Read-Aloud Revival

By Sarah Mackenzie

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 Mar 26, 2019
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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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RAR #157: Why Read Aloud to Kids Who Can Read Themselves?
23:58
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 themselvesHow reading together can help us connect during challenging timesWhy experts agree that reading aloud is an absolute game changer when it comes to academics For a one-page PDF you can share and distribute, pop your email in below, and I'll send it to you. Download the "Why Read Aloud?" PDF Free to reproduce and distribute There was an error submitting your subscription. Please try again. Email Address Send it to me 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: #666; 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; } Click the play button to listen: Listener Guide: Use the time stamps below to skip to any part of the podcast.
Jun 26, 2020
RAR #156: Answering Your Q’s About Audio Books for Kids
38:29
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 narratorswhether it's holding our kids back to let them listen to lots of audiohow I handle books in a serieswhether or not to assign books during quiet reading timewhen your husband is not a big reader Listener Guide: 4:58Choosing audio book narrators11:19Are we holding our kids back by using audio books?17:19What are your thoughts on introducing higher level books to young kids? 22:10How do you handle reading aloud books from a series?26:44Should I assign books for my son to read during quiet time?29:58What to do when your husband isn't a reader33:48Let 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 Links from this episode: RAR PremiumRAR #66: Do Audio Books Count as Read-Alouds?OverdriveLibbyAudible DealsThe Great Big Audible Q & ARAR #141: Why Re-Reading is Possibly the Best ReadingRAR #154: When Your Child Doesn't Love Reading (this is what I meant when I suggested Episode 153... it's actually Episode 154, about how most of your child's reading should be free, voluntary reading) Some of my favorite narrators: Jim DaleKatherine KellgrenCherry JonesHugh BonnevilleStephen FryMeryl StreepMorgan FreemanGlenn CloseJack Nicholson Some of my favorite audio books for kids: Nothing Found Books from this episode: Nothing Found You'll also enjoy: Water Your Bamboo - How to focus on the process (not the outcome) in your homeschool The importance of reading at whim and developing your own tasteCreating a book club culture at home
Jun 15, 2020
RAR #155: Q&A and Library’s Most Wanted
41:07
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 usefulhow to handle a drop in comprehension when kids start reading longer booksideas for easy chapter bookshow to make time for reading aloud when your kids want to be outside all dayfavorite fairy-tale-esque book recommendationsreading aloud to different age groups Listener Guide: 2:25When reading challenges become a battle5:46A drop in comprehension with longer books9:31Easy chapter book ideas13:42Reading aloud during warmer weather months17:57Fairy tale-esque book suggestions22:27Reading aloud to different age groups27:47Library's Most Wanted32:31Beyond books - Imagination36:10Let 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 Links from this episode: January RAR 31-Day Read-Aloud ChallengeRAR #85: Reading Messy Books About Hard Topics with KidsRAR #41: Navigating Fantasy: A Guide for Christian Parents, Carolyn LeiloglouTo get a signed copy of Carolyn's book Library's Most Wanted: The TwigHouse Full of BookwormsCarolyn Leiloglou's Author site Books from this episode: The Heartwood Hotel seriesLindbergElmer and the DragonThe Dragons of BluelandThe Blue Fairy BookThe Red Fairy BookDragon Slippers TrilogyThe Wide-Awake PrincessUnlocking the SpellDragon's BreathNoah Green: Junior Zookeeper and the Garage Sale PetLibrary's Most Wanted Nothing Found You'll also enjoy: Keeping up with advanced readersReading aloud as an obstinate act of loveWhy read picture books with older kids?
Jun 01, 2020
RAR #154: When Your Child Doesn’t Love Reading
37:57
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 lifeThoughts from experts in the field on building lifelong readersHow 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. Click the play button below to start listening: Listener Guide: 1:13Simple steps to raise voracious readers3:01Q&A: When kids are intimidated by text-heavy books6:11Reading with the ear9:16Why we want our kids to love reading12:17 Some books are ... boring14:09Finding the right jelly bean15:46When one child loves to read and their sibling doesn't18:07Not just for school21:17Free, voluntary reading 24:11Schedule time, not titles27:04Reading below reading level28:46The Book Whisperer's advice33:16Let 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 Links from this episode: RAR PremiumWOW - Writers on WritingMiranda PaulMaryrose WoodRAR #59: Books to Make the Whole Family Howl, Maryrose WoodRAR #137: Why Your Kids Love Graphic Novels (and which we like best)Kindle PaperwhiteRAR #43: Raising Kids Who Read, Daniel WillinghamFor the QUIZ, next QUIZ to 33777RAR #64: Helping Resistant Readers Fall in Love with Books, Laura MartinRAR #141: Why Re-Reading is Possibly the Best ReadingRAR #145: The Importance of Reading at Whim and Developing Your Own Taste, Alan Jacobs Books from this episode: The Power of Reading Nothing Found You'll also enjoy: Finishing the school year doesn't need to be a slogHow to choose books for your kidsIf you want your kids to love reading, try this
May 18, 2020
RAR #153: Jim Trelease’s Read-Aloud Handbook, 8th Edition
38:15
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 Georgis 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. You'll hear: what's in the Read-Aloud Handbook's whole new chapter (it's a good one)updates about audiobooks and other technologythe 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.) Click the play button below to start listening: Listener Guide: 2:16WOW! Writers on Writing3:40Best bang-for-your-buck treasuries7:02Meet Cyndi Giorgis and The Read-Aloud Handbook8:20Working with Jim Trelease9:55A daunting task11:09Visual Literacy14:13Graphic novels15:45Living in technological times16:48Time spent reading to our children is a gift19:18The influence of dads21:42Recommendation time!26:58Balancing classics and new books28:56The impact of 'The Read-Aloud Handbook'34:00Let 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 Links from this episode: RAR PremiumCyndi Giorgis does a Read Aloud of the Day (#ReadAloudoftheDay) that is available on the Read-Aloud Handbook Facebook page as well as at cyndigiorgis.com and on Twitter and Instagram RAR #78: Favorite Picture Book Treasuries Books from this episode: Nothing Found More episodes you'll enjoy: What the Scholastic Reading Report means for you, Andrea PinkneyBooks for kids who don't love reading (yet)Eavesdropping on the soul, a conversation with Katherine Paterson
May 04, 2020
RAR #152: Finishing the School Year Doesn’t Need to Be a Slog
26:26
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. Get RAR Premium Want to hear me talk about the spring & summer lineup? Click the play button below. What else do we do in RAR Premium? Each season in RAR Premium, we read 1 novel and 3 picture books as part of our Family Book Club. We choose books with kids of all ages in mind, because we believe that families connect best when they read together. Here's what we'll be reading and who we'll be meeting this summer: 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! Get RAR Premium Circle with Sarah Premium members get monthly classes that help you take small, simple, important steps toward falling more in love with your homeschool. 🥰I love teaching these! This summer, I'll also be unpacking my book, Teaching from Rest, to help you get ready for a new school year. It's all happening in RAR Premium, my favorite place online and the best place I know of to help your kids fall in love with books, and help you fall in love with homeschooling. It's a feast! Head here to check out all the details and to join us. We have a 30-day money-back guarantee, so there's no risk to give it a try and see if it's a good fit for your family. Get RAR Premium
Apr 20, 2020
RAR #151: It’s a Story… So What? Barb Rosenstock
34:54
When it 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. On 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. Click the play button below to start listening: Want the transcript? Download the transcript from this episode of the Read-Aloud Revival podcast Success! Now check your email to confirm your subscription. There was an error submitting your subscription. Please try again. Email Address I'd like to receive the free email course. Send it to me 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: #666; 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 .
Apr 06, 2020
RAR #150: Water Your Bamboo—How to Focus on the Process (not the outcome) in your Homeschool
43:27
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. Listen in to hear: The power of one small action - it can change everythingHow 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? 🙋🏼‍♀️) Click the play button below to start listening: Want the transcript? Download the transcript from this episode of the Read-Aloud Revival podcast Success! Now check your email to confirm your subscription. There was an error submitting your subscription. Please try again. Email Address I'd like to receive the free email course. Send it to me 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: #666; 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 .
Mar 24, 2020
RAR #149: Keeping Up with Advanced Readers, Colleen Kessler
39:08
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. Listen in to hear: what to do when your kids can read "older" books, when you know they aren't ready for the contentBook recommendations that feature gifted or twice-exceptional kidsThe 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. Click the play button below to start listening: Want the transcript? Download the transcript from this episode of the Read-Aloud Revival podcast Success! Now check your email to confirm your subscription. There was an error submitting your subscription. Please try again. Email Address I'd like to receive the free email course. Send it to me 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: #666; 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 .
Mar 09, 2020
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. Listen in to 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) Click the play button below to start listening: Want the transcript? Download the transcript from this episode of the Read-Aloud Revival podcast Success! Now check your email to confirm your subscription. There was an error submitting your subscription. Please try again. Email Address I'd like to receive the free email course. Send it to me 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: #666; 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; } Listener Guide Use the time stamps below to skip to any part of the podcast: 2:03Connect with the perfect read-aloud2:47American history books4:49Sarah's desert island books7:32Do you need a rea...
Feb 25, 2020
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. This is what you'll hear in this episode: 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? Want the transcript? Download the transcript from this episode of the Read-Aloud Revival podcast Success! Now check your email to confirm your subscription. There was an error submitting your subscription. Please try again. Email Address I'd like to receive the free email course. Send it to me 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: #666; 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 .
Feb 11, 2020
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... 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!) Want the transcript? Download the transcript from this episode of the Read-Aloud Revival podcast Success! Now check your email to confirm your subscription. There was an error submitting your subscription. Please try again. Email Address I'd like to receive the free email course. Send it to me 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: #666; 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; } .
Jan 28, 2020
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
RAR Special Edition: The Woman Who Gave us Miss Rumphius
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I want to introduce you to a remarkable woman. She won two Caldecott Awards, illustrated more than 100 books during her career, raised four children, and lived life with unique zest and liveliness. You may recognize her illustrations in any of the following books, including my own favorite, Miss Rumphius, and one of her Caldecott winners, The Ox-Cart Man. Barbara Cooney was a gift to the world, and in this special edition podcast, I want to introduce you to the woman behind these magnificent books. What you'll hear in the show: how this mother of four managed to illustrate over 100 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. Listener Guide Use the time stamps below to skip to any part of the podcast: 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 ... Want the transcript? Download the transcript from this episode of the Read-Aloud Revival podcast Success! Now check your email to confirm your subscription. There was an error submitting your subscription. Please try again. Email Address I'd like to receive the free email course. Send it to me 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: #666; 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: po...
