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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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By marianne1102 - Sep 13 2019
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I have learned about so many wonderful books to enjoy with my own children and within my classroom at school. I love learning about how books shape our souls and the impact they can have on a child’s life.

I tell every one about this pod cast

By MysteyNight - Jul 29 2019
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Every parent needs to listen to this, especially home school parents.

iTunes Ratings

1997 Ratings
Average Ratings
1894
65
13
16
9

So pleased!

By marianne1102 - Sep 13 2019
Read more
I have learned about so many wonderful books to enjoy with my own children and within my classroom at school. I love learning about how books shape our souls and the impact they can have on a child’s life.

I tell every one about this pod cast

By MysteyNight - Jul 29 2019
Read more
Every parent needs to listen to this, especially home school parents.
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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 #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 Lenski
the d'Aulaires
Howard 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 #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
25 mins
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Rank #4: 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 #5: RAR #81: Eavesdropping on the Soul, a conversation with Katherine Paterson

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I think it's fair to say this is my favorite episode of the podcast we've ever done. 
You probably know Katherine Paterson as the author of books like Bridge to Terabithia, Jacob Have I Loved and the Great Gilly Hopkins, but if you're not familiar with her essays about writing for children, you're about to have your socks knocked off.
The way Ms. Paterson thinks about reading and writing books for kids blows me away. I'm in awe.

In this episode of the podcast, you'll hear:

what she really thinks when she hears that parents/teachers are using books to improve or help their kids
how to figure out what a book actually "means"
how reading allows us a unique privilege to 'eavesdrop on the soul'

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Nov 21 2017
36 mins
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Rank #6: 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
35 mins
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Rank #7: The Most Important Part of Teaching Kids to Read

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A whole lot of us get this completely and utterly wrong.

Schools do it. Teachers do it. Moms do it. Well-meaning adults make an epic mistake in the education of our children: we make teaching a child to read our top priority.

When it comes to our kids and books, our top priority is not to teach our children to read. It’s not to help them decode words on a page, learn their phonics, or bolster their reading comprehension.

It’s none of those things.
This post is a bonus episode of the Read-Aloud Revival podcast. If you'd rather listen, click the play button below.

Mark Twain says “a man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read,” and the same thing can be said for children.

Our first and foremost job in the education of our children, then, is to nurture a love for reading. We can pretty much shelf everything else until we’re nailing that.

Here’s why: if you focus primarily on teaching your kids HOW to read, you will likely have kids who do, indeed, know how to read. But do you want kids who read because they can? Or kids who read because they love to? Kids who read because they can’t imagine life without stories?

A child who has been bribed, cajoled, or pressured to read does not delight in it. When he’s forced to read a book and answer comprehension questions about it,  take a quiz on it, or write a book report about it... he learns something very, very clearly:

He learns that reading is something you have to do for school. Reading is something you need to get out of the way. Check it off your list. Get it done with, already.

So even if he can read, because someone has taught him, he won’t do it for fun. He won’t delight in it. He won’t see books as one of life’s sweetest delights.

When you focus on nurturing your child’s love of stories first and foremost, you get a child who can read, and a child who loves to read. You get both. You may not get the first part on your timetable, but you’ll get it on your child’s unique timetable, and he’ll have an insatiable appetite for stories, as well, which is worth its weight in gold.

A child with an insatiable appetite for stories will learn to read (although that may not happen this week… be patient), but he or she will learn to read. And he or she WILL read, then, even if it doesn’t come as a mandate from mom or the teacher.

Especially because it doesn’t.

When it comes to the language arts, everything follows nurturing that initial love. First, we want kids who LOVE stories. Everything else- phonics, comprehension, analysis, even writing… follows that.

I find it terribly tragic when I hear that a child has been reading excellent books in school- the best classics, poets, and novelists of all time— if that child doesn’t also leave school with an overpowering love of books. That love is the greater need. Prioritize your child’s love of literature above everything else- even if it means your kids aren’t reading the same impressive books your friends’ kids are, or even if it means they read less, and have less to show for it.

In his 1965 anthology, A Father Reads to His Children, Orville Prescott said, “Few children learn to love books by themselves, Someone has to lure them into the wonderful written word; someone has to lead the way.”
So how do we do that?
How do we help our children fall head-over-heels for the wonderful written word?

Here are 3 quick ideas you can put into practice right away to do just that.
1. Schedule time, not titles
Dictate less of what your child reads. Instead, just give them the time and space they need to read. You can do this by blocking off a half hour or hour in the day when the only option is to rest on their beds or to read. And then let them read what they want.

Don’t grimace when you find them reading an entire stack of Calvin & Hobbes or Garfield, or even those dreadful Disney fairy books or something else that gets on your nerves.
Jul 26 2016
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Rank #8: 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.

Join us as we talk about:

reaching our children through stories
how she found the bravery to write a children's bible
and 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 #9: 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 #10: 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 #11: 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.

I'm chatting with Gail Ledbetter , author of Timeline for Classics about:

keeping your wits about you at the library
studying history chronologically
read response journaling

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May 31 2016
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Rank #12: 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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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
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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 #13: 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.

She shows us how to:

focus on simple play based on books
put connecting with our young kids first
make learning to read more active

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Rank #14: 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
57 mins
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Rank #15: 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 #16: 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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  • 1:53  A special episode!
  • 3:22   STORYTIME: Stone Soup
  • 15:13 Welcome Jim Weiss
  • 15:28 Not any good at reading aloud?
  • 18:11 Reading aloud as an act of love
  • 22:28 A living element
  • 24:00 Keeping kids in the story
  • 27:09 ‘More fairy tales’
  • 29:12 Translating for clarity
  • 32:50 Vocal strain
  • 36:38 STORYTIME: The Mazarin Stone

Links from this episode:

Quotes to remember:

It’s an act of love to sit down and share a story. To pause your schedule. To stop everything else you’re doing and just sit in a story with your child. – Sarah Mackenzie

“When it comes to reading aloud, you’re probably better at it than you know. Nobody sounds good to themselves. At the beginning of this, I have the vision that when Meryl Streep’s daughters were kids, they probably said to her, ‘Oh mom, do we have to do this again?’ when she started reading to them.” – Jim Weiss

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May 27 2019
48 mins
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Rank #17: 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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Listener Guide
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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
25 mins
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Rank #18: RAR #07: A Lifestyle of Reading Aloud, Melissa Wiley

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When I think of someone who fully embraces a family culture built around books, Melissa Wiley comes to mind right away. As a mother of six and author of several children's books, she has managed to make reading aloud a central part of family life in her home.

Listen in as Melissa shares:

what creating a family culture around books looks like in a busy household
how she considers read-alouds as she's writing children's books
her own (super helpful) tip for remembering accents and dialects

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Other links Melissa mentions in the podcast:

Melissa's website
Melissa's page of book recommendations
Jul 16 2014
56 mins
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Rank #19: 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
53 mins
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Rank #20: 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.

Listen as Greta shares:

books that fuel a love of nature
how books transport us
and 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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