2020

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RAR #146: The Astonishing Impact of Louisa May Alcott

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In today's episode of the Read-Aloud Revival, you'll get to know why Louisa May Alcott, the author of Little Women, was such a wonder (and indeed, she was!).
And who could be a better guest for this conversation than Jan Turnquist?
Jan Turnquist
Jan Turnquist is Executive Director of Orchard House, the home where Louisa wrote Little Women, and Co-Executive Producer, Director, and Host of the Emmy-Award Winning documentary, Orchard House.
She's a true Louisa May Alcott expert, and has wonderful insight into the Alcott family, and why Little Women has endured.
In this episode, you'll hear:
my own very favorite part of visiting Orchard House (hint: it has to do with drawing on the walls!)the beauty in re-reading Little Women at different life stageslittle known details about Louisa May Alcott, and the very unique and rather revolutionary Alcott family
I'll also tackle a listener question about whether it's worthwhile to have your kids watch movie versions of a book after reading it. (What I say here just might surprise you!)
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Jan 28 2020

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

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In this episode of the podcast, Alan Jacob invites us to read at whim, develop our own reading taste, and raise kids who do the same. Don't miss this one!

Jan 14 2020

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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.
In this episode, you'll hear:
how this mother of four managed to illustrate over 100 booksstories 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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5:19Claire Danes reads Miss Rumphius8:25Knowing beauty, sharing beauty 12:03The Ox-Cart Man - 'so exquisite' 13:01 Roosters and mice14:20The Blue Hornet18:08'An astoundingly good mother' 19:58A turquoise tunic and hot pink silk pants21:40'She opened my eyes to beauty in this world'22:48 Doing something meaningful - a new library24:36Barbara Cooney's legacy lives on ...
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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?
Request a packet by popping your email in below.Print a tracker for each of your kids.Choose a reward for winning the Challenge.
Register for FREE Enter your email and you'll get your31-Day Read-Aloud Challenge Packet right away(ahora se ofrecen tanto en inglés como en español) Great! We'll keep you posted on our next Reading Challenge. There was an error submitting your subscription. Please try again. Email Address Sign me up! Powered by ConvertKit /* Layout */ .ck_form.ck_minimal { /* divider image */ background: #f9f9f9; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; line-height: 1.5em; overflow: hidden; color: #363636; font-size: 16px; border: solid 1px #d1d1d1; -webkit-box-shadow: none; -moz-box-shadow: none; box-shadow: none; clear: both; margin: 20px 0px; text-align: center; } .ck_form.ck_minimal h3.ck_form_title { text-align: center; margin: 0px 0px 10px; font-size: 28px; } .ck_form.ck_minimal h4 { text-align: center; font-family: 'Open Sans', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; text-transform: uppercase; font-size: 18px; font-weight: normal; padding-top: 0px; margin-top: 0px; } .ck_form.ck_minimal p { padding: 0px; } .ck_form, .ck_form * { -webkit-box-sizing: border-box; -moz-box-sizing: border-box; box-sizing: border-box; } .ck_form.ck_minimal .ck_form_fields { width: 100%; float: left; padding: 5%; } /* Form fields */ .ck_errorArea { display: none; /* temporary */ } #ck_success_msg { padding: 10px 10px 0px; border: solid 1px #ddd; background: #eee; } .ck_form.ck_minimal input[type="text"], .ck_form.ck_minimal input[type="email"] { font-size: 18px; padding: 10px 8px; width: 68%; border: 1px solid #d6d6d6; /* stroke */ -moz-border-radius: 3px; -webkit-border-radius: 3px; border-radius: 3px; /* border radius */ background-color: #fff; /* layer fill content */ margin-bottom: 5px; height: auto; float: left; margin: 0px; margin-right: 2%; height: 42px; } .ck_form input[type="text"]:focus, .ck_form input[type="email"]:focus { outline: none; border-color: #aaa; } .ck_form.ck_minimal .ck_subscribe_button { width: 100%; color: #fff; margin: 0px; padding: 11px 0px; font-size: 18px; background: #6fc171; -moz-border-radius: 3px; -webkit-border-radius: 3px; border-radius: 3px; /* border radius */ cursor: pointer; border: none; text-shadow: none; width: 30%; float: left; height: 42px; } .ck_form.ck_minimal .ck_guarantee { color: #626262; font-size: 12px; text-align: center; padding: 15px 0px 0px; display: block; clear: both; } .ck_form .ck_powered_by { display: block; color: #aaa; font-size: 12px; } .ck_form .ck_powered_by:hover { display: block; color: #444; } .ck_converted_content { display: none; padding: 5%; background: #fff; } .ck_form.ck_minimal.width400 .ck_subscribe_button, .ck_form.ck_minimal.width400 input[type="email"] { width: 100%; float: none; margin-top: 5px; } .ck_slide_up, .ck_modal, .ck_slide_up .ck_minimal, .ck_modal .ck_minimal { min-width: 400px; } .page .ck_form.ck_minimal { margin: 50px auto; max-width: 600px; }
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.

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).
In this episode, you'll hear:
why the kinds of questions we ask our kids about books matterhow to keep joy in readingwhat Kate really wants readers to get from her books
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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! 😍
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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!
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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…
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1:40Your place and your people2:25When kids want to read ahead in your read-aloud5:20How many read-alouds is too many?8:11What we're reading this winter9:50 Meet the authors and illustrators!11:22Christmas magic13:04A perfect picture book15:29Little House17:52Renee Graef is coming to RAR19:03Painting with Nana!20:18 Circle with Sarah22:11'Knocking over dominoes'23:37Let 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.
In this episode, you'll hear:
why re-reading may just be the very best kind of readingwhat's to gain from re-reading?how our kids benefit from revisiting their favorite books (and the rewards are huge!)
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1:45How often do you rewatch your favorite movie?4:37Knowledge and vocabulary6:21Reading comprehension7:57Reading for plot11:20How we change14:30 Kate DiCamillo and Charlotte's Web15:59 A challenge for you17:04How to log re-reading18:58Let 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.

Nov 11 2019

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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.
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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Oct 28 2019

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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.
In this episode, you'll hear:
how to help kids grow in empathyhow books help us walk in another person's shoesour 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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Got ME Reading Again!

By Got2BJoy - May 20 2020
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About 7 years ago I first heard Sarah Mackenzie talk about the importance of reading to your kids and it inspired me to pick up books again. As a mom of two boys who now LOVE books and story I credit a big part of that to this wonderful podcast.

Great Podcast for Parents

By stephfit - Feb 25 2020
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This is a great podcast to learn how to make reading enjoyable for your family.