Jan 06, 2020
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. https://vimeo.com/378395817 (This post is also a podcast episode. Click "play" below to listen.) 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!
Dec 25, 2019
RAR #143: Kate DiCamillo is Back!
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That's right ... Kate DiCamillo is back! And what she has to say is so good, you might find yourself listening more than once. In this new episode, Kate and I chat about her newest book, Beverly, Right Here, and we also discuss why parents and teachers so often try to quantify what our kids are getting from books. We have some ideas about how we could better help kids develop their own robust reading life. I also answer a listener question about how to read aloud with highly visual kids (kids who really want pictures to go along with their books). What you'll hear: why the kinds of questions we ask our kids about books matterhow to keep joy in readingwhat Kate really wants readers to get from her books Want the transcript? Download the transcript from this episode of the Read-Aloud Revival podcast Success! Now check your email to confirm your subscription. There was an error submitting your subscription. Please try again. Email Address I'd like to receive the free email course. Send it to me 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: #666; 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.
Dec 09, 2019
RAR #142: What We’re Reading This Winter ❄️
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In today's brand new episode of the Read-Aloud Revival, you'll hear: should you let your kids read ahead of the family read-aloud?how many books can little kids keep up with at once?the simplest way to help your kids fall in love with books (and help *you* fall in love with homeschooling) I'm also sharing our winter Family Book Club picks in RAR Premium. We always say this, but it's worth repeating: our book club selections are cream-of-the-crop... ...and this winter it's no different! 😍 Ready for this episode? Listen in! With thousands of happy members inside RAR Premium, we’ve heard a lot of great stories about how their kids are falling in love with books, and how moms like you are falling in love with homeschooling. This note from Amber is one of my favorites: "I think the biggest and most surprising difference from joining RAR Premium is actually in my husband. He is so connected to what the kids and I are doing now, and he wants to watch the Author Events and be a part of the Family Book Clubs. I regret waiting so long to join." And here's another one from Sara: "Before we joined, I wondered if we’d use it all that much because my kids were just 6 and 2. I wish I would have jumped in sooner! The master classes are the best thing I have ever done for my homeschool. Just try it! You really have nothing to lose, but a world of goodness to gain." And the clincher is this one from Kameron: "Membership here is worth more than I pay for curriculum for a year. I promise you will not regret it." Good stuff, right? Your kids can fall in love with books, and you can fall in love with homeschooling. Join us in RAR Premium.​ We’re waiting for you! Get RAR Premium Each season in RAR Premium, we read 1 novel and 3 picture books as part of our Family Book Club. We choose books with kids of all ages in mind, because we believe that families connect best when they read together. 💚 Here's what's up next in our Family Book Club: Premium Members also get a Family Book Club Guide to go with each of these, and we always wrap up by live streaming the author or illustrator of that book, so your kids can ask their own questions. There's just nothing else like it. … but actually, RAR Premium isn't just for your kids. In fact, most of our members would probably tell you that the person who gets the most from being a member is Mama herself! 😎 That's because we offer regular Master Classes that help you teach from rest and lead with confidence in your homeschool. There's a whole library of Master Classes available to you (it's a huge library!) when you join RAR Premium. You can see the list of what's included in the library right here. (We hear often that a single one of these classes is worth the price of membership… and we've got a whole library of them for you to watch at anytime!) Brand new this coming January, however, is something a little extra special. Circle with Sarah are our upcoming monthly coaching sessions to help you teach from rest, get to the things that matter most in your homeschool, and best of all... ...help you fall in love with your homeschooling life. If you want to make reading aloud the very best part of your upcoming school year, we are your people and RAR Premium is your place. Come join us! You’ll find out why our members say things like this… Get RAR Premium Podcast Episode Listener Guide Use the time stamps below to skip to any part of the podcast: 1:40Your 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
Nov 21, 2019
RAR #141: Why Re-Reading is Possibly the Best Reading
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Why re-read? This is a question we get a lot at RAR, and I'm not going to beat around the bush... ...I'm convinced there is a lot to gain from rereading. Today, I'm going to tell you why. If you have a child who re-reads the same book over and over, we're going to talk about it. And if you or someone you love has recently read the same picture book to a little one every night for months, I've got some good news for you. What we're about to tackle: why re-reading may just be the very best kind of readingwhat's to gain from re-reading?how our kids benefit from revisiting their favorite books (and the rewards are huge!) If you'd like to listen to this as a podcast episode, click the play button below. Or you can read the whole essay by scrolling down. Listener Guide Use the time stamps below to skip to any part of the podcast: 1:45How 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 Want the transcript? Download the transcript from this episode of the Read-Aloud Revival podcast Success! Now check your email to confirm your subscription. There was an error submitting your subscription. Please try again. Email Address I'd like to receive the free email course. Send it to me 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: #666; 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 .
Nov 11, 2019
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. Get the printable booklist FAVORITE POETRY Great! Check your email in a few minutes-- your printable booklist is on the way. There was an error submitting your subscription. Please try again. Email Address I'd like to receive the free email course. Send it to me! 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: #666; 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; } On today's episode:
Oct 28, 2019
RAR #139: Kindness Over Curiosity: Favorite Books Featuring Differently Abled Characters
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Is there a better way to teach empathy and compassion than through books? That's the question we address in this episode with special guest, Courtney Westlake. Courtney's daughter, Brenna, was born with a skin condition that makes her appear "different" to many people. On today's show, Courtney shares not just her family's experience, but also how we can teach our kids kindness and understanding when it comes to differences. What you'll hear: how to help kids grow in 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. Want the transcript? Download the transcript from this episode of the Read-Aloud Revival podcast Success! Now check your email to confirm your subscription. There was an error submitting your subscription. Please try again. Email Address I'd like to receive the free email course. Send it to me 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: #666; 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, .
Oct 15, 2019
RAR #138: How to Choose Books for Your Kids
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Your local library or bookshop (if you're lucky, both!) is likely filled with children's books. Many are simply marvelous—the kind of books you don't mind reading aloud over and over, and that you're delighted to hand to your kids. Others? Not so much. So how do we decide which books to read with our kids? How do we connect our kids with books they'll love... especially when we haven't read most of them? That's what today's episode is all about. On today's episode of the podcast... What is a good book, anyway?How to choose books without a booklist using the 3-Question TestHow to know when to ditch a book Want the transcript? Download the transcript from this episode of the Read-Aloud Revival podcast Success! Now check your email to confirm your subscription. There was an error submitting your subscription. Please try again. Email Address I'd like to receive the free email course. Send it to me 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: #666; 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; } Listener Guide
Oct 01, 2019
RAR #138: How to Choose Books for Your Kids
35:24
Your local library or bookshop (if you're lucky, both!) is likely filled with children's books. Many are simply marvelous—the kind of books you don't mind reading aloud over and over, and that you're delighted to hand to your kids. Others? Not so much. So how do we decide which books to read with our kids? How do we connect our kids with books they'll love... especially when we haven't read most of them? That's what today's episode is all about. On today's episode of the podcast... What is a good book, anyway?How to choose books without a booklist using the 3-Question TestHow to know when to ditch a book Want the transcript? Download the transcript from this episode of the Read-Aloud Revival podcast Success! Now check your email to confirm your subscription. There was an error submitting your subscription. Please try again. Email Address I'd like to receive the free email course. Send it to me 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: #666; 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; } Listener Guide
Sep 30, 2019
RAR #137: Why Your Kids Love Graphic Novels (and which we like best!)
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Graphic novels ... they sometimes make us a little nervous, right? As parents, we worry if they have any value... In this episode of the Read-Aloud Revival podcast, I'm joined by the RAR Team, and we're talking all things graphic novels. Do they count as real reading? Will they make our kids lazy readers? And what about questionable content? What you'll hear in today's show ... what's happening in your child's brain when they read a graphic novel (aka what on earth is "multi-modal" reading?)why some kids can't get enough of themour favorite graphic novels to read in our own homes And you'll find a whole slew of our favorites in the booklist below. Pop in your email for the printable version. Scroll down for the clickable version.) Get the printable booklist graphic novels we love
Sep 17, 2019
RAR #136: If You Want Your Kids to Love Reading, Try This
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I'm willing to bet that if you're reading this, you're hoping to raise kids who love reading. Think back for a second. Were the books you were assigned in school the same books you stayed up reading under the covers, late at night with a flashlight? When you were done writing the book report or the essay, did you eagerly start the book over, only to dive back into the utter delight of losing yourself in the story? Would you say those books became one of your childhood’s sweetest delights? Or were you just relieve to have "done" the book? See, all kids love stories when they are younger. Loving stories isn't the problem. The problem arises when reading becomes something we do for school—for a grade or an assignment. The problem arises when our kids start to see reading as something on their list of to-do's, rather than as one of life's sweetest delights. Today, we're turning that on its head. See, we have the opportunity to engage our kids with books differently-- in a way that helps them love a book more after they've read it (rather than relieved that they're done with the book). It's simple and doable, and on this episode of the Read-Aloud Revival, I'm breaking it down. Want to help your kids love reading? Don't miss this one. In today's show, you'll hear: 4 simple steps you can take to change the way your kids interact with books... for the betterwhy this will be a game-changer for your child's reading life If you'd like a one-page printable guide that breaks down the four steps I talk about in this episode, just text REVIVAL to the number 33777, or enter your email below: Get the Printable 4-step Guide Want my notes on this one so you don't forget the 4 steps? Where should I send them?
Sep 03, 2019
RAR #135: What We’re Reading This Fall (and an invitation 💌)
31:15

Today, I’ve got a podcast episode and an invitation to RAR Premium for you. First: the podcast. In this newest episode, I”m sharing what we’re reading this fall at Read-Aloud Revival. We’ve looked high and low and found what we think are three spectacular picture books and a novel (okay, a series) for you to […]

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Aug 19, 2019
RAR #134: Author Access with Sally Lloyd-Jones (author of The Jesus Storybook Bible)
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In this very special episode of the Read-Aloud Revival, we’re sharing an Author Access with the wonderful Sally Lloyd Jones. This was an event celebrating her book Goldfish on Vacation, which we read together as a community in RAR Premium. Sally even reads aloud to us in this one (twice!) Sally also shares … beautiful […]

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Aug 06, 2019
RAR #133: Books Take You Places (and some favorite seaside titles)
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Today we’re heading to the coast of Maine… at least in our imagination. I’m chatting with Amanda Dykes, author of the adult fiction novel, Whose Waves These Are, in a summer episode that celebrates seaside tales. In this episode, Amanda and I chat about… how the books we read as children can impact us for […]

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Jul 22, 2019
RAR #132: Books for Teens, and Why YA is a Genre (not a reading level)
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If you’ve got teens (or kids who will be teens before you know it), this episode is for you. We’re talking about books for teens, and why the YA/teen section of your library or bookstore is not a reading level. In this episode, you’ll find out: what YA is and what it isn’t a few […]

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Jul 08, 2019
RAR #131: Books About the Moon Landing
29:30

3, 2, 1 … Blast off! 🚀🌒 If you’re looking for picture books about the moon landing, you’re in the right place! July 20th marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar mission, and we’ve got the list of books to celebrate it! These books are for all ages and will help your family […]

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Jun 24, 2019
RAR #130: Reading Aloud as an Obstinate Act of Love, with Meghan Cox Gurdon
39:48

In our culture today, is reading aloud an ‘obstinate act of love?’ Meghan Cox Gurdon, this week’s guest and author of The Enchanted Hour, believes so. Meghan is the Wall Street Journal’s children’s book reviewer and says her five kids were a built-in focus group. You’ll hear us chat about … the power of reading […]

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Jun 10, 2019
RAR #129: Jim Weiss: Storytime with Jim Weiss (and how to read aloud better!)
48:13

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 […]

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May 27, 2019
RAR #128: Read with Us – The Secret Garden
28:40

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

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May 06, 2019
RAR #127: More Calm, Less Guilt, and Quiet Joy: Introverting (and Extroverting) as a Mom
41:38

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 […]

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Apr 23, 2019
RAR #126: Creating a Book Club Culture at Home (Part 2)
47:17

You want your kids to read because they *love* to, not just because they *have* to. Here's how to make that happen...

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Apr 08, 2019
RAR #125: Master Class, Creating a Book Club Culture at Home (part 1)
37:30

In today’s episode of the Read-Aloud Revival Podcast, I’m sharing a master class straight out of Read-Aloud Revival Premium about how to create a book club culture in your home. For most of us, the books we read for school growing up were not the same books we read under our covers with a flashlight […]

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Mar 25, 2019
RAR #124: Camille Andros on Being a Mom AND a Writer
32:05

Today I want to introduce you to the author of some of my new favorite picture books, Camille Andros. Camille is a writer, a traveler, a former EMT, and a mom of six. Yep, six. (So obviously, we’re kindred spirits, since I have six, too.) 😉 In this episode, you’ll hear: about her writing process […]

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Mar 12, 2019
RAR #123: A Family Story for Easter, with Special Guest: Arnold Ytreeide
39:28

Today, I am excited to introduce you to my favorite read-aloud for Lent and Easter. Amon’s Adventure is a wonderful adventure story that will leave your kids begging for just one more chapter. Amon is a 13 year-old boy during the time of Christ’s persecution, and in this fictional tale, his father has been accused […]

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Feb 25, 2019
RAR #122: Picture Book Biographies We Love
30:17

What’s the best way to introduce your kids to the lives and ideas of those who’ve gone before? In this episode of the Read-Aloud Revival podcast, the RAR Team is talking about using picture book biographies with kids of all ages. And of course, we don’t just give you the why… we also share dozens and […]

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Feb 12, 2019
RAR #121: Kate DiCamillo on Reading Aloud for Connection
46:58

I’ve got a new favorite episode of the Read-Aloud Revival podcast. It’s no wonder, because in this episode, I’m having a conversation with Kate DiCamillo on reading aloud for connection. There is so much packed into this conversation. You’ll hear… what Kate really thinks when we ask our kids “what did the author mean?” how books help us […]

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Jan 29, 2019
For Narnia and for Aslan! C.S. Lewis’s stepson, Douglas Gresham
15:47

Today I’ve got a bonus episode of the Read-Aloud Revival podcast—a conversation with Douglas Gresham. Douglas is the stepson of C.S. Lewis, author of The Chronicles of Narnia. In this episode, he shares… what C.S. Lewis was really trying to do with The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe what he wishes more people knew about […]

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Jan 23, 2019
RAR #120: Focus on What Matters Most (psst, that’s your relationships with your kids)
26:10

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 […]

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Jan 15, 2019
Read with us: Snowflake Bentley
4:43

Reading books together as a family is the best way to connect. We connect with each other, with the books we read, and with the big ideas we encounter there. In fact, there are four steps I like best when it comes to sharing books with our kids: Read aloud Share an experience around the […]

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Jan 08, 2019
RAR #119: Delighting in Your Own Reading Life, with Anne Bogel
44:55

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 […]

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Dec 31, 2018
Announcing the 2019 31-Day Read-Aloud Challenge
11:02

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. Participants tell us that this simple challenge transforms their kids’ relationships with reading. I know. That sounds like an exaggeration. But…well…see for yourself! It’s kind of hard to […]

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Dec 17, 2018
RAR #118: A’s to Your Q’s
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In today’s episode of the Read-Aloud Revival, I’m answering your questions. Tune in to hear: What to read after the Little House on the Prairie books My teen daughters’ favorite books Whether re-reading/re-listening is OK How to make sure younger kids don’t miss out on childhood classics Tips for sharing books with Dads How I […]

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Nov 27, 2018
RAR #117: Christmas Novels to Read Aloud with the Whole Family
29:17

You’ve been asking for one, and this year, we made it for you: a booklist of Christmas novels to read aloud. If you’re looking for stories that will shape and form your Advent and Christmas season, you’re in exactly the right place. On this brand new podcast episode, I’m sharing my favorite Christmas novels (and […]

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Nov 20, 2018
RAR #116: Reading Aloud to Babies, Connection Parenting, and Getting Books into the Hands of Every Child
38:28

We say it often here at the Read-Aloud Revival: sharing books with our kids is all about connection. This is true for all ages, but today we’re especially going to talk about the importance of reading aloud to babies. Our guest today goes so far as to say that our effectiveness as parents is in direct […]

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Nov 13, 2018
Audio Book Deals Not to Miss
3:47

I wasn’t planning on putting up a post today, but.. I had to! This weekend, I found over 100 fantastic audio book deals for kids. They’re all under $5 and some are as low as 82 cents. We never know how long they are going to stay this price, so I wanted you to know about […]

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Nov 11, 2018
RAR #115: Are you Making this Mistake When you Read Aloud With Your Kids?
27:41

There’s a common mistake that most of us make while reading aloud. The good news is that it’s actually pretty easy to fix! There’s one very simple thing you can do right away that will make your read-alouds better. Not only will it help your kids understand books better, it will also make you enjoy […]

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Nov 06, 2018
RAR #114: Writing the Book You Needed as a Child, a conversation with Susan Tan
38:04

I met author, Susan Tan, face to face on my summer trip to Boston. Her middle-grade books about Cilla Lee-Jenkins have become favorites of mine to recommend, and she was every bit as fun as I thought she’d be! She’s also incredibly smart, and she’s writing wonderful books for our kids. On today’s Read-Aloud Revival […]

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Oct 30, 2018
RAR #113: Why Reading Aloud to a Wide Range of Ages is Difficult (and How to Do It Without Losing Your Mind)
28:12

We picture all of our darling children curled around us, listening happily as we share a story together … BUT … What if we have toddlers and teens? Or just lots of kids with strong opinions?! Is there ANYTHING we can do? YES! Today’s episode is all about finding the read-aloud sweet spot when you have […]

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Oct 20, 2018
RAR #112: How an Audio Book is Made, with audio book narrator and producer, Lyssa Browne
36:27

You might have heard us say this before, but here at The Read-Aloud Revival, we believe that audio books count. Today we’re going behind the scenes to talk about how an audio book is made. In fact, we often prefer reading books on audio. Listening to a good book, well-read, is a wonderful way to fill your […]

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Oct 13, 2018
RAR #111: When You’re Constantly Interrupted during Read-Alouds
28:03

Do your kids ever interrupt during read-aloud time? No? Just mine? 😉 Today we’re talking all about how to handle interruptions– whether they’re coming from the phone, the doorbell, the 2-year-old, or the chatty middle schooler. We’ll consider what’s really causing those interruptions in the first place, as well as how to set ourselves up for […]

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Oct 09, 2018
RAR #110: S.D. Smith Live
46:20

You might know S.D. Smith as the author of the Green Ember series of books. He also happens to be hilarious – which makes this episode so much fun! At all five Great Homeschool Conventions in 2018, Sarah Mackenzie interviewed S.D. Smith live on stage. At one point, he flipped the whole thing on its […]

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Oct 02, 2018
RAR #109: How to Take Your Kids Around the World through Picture Books
32:40

Most of us can’t travel the world with our kids. But that shouldn’t keep up us from traveling the world with them through books. Today on the Read-Aloud Revival Podcast, Rea Berg and I are talking about how to take your kids (of all ages) around the world through picture books. We’re chatting about: why no […]

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Aug 28, 2018
RAR #108: Favorite Picture Books for Ancient History
22:07

If you’re looking to read books for ancient history studies with your kids this year, this booklist is for you. It’s a short list of delightful picture book read-alouds for the whole family. Why only picture books? Well… because picture books are worthwhile for everyone. Your high schooler is likely to enjoy these books every bit […]

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Aug 21, 2018
RAR #107: Dr. Michael Gurian on The Minds of Girls
43:53

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 […]

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Aug 14, 2018
RAR #106: Connection, Community, and Confidence: What your homeschool needs this fall
19:20

At the start of a new school year, we’re all full of hopes for a year that means something. We want our kids to encounter big ideas, learn new skills, read wonderful books, and come out the other side of the school year richer than they were going in. That’s why infusing your home with […]

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Aug 08, 2018
RAR# 105: Favorite Early Reader Books (for kids who are learning to read)
38:29

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 […]

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Jul 29, 2018
RAR #104: Put Those Books Face OUT!
14:36

I’m coming to you today with a simple tip that could make a HUGE difference in how often your kids pick up books for fun. In fact, it may seem *too* simple at first, so you’re going to have to try it for yourself! What is it? Put the books OUT. Face-out, I mean. Think […]

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Jul 17, 2018
RAR # 103: Excellent Nonfiction Picture Books, Gail Gibbons
31:50

I’m willing to bet that you are familiar with Gail Gibbons’s work. Not only is she incredibly prolific, she is just one of those authors who becomes our go-to when it comes to learning with our kids.  Gail Gibbons is the author of more than 170 books for kids. Primarily a non-fiction author, her signature […]

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Jul 14, 2018
RAR #102: What Kids Really Need (and Want), with Dr. Meg Meeker
35:57

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 […]

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Jul 09, 2018
RAR #101: 3 Steps to Connecting with Your Kids this Summer
30:44

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 […]

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May 30, 2018
RAR #100: Jeanne Birdsall, The Penderwicks, and over 4 Million Downloads
49:56

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 […]

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May 14, 2018
RAR #99: Meet Lola Dutch (she is just too much!)
40:00

Lola Dutch is a little bit … much. And yet, she’s also like so many of us. I think you’re just going to love her! Today, I’m thrilled to be joined by Lola Dutch creators Kenneth and Sarah Jane Wright. In this episode you’ll hear: How Lola came to be Why so many of us seem […]

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Apr 30, 2018
RAR #98: Introducing Kids to Foreign Language through Reading Aloud
40:37

Many of us want to help our children learn a second language, but where do we start? And what if we only speak one language ourselves? Anne Guarnera of Language Learning at Home is joining us today to walk us through it. Although it isn’t her first language, she speaks Spanish in her home and […]

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Apr 23, 2018
RAR #97: The Lowdown on Reading Aloud with Teens
23:51

Last week we talked about reading aloud to kids who can read on their own,  but today we’re taking that a step further and talking about reading aloud with teens.  You know the most important thing about reading aloud with teens, right? Surprise! It’s not their literary value or whether your teen knows how to […]

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Apr 16, 2018
RAR #96: The Lowdown on Reading Aloud to 8 – 12 Year Olds
25:54

If there is one thing I hope you take away from this episode – it’s this: keep reading to your 8-12 year olds.  Kids ages 8-12 are so fun to share books with, and you can have such wonderful conversations with this age group. Plus, you are continuing to make memories and associate reading with […]

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Apr 09, 2018
RAR #95: The Lowdown on Reading Aloud to 4-7 Year Olds
25:25

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 […]

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Apr 02, 2018
RAR #94: The Lowdown on Reading Aloud to 0-3 Year Olds
25:28

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 […]

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Mar 21, 2018
RAR #93: How to Create a Book Club Culture at Home
34:03

Today I get to share a chapter from my new book, The Read-Aloud Family: Making Meaningful and Lasting Connections with Your Kids. This is chapter 6 (one of my favorites!), where I talk about how we can create a book club culture at home, and thereby raise kids who read for the love it. This […]

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Mar 19, 2018
RAR #92: Books Boys Love (that aren’t just books for boys)
31:48

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 […]

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Mar 13, 2018
RAR #91: Sharing A Wrinkle in Time with Your Family
22:48

A Wrinkle in Time is one of my favorite books to share with kids, and it’s featured as one of my top picks for read-alouds in chapter 15 of one of the brand new book, The Read-Aloud Family.  The movie’s release later this week offers families a wonderful opportunity to experience the book together and have […]

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Mar 04, 2018
RAR #90: Easter Basket Ideas for Young Readers
40:22

Need a few Easter basket ideas for your young readers? We’ve got you covered! In this episode we’re bringing you books and bookish ideas for kids infant-teen. In this episode, we talk about: favorite children’s bibles and Easter books fiction books that your kids will love to find in their baskets this year Click that […]

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Feb 26, 2018
RAR #89: Andrew Pudewa is back!
38:18

It could be said that if not for a slightly impulsive email to Andrew Pudewa, the Read-Aloud Revival might not exist. That’s right – today I am welcoming back Andrew Pudewa from the Institute for Excellence in Writing – who was also the very first guest on the podcast. In this episode, we talk about: why […]

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Feb 21, 2018
RAR #88: Don’t Miss This Book: The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street
40:27

Are you looking for the episode with Dr. Michael Gurian? That one is actually episode 82: Why Fidgeting is a Good Sign (and what brain science has to say about reading aloud), Dr. Michael Gurian Today I’m sharing one of the best books I read last year. The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street is uniquely wonderful– a […]

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Feb 12, 2018
RAR #87: Books to Celebrate Your Adopted Child, Brooke Cooney
38:33

In today’s episode of the podcast, we’re sharing books about adoption. Some are picture books, some are YA– and we’ve got a little something for everyone in between. These are books that will help your family celebrate the adopted children in your life. Brooke Cooney has made it her mission to share books about orphaned children, […]

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Feb 06, 2018
RAR #86: 5 Authors & Illustrators You Might Not Know About (But Probably Want To!)
25:11

Today, I’m hoping to tell you about some authors/illustrators you may not have heard about before! These aren’t necessarily new authors, but they may be new to you. Here’s what I’m sharing in this episode: picture books, middle grade books and even books for your tweens and teens – I’m covering ALL the bases! graphic […]

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Jan 29, 2018
RAR #85: Reading “Messy” Books About Hard Topics with Kids
43:52

I think this is one of the best conversations we’ve had so far at The Read-Aloud Revival. Today we’re talking “messy” books. Parents – you probably know just what I mean. Messy books are those books that tackle hard topics. Or maybe they just have stuff in the background that makes us a little nervous […]

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Jan 23, 2018
RAR #84: Books for Kids Who Don’t Love Reading (Yet)
24:55

What can we do about our kids who don’t love reading? Today I’m sharing a few ideas, as well as a few books that just might turn your reluctant reader into a reader who stays up past bedtime, sneaking books under the covers with a flashlight. In this episode of the Read-Aloud Revival podcast, you’ll […]

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Jan 15, 2018
RAR #83: Why Read Picture Books with Older Kids?
43:14

Do you read picture books with older kids? Could this be a picture book year for your family? Today, the whole RAR crew is chatting picture books – and why it’s a great idea to read them with your bigger kids too! In today’s episode, we discuss: Kortney’s simple & systematic approach to reading picture […]

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Jan 08, 2018
Answers to Questions about the 31-Day Read-Aloud Challenge
27:14

Do you have questions about the 31-Day Read-Aloud Challenge? I did a little Facebook and Instagram Live broadcast, answering some common questions we’re getting, like… how can pre-readers participate? which books count? what if we miss a day? can we participate if we’re outside the United States? Watch the video replay to get the answers […]

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Dec 30, 2017
31-Day Read-Aloud Challenge
8:12

We’re creeping ever closer to January, and at the Read-Aloud Revival, that means it’s just about time for our 31-Day Read-Aloud Challenge! This is our most popular event of the year. We hear countless stories of kids who, after doing the 31-Day Challenge, go from being reluctant readers to voracious readers. It’s kind of hard […]

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Dec 11, 2017
RAR #82: Why Fidgeting is a Good Sign (and what brain science has to say about reading aloud), Dr. Michael Gurian
40:36

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: […]

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Nov 28, 2017
RAR #81: Eavesdropping on the Soul, a conversation with Katherine Paterson
36:28

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 […]

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Nov 21, 2017
RAR #80: Fantastic Gifts for Young Readers
23:34

What do you give as gifts for young readers? (Besides books, of course!) Here’s a whole list of gift ideas for the young readers in your life. In this episode of the Read-Aloud Revival podcast, you’ll hear: Great gift ideas for babies through teens Ideas beyond books – games, book accessories, puzzles, posters, shirts and […]

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Nov 13, 2017
RAR #79: Qualities of Great Books for Kids, with Sarita Holzmann of Sonlight Curriculum
31:12

What should we look for when we’re choosing books for our children? It’s as easy at 7 points, as you’ll hear in this episode with Sarita Holzmann of Sonlight Curriculum. Sarita is a veteran homeschool mom and book lover. Listen in as she shares: how her son went from struggling reader to Valedictorian all about […]

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Nov 06, 2017
RAR #78: Favorite Picture Book Treasuries
23:18

Once upon a time, I said we didn’t love treasuries at our house. Welllll … its time to eat some crow. Lately, we’ve been reading lots of picture book treasuries, and we are LOVING THEM. They are perfect for longer reading sessions,  for taking on errands when you know you’ll be sitting in waiting rooms, […]

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Oct 30, 2017
RAR #77: What the Scholastic Reading Report Means for You, Andrea Pinkney
31:06

Scholastic’s Kids & Family Reading Report is a national survey of children ages 6–17 and their parents that explores attitudes and behaviors around books and reading. In this episode, I’m joined by author, Vice President, and Editor-at-Large at Scholastic, Andrea Davis Pinkney. We talk about what the most recent report means for us as parents– […]

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Oct 23, 2017
RAR #76: How to make reading aloud the best part of the day
20:41

What do you do when reading aloud doesn’t work out exactly how you hoped? Maybe your kids are arguing or you’re falling asleep … But you know how valuable it is to read aloud, so what can you do? Five things. Listen in to the podcast to hear: 5 ways to make reading aloud enjoyable […]

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Oct 16, 2017
RAR #75: Delightful, Simple Reading Journals for Kids
14:57

It can be challenging to keep track of the books our kids read, right? But if we want to grow a family of readers, we kind of need to have a system that actually works! So today I’m sharing about our simple reading journals. Listen in to find out: how to create a treasured list […]

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Oct 09, 2017
RAR # 74: One thing you won’t regret
14:48

This might be our shortest-ever episode, but also one of the most important. It’s all about what matters most. Today I’m talking about how we can make a simple choice that will make a *huge* impact on our kids and families. In this episode, we’ll dive into: how to figure out what matters most, even […]

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Sep 27, 2017
RAR #73: What your kids can do while you read aloud (they’ll probably listen better than ever)
35:29

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 […]

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Sep 25, 2017
RAR #72: How to Save a Bad Day
13:00

Bad days – we all have them, right? We can’t really avoid that, but we can have a strategy tucked into our pocket- a simple strategy that will help us save a bad day. As a mama of 6 kids – preschool through high school – I sure do. So today, I’m talking how to save those […]

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Sep 13, 2017
RAR #71: The Research and Inspiration Behind Fascinating Historical Fiction, Caroline Starr Rose
37:18

Caroline Starr Rose is back, and she’s joining me today to talk about her historical fiction, plus she’s sharing inspiration for young authors and tips for introducing novels in verse to our kids. Listen in as we discuss: the picture book she wrote about the wetlands after Hurricane Katrina what research looks like for a historical […]

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Sep 11, 2017
RAR #70: How to Find Time to Read as a Busy Mom
24:11

Today I’m addressing a question I get ALL THE TIME – how to find time to read. How do we cultivate a reading life in the midst of parenting, life, and other general busyness? In this episode I’m addressing the best ways I have found to fit more reading into my life. I’m sharing my […]

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Sep 04, 2017
RAR #69: Helen Oxenbury, Behind the Scenes with an Award-Winning Illustrator
35:51

This is one of the most delightful conversations we’ve ever had on the Read-Aloud Revival podcast! I’m talking today with Helen Oxenbury, author and illustrator, about creating picture books – from where she gets her ideas, to the supplies she uses to draw animals (and the cutest darn babies around) and more. We discuss: which […]

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Aug 28, 2017
RAR #68: 5 Books to Read Aloud with Teens
15:41

Are you unsure of what to read aloud with teens? Do you ever get a little overwhelmed looking through the YA section at your local bookstore or library? Not to worry. I’m here today with 5 (OK, plus one more!) books to read with your teens. In this episode, you’ll hear: a book that helped […]

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Aug 21, 2017
RAR #67: Reading for the Bigger Story, Jonathan Rogers
35:58

Hold on to your hats everyone – I am sharing one of my very favorite middle grade series in this episode. I’m chatting with both my daughter Allison and someone who just might be my favorite living author, Jonathan Rogers. Jonathan is author of the fantastic Winderking series, which has been described as a cross […]

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Aug 14, 2017
RAR #66: Do Audio Books Count as Read-Alouds?
30:15

Here at the Read-Aloud Revival, we are BIG FANS of audio books, but we get asked all the time: “Do audio books count as real read alouds?” In today’s brand new episode of the podcast, I’m answering that question. You’ll also hear: whether or not audio books count as real reading where and how to listen (either […]

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Aug 07, 2017
RAR #65: How to Best Use and Support Your Local Library
46:16

  Do you make the best use of the resources available to you at your local library? Or do you even know all of what your library can do for you? You’re not alone if the answer to either of those questions is “no.” Today I’m talking to Amy Commers, a Youth Services Librarian in Minnesota, […]

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Jul 31, 2017
Special Edition: An Exclusive Interview with Jeanne Birdsall & N.D. Wilson
50:40

Today you’re in for a treat… The next season of the Read-Aloud Revival podcast doesn’t begin until next month, but today I’ve got something you’re gonna love as a special edition while you wait. It’s an exclusive interview between New York Times bestselling author, Jeanne Birdsall (The Penderwicks series) and best-selling author, N.D. Wilson (100 Cupboards, […]

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Jul 10, 2017
RAR #64: Helping Resistant Readers Fall in Love with Books, Laura Martin
46:40

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 […]

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May 07, 2017
RAR #63: Introducing Kids to Chesterton, Nancy Carpentier Brown
35:56

The first time Nancy Carpentier Brown read G.K. Chesterton’s work, she didn’t just hate it – she actually burned the book! But things certainly changed. Nancy now not only works with the American Chesterton Society, she is a leading expert on Frances Chesterton, and a much-requested speaker on both Gilbert and Frances Chesterton. She’s also […]

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Apr 24, 2017
RAR #62: Inspiring a Love of Nature Through Books, Greta Eskridge
49:31

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 […]

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Apr 10, 2017
RAR #61: Highlights from Read-Aloud Revival Author Access
34:31

I know this about you: you want to make meaningful and lasting connections with your kids. As a busy homeschooling mom of six, I completely understand that when the house is a mess and the laundry pile is overflowing and life feels just plain crazy, spending a few minutes reading aloud with my kids- even […]

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Mar 27, 2017
RAR #60: Your Job is to Plant the Seed, a conversation with Sally Lloyd Jones
35:59

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 […]

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Mar 12, 2017
RAR #59: Books to Make the Whole Family Howl, Maryrose Wood
52:16

Awoooooooo! Get ready for some pure delight in this episode of the Read-Aloud Revival podcast. We’re joined by the wonderful and witty author of the spunky and endearing Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place series. In this episode, Maryrose Wood joins us to discuss: where the idea of a governess caring for children raised by wolves came […]

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Feb 27, 2017
RAR #58: History, Heroes and Henty, with Jim Hodges
41:18

Are you and your kids familiar with books by G.A Henty? You’re certainly going to want to spend some time with him after hearing this episode. Jim Hodges, audio actor, former homeschooling dad, and creator of Jim Hodges Audio Books is talking with Sarah in this episode about how to bring Henty, and history, to life. He […]

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Feb 14, 2017
RAR #57: How Stories Shaped an Out-of-the-Box Kid, Sally & Nathan Clarkson
49:03

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 […]

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Jan 31, 2017
RAR Bonus Episode: Some of the Best Books by Living Authors
32:59

If you are unsure which books being published today are worth your time (or if they’re worth your time at all)… then this brand new episode of the Read-Aloud Revival podcast- all about some of the best books by living authors- is for you. We’re launching season 10 of the Read-Aloud Revival podcast with an episode dedicated to […]

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Jan 24, 2017
How to Make Meaningful Connections with Your Kids in the Coming Year
8:30

If you want to make more meaningful and lasting connections with your kids through books in the coming year, then I have a tip for you: Don’t try to read aloud every day. Not what you thought I would say? Well, then. You’d better listen to the rest. This episode of the podcast is the shortest […]

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Dec 28, 2016
RAR #56: What’s at Stake and Why Stories Matter, Jonathan Auxier
47:58

Jonathan Auxier has been a writer for a very long time, but he says he never really felt like he had found his place until he began writing children’s literature. Thank goodness he did! The New York Times best-selling author of what he calls “strange stories for strange children,” his books include Peter Nimble and His Fantastic […]

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Nov 29, 2016
RAR #55: Best Thanksgiving Books – Cultivating a Spirit of Gratitude
39:31

What happens when you get three book-loving ladies together to chat gratitude and the best Thanksgiving books? there’s just a bit of excitement so Sarah orders a book on air! (We love it when she does that!) and then we end up with a big list of great books like the one below So join […]

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Nov 13, 2016
RAR #54: Sharing Experiences through Stories, James Daniels
37:01

James Daniels is passionate about many things – his family, his church, good food, gardening and education. He’s also driven to make sense of educational philosophy in a way that’s helpful for others. In this episode of the Read-Aloud Revival, James and I talk about: sharing enthusiasm for books with our kids how our excitement about […]

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Nov 03, 2016
RAR #53: Can a Children’s Book Change the World? Linda Sue Park
48:25

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: […]

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Oct 30, 2016
RAR Bonus Episode: Melissa Sweet on the One and Only E.B. White
41:55

Although Melissa Sweet didn’t grow up a reader, she has always had a love and passion for creating, which shows in the beautiful drawings, paintings and collages she has used to illustrate numerous picture books. She also an accomplished author, and her most recent book is about the one and only E.B. White- the ma […]

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Oct 11, 2016
RAR #52: Bonding Through Books, Tricia Goyer
42:14

Tricia Goyer is the well-known author of more than 50 encouraging books for women, moms and teens. She’s also a homeschooling mama of 10, and 7 of her children came to her family through adoption. In this episode, Tricia talks about: how reading aloud helped her to bond with her adoptive children how although she grew up in […]

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Oct 03, 2016
RAR #51: The Golden Age of Children’s Books
52:43

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 […]

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Sep 20, 2016
RAR #50: How Books Spark Easy Projects & Play
43:45

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 […]

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Sep 06, 2016
RAR #49: Why We Should All Be Reading Aloud to Children
42:30

When I first saw Rebecca Bellingham’s TedX talk, Why We Should All Be Reading Aloud to Children, I was so moved that I watched it twice in a row. Then I shot a note off to the Read-Aloud Revival podcast manager: “can we get her on the podcast?” And we did. :) You’re in for a […]

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Aug 22, 2016
Announcing Season 9 :: RAR Podcast

Guess what starts August 22nd? I’ll give you a teeny tiny peek at what’s coming when you click the play button below: Don’t want to miss an episode? I don’t want you to either. :) Pop your email in below and you won’t- plus, I’ll send you a list of my favorite read-alouds.

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Aug 16, 2016
The Most Important Part of Teaching Kids to Read
21:21

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 […]

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Jul 26, 2016
RAR #48: Give Your Child the World, Raising Globally Minded Kids One Book at a Time– Jamie Martin
45:04

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 […]

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Jun 07, 2016
RAR #47: How to Read the Classics with Kids (even if you’ve never read them before)
45:06

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 […]

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May 31, 2016
RAR # 46: Assigned Versus Free Reading
53:01

In this brand new episode of the Read-Aloud Revival, we tackle one of the most frequently asked questions we get at the Read-Aloud Revival… “How much reading should I assign?” I’m chatting with Mystie Winckler about just that, and I think you’re going to get a nice deeeep breath after hearing what Mystie has to […]

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May 17, 2016
RAR #45: Our Favorite Picture Books
54:41

Picture books aren’t just for young kids… They’re companions for our children, and they’re powerful tools that we can use to connect with our kids. In this new episode of the Read-Aloud Revival, the whole RAR team gathers to chat up our favorite picture books (and how we use them). We have so much fun that: […]

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May 03, 2016
RAR #44: Magic and Fear in Children’s Books, N.D. Wilson
48:08

 Do your kids like creepy stories? Some of mine do, and I’ve been curious about the role of both magic and fear in my children’s reading life. There’s no one better to talk to about this than the much loved and celebrated Christian author of the (fantastically creepy) 100 Cupboards series, N.D. Wilson. It’s a great […]

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Apr 19, 2016
RAR #43: Raising Kids Who Read, Daniel Willingham
47:06

If you want to raise kids who read not because they can, but because they love to… you’re in the right place. On this episode of the Read-Aloud Revival podcast, Daniel Willingham and I discuss: what cognitive science tells us that will help our kids fall in love with books. (It’s easier than you think!) a new […]

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Apr 04, 2016
RAR #42: Inspiring Parents in Children’s Literature: A Conversation with Greta Eskridge
48:51

  What inspires you to be a better parent? When Greta Eskridge wants inspiration in her mothering, she doesn’t usually turn to parenting manuals. She turns to her favorite children’s book classics, instead. In this episode of the Read-Aloud Revival, Greta describes how reading books like The Yearling, Little Women, Caddie Woodlawn, and even Danny, Champion of the […]

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Mar 08, 2016
RAR # 41: Navigating Fantasy: A Guide for Christian Parents, Carolyn Leiloglou
43:05

Do you struggle when choosing fantasy books for kids? I am convinced that fantasy is a critically important part of nourishing my children’s imaginations, helping them to see and know the truth better than they could if they didn’t read it. And yet. I struggle. I never read much fantasy as a child, myself, and as an […]

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Feb 23, 2016
RAR #40 Behind the Scenes at the Read-Aloud Revival
1:00:32

We’re pulling back the curtain… Have you ever wondered what happens behind the scenes here at the Read-Aloud Revival? For example… How do we decide who to have on the podcast and which master classes to create? What needs to happen in order to book an author for the membership Author Access events? How many […]

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Feb 09, 2016
RAR #39: Reading to Kids with Special Needs, Cheryl Swope
43:47

What’s a parent of a special needs child to do about reading aloud? How do you choose books to read with a child who is developing at a different rate than his or her peers? Cheryl Swope, author of Simply Classical: A Beautiful Education for Any Child and mama to special needs twins, gives us […]

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Jan 26, 2016
RAR #38: On Dads, Boys & the Importance of Building a Family Culture Around Books, Martin Cothran
37:54

What might a dad’s role be in a read-aloud home? And how can books shape our boys into the men we hope they’ll become? On today’s show, Martin Cothran from Memoria Press chats with me about just that. Scroll down to listen. Martin shares: advice for homeschool dads his standards for choosing books why stories are […]

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Jan 12, 2016
RAR #37: Cultivating a Reading Life, Anne Bogel
53:33

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 […]

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Dec 29, 2015
RAR #36: Christmas and Advent Read-Alouds with Elizabeth Foss
57:24

It’s the hap-happiest read-aloud time of the year!  I don’t know anyone who lives this out better than my good friend, Elizabeth Foss, so I invited her onto the show to chat up Christmas and Advent read-alouds. We’re so excited about this episode of the podcast, we’re publishing a whole week early. This episode will […]

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Dec 01, 2015
RAR #35: Reading Aloud with Toddlers (and other littles) underfoot
29:50

It’s a question we hear a lot around here… how on earth is it possible to read aloud to the big kids when there are toddlers mucking about? And reading with those toddlers themselves- well, that’s a whole ‘nother ball of wax. Girl, I hear you. I have six kids, and three of them are […]

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Nov 24, 2015
RAR #34: Reading Aloud around a Traditional School Schedule
37:54

How does a family that follows a traditional school schedule make reading aloud a priority? We’re talking about it on today’s episode of the Read-Aloud Revival! Whether your kids are in school all day, or you homeschool but you feel very pressed for time, reading aloud can happen! Listen in as we talk: practical ideas simple […]

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Nov 10, 2015
RAR #33: The Research Behind Reading Aloud, Dr. Joseph Price
34:11

It doesn’t take long after starting a read-aloud habit to realize that there are a LOT of good things happening when you are snuggled up on the couch, lost in a good book with your family. But sometimes things get rough. And when that happens, it helps to get a bit more logical about the […]

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Oct 27, 2015
RAR #32: Q&A with Sarah and Kortney
41:10

In today’s episode of the Read-Aloud Revival, Kortney and I chat up the questions you’re asking most. We’re slinging around good stuff like: our favorite religious book recommendations how to keep your kids from getting distracted on your iPad when they’re “supposed” to be listening to an audio book what it’s like to be working and […]

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Oct 13, 2015
RAR #31: Reading Aloud for History, Rea Berg
57:36

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 […]

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Sep 29, 2015
RAR #30: Reading Aloud with Boys, Cindy Rollins
40:30

Boys. Here at the Read-Aloud Revival, we get asked about the nitty gritty of reading with boys more than anything else. And who better to answer those questions than a mother of eight boys? She also happens to be one of my very favorite people, so this episode is a goodie. Cindy shares: why you […]

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Sep 15, 2015
RAR #29: Getting Back in the Saddle with Reading Aloud
25:52

Have you fallen out of the read-aloud habit? It’s okay – I understand. I’ve been there 100 times! In fact, I’m just trying to get back into the swing of things myself. Getting back in the saddle is quite likely easier than you think, though. In this episode I’ll give you: a handful of tips and tricks to make […]

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Sep 01, 2015
RAR #27 Summer Reading: Making memories (& having fun)
1:06:29

We all want our kids to read over the summer, right? But how can make that summer reading both memorable and fun – a treasured childhood memory rather than another thing to do and check off our lists? For today’s show, I talked to one of my very favorite people on the whole planet- Pam […]

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Jun 08, 2015
RAR #26: How Illustrations Nourish the Imagination, Zach Franzen
44:05

If you’ve listened to the Read-Aloud Revival podcast much, you probably know I’m a huge fan of The Green Ember. I think it’s the best book my kids and I read together all year long. You’ll understand, then, why I was so excited to chat with Zach Franzen, the illustrator of The Green Ember for today’s show. […]

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May 19, 2015
RAR #25: When Kids are Whiny (and other questions you’re asking)
42:16

On today’s episode of the Read-Aloud Revival podcast, we’re answering YOUR questions! These Q&A podcasts are listener favorites, so grab some laundry, pop in your earbuds, and let’s go! Find out: what I do when kids are whiny and don’t want to listen to a read-aloud what to try when teens aren’t interested in the family book and […]

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May 05, 2015
RAR #24: From Picture Books to Chapter Books & Novels
26:27

I’m trying something new for this episode of the Read-Aloud Revival Podcast. Instead of interviewing a guest, I’m chatting with you one-on-one. Something I hear about a lot is the struggle it can be to make the transition from picture books to chapter books and novels during read-aloud time. It’s something I’ve struggled with in the past, as well, and […]

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Apr 21, 2015
RAR #22 Read Good Books. The End. -Carole Joy Seid
49:18

This isn’t rocket science, Carole Joy Seid tells us in today’s episode of the Read-Aloud Revival podcast. It’s really very simple – read good books. The end. :) This episode is chock-full of: fabulous book recommendations simple, practical strategies to help us make reading aloud a pillar of family life calming encouragement from a mom who has […]

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Mar 24, 2015
RAR #21: Finding Allies in Imagination: S.D. Smith & The Green Ember
50:36

I’m going to be crazy bossy here and tell you this: if you read nothing else to your kids this year, read The Green Ember. This is a book that will steep your family’s imagination in the good, true, and beautiful. The characters encounter tremendous difficulty and face them with indomitable courage. You will laugh, cry, and […]

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Mar 10, 2015
RAR #19 Reading Aloud to Toddlers- the Why & How
44:32

We know we should start reading aloud to toddlers when they are still small, but somehow the logistics of doing just that are really difficult!  Today I’d like you to meet Haley & Sarah from Aslan’s Library– a blog I love. Haley and Sarah focus most of their blog writing about beautiful and true theological books […]

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Feb 10, 2015
On Living a Storyformed Life, RAR #17
47:13

If you only listen to one episode of the Read-Aloud Revival podcast, let this one be it. This episode is the humdinger of them all, if I do say so myself. ;) I have been dying to talk to Sarah Clarkson since the Read-Aloud Revival was born! She’s a busy student at Oxford, though, and it […]

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Jan 12, 2015
RAR #16: Start a Reading Streak!
8:02

I never do this- record a podcast episode on the fly just because I’m so excited I can’t help myself. :) But today is the last day of 2014 and I want to make sure we head into 2015 and make it count by forming deep and meaningful connections with our kids. In this (spontaneous!) […]

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Dec 31, 2014
RAR #15 Poetry Read-Alouds for Parents Who Are Intimidated by Poetry
48:46

Caroline Starr Rose has written entire books in verse. Now don’t be intimidated. Her book, May B, has been described as part Hatchet, part Little House on the Prairie, and part Out of the Dust. In this episode of the Read-Aloud Revival podcast, I chat with Caroline about: her books, of course! how to get […]

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Nov 17, 2014
RAR #14: For Parents Who Don’t Like Reading Aloud
29:37

Do you enjoy reading aloud? I know a whole lot of people who don’t. But just because you don’t enjoy reading aloud doesn’t mean you can’t build your family culture around books. Today on the Read-Aloud Revival podcast, I chat with Mystie Winckler about how audio books can make a huge difference in your family’s […]

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Nov 03, 2014
RAR #13: Learning to Read- What to Do With Your Struggling Reader
21:35

Reading aloud plays a major role in a child’s life as he or she is learning to read- especially if he or she is struggling to learn to read! In this podcast episode, Marie Rippel from All About Learning Press shares her thoughts on: how often to read aloud how much to prioritize it and […]

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Oct 20, 2014
RAR #12: The Reading Promise
43:05

Alice Ozma is the author of The Reading Promise: My Father and the Books We Shared. If you read nothing else this year, read this book. I mean it. I swallowed it and immediately knew I had to have Alice on the show. The book is moving, funny, heart-wrenching, and is a big huge kick in […]

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Sep 29, 2014
RAR #11: Using the Library Without Losing Your Mind, Jamie Martin
47:30

What keeps you from making the best use of your local library? For me, it’s the likelihood of losing my sanity. :) On this episode of the Read-Aloud Revival, Jamie Martin- editor of Simple Homeschool and blogger at Steady Mom– shares a perspective that we can use the library in any way that fits our family […]

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Sep 13, 2014
RAR #10: The Art of Choosing Books (and starting a book club!) with Heidi Scovel
52:00

Heidi Scovel admits that she isn’t a read-aloud superstar. Reading aloud can be hard to fit in when you’re a busy mother of four! But she does know how to choose great books and has had a lot of success starting a book club for her kids called the Book Detectives. In this episode of the podcast, […]

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Sep 02, 2014
RAR #09: A University Professor’s Perspective on Reading Aloud, Dr. Catherine Pakaluk
48:30

What can a university professor say about the value of reading aloud for future academic and relational success? A lot, actually. If that professor is also a mother of many, she’ll lend a perspective on fitting read-aloud time into busy family life, and the value of even five minutes a day spent diving into a story with […]

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Aug 16, 2014
RAR #08: Every Book is a Mystery, Lawrence Goldstone
41:24

Did you know that every book is a mystery, and all readers are detectives? In this episode of the Read-Aloud Revival Podcast, I chat with Lawrence Goldstone, author of Deconstructing Penguins: Parents, Kids, and the Bond of Reading. He tells us: why you become a sleuth when you pick any book of the shelf how ordinary parents […]

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Jul 28, 2014
RAR #07: A Lifestyle of Reading Aloud, Melissa Wiley
56:32

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 […]

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Jul 16, 2014
RAR #06: How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare, a Conversation with Ken Ludwig
49:12

Are you intimidated by Shakespeare? Do you wonder how you can introduce the bard’s work to your kids if you aren’t all that familiar with it yourself? Ah yes. You’ve come to the right place. :) I am a huge (HUGE!) fan of Ken Ludwig‘s book, How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare (now available in paperback!) and I […]

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Jul 01, 2014
RAR #05: The Importance of Reading Aloud Imperfectly
36:06

We got to hear from Jim Weiss about tips and tricks for character voices and how to be skilled storytellers in episode 4 of the podcast. Now listen in as he tells us that it doesn’t need to be done perfectly (and why we shouldn’t even try to make it so). I was rather caught off guard by how inspiring […]

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Jun 22, 2014
RAR #04: Tips & Tricks for Reading Aloud, a Conversation with Jim Weiss
48:39

You very likely know and love him already, so listen in while I chat with Jim Weiss about tips and tricks for reading aloud. This was such an awesome conversation that I split it into two episodes! In this episode Jim: gives the scoop on creating great character voices to engage your kids shares how to […]

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Jun 06, 2014
RAR #03: “Reading Aloud is Like Comfort Food”- a Conversation with Tsh Oxenreider
50:56

I’m really excited about today’s podcast! I got to chat with Tsh Oxenreider from The Art of Simple. Reading plays a major role in Tsh’s family life, and she has a down-to- earth perspective on life and books to share with us. We talked about: the ebb and flow of family life and its impact on […]

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May 22, 2014
RAR #02: Engaging Conversations- How to Talk to Your Kids About Books, a Conversation with Adam Andrews
38:07

Are you hesitant to talk to your kids about books because you don’t know how to do it? In this episode of the Read-Aloud Revival podcast, I chat with Adam Andrews from the Center for Lit. He gives us some simple tools to help us have better, more engaging conversations with our children about the books […]

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May 09, 2014
RAR #01: Reading Aloud to Older Kids, a Conversation with Andrew Pudewa
54:32

Welcome to the first episode of the Read-Aloud Revival Podcast! You’ll find all of the Read-Aloud Revival episodes right here. In this very first episode of the podcast, Andrew Pudewa from the Institute for Excellence in Writing and I talk about… why reading aloud to kids who are old enough to read to themselves is […]

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Apr 27, 2014