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Read-Aloud Revival Sarah Mackenzie

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Join Sarah Mackenzie for inspiring interviews, tips, and booklists that will help your whole family fall in love with books.

    RAR #167: Christmas with Tomie dePaola, and Winter at RAR

    RAR #167: Christmas with Tomie dePaola, and Winter at RAR

    Do you feel it in the air? The seasons are a-changing...and it's just about the best time of year for reading with a cup of cocoa, next to a crackling fire.







    (I suppose in the Southern Hemisphere it's lemonade and beach reading... but there's no bad season for reading, right?)







    We think you're going to be very excited about what we have coming up in RAR this winter, plus a brand new addition to RAR Premium - Christmas School! Listen in while I tell you all about it.







    In this episode, I'm sharing:







    * an invitation to slow down and simplify this season (yes, please!)* all about the first-ever RAR Christmas School* a preview of what's coming in 2021 (if you have a child who struggles perfectionism, WE SEE YOU-- and don't miss January in RAR Premium)























    Time stamps:







    2:23Christmas School with Tomie dePaola5:23Circle with Sarah: The Seashell Approach7:08Creative Ways to Research with Barb Rosenstock8:13'The Book of Mistakes' -- my favorite picture book for young perfectionists (yep, I have one too)9:10The game is afoot in Mama Book Club11:42WOW: Jonathan Auxier returns 12:34 'Before She was Harriet'14:26'You better believe there will be waffles!'18:21Let the Kids Speak















    Quote to remember:







    "A successful homeschool is built out of a series of small actions that are taken on purpose. So that's what we do in Circle with Sarah."Sarah Mackenzie















    Links from this episode:







    * All of our Christmas resources are here * RAR Premium* Tomie dePaola* RAR #151: It's a Story ... So What? Barb Rosenstock* RAR #56: What's at Stake and Why Stories Matter, Jonathan Auxier















    Books mentioned in this episode:









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    You'll also enjoy:







    * Christmas novels to read aloud with the whole family* Gift Guide: Dozens of bookish gifts for kids* Christmas audio books for the whole family

    • 25 min
    RAR #166: What's the Deal with Open-Ended Questions?

    RAR #166: What's the Deal with Open-Ended Questions?

    In today's episode, we're talking about how to talk with your kids about books. Specifically, we're talking about open-ended questions, which you've probably heard us talk about before here at Read-Aloud Revival.







    Open-ended questions are key to having conversations with your kids about anything they read, and anything you read together.







    But what exactly qualifies as an open-ended question, and why do they work?







    In this episode, I'm breaking down:







    * How to make book conversation a habit* How open ended questions are a form of narration* How to talk about books even if you haven't read them yourself







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    • 37 min
    RAR #165: When reading starts to feel like school

    RAR #165: When reading starts to feel like school

    It happens to all of us at one point or another: reading shifts in our kids’ lives from being principally about joy and delight into something that needs to be done for school.







    A lot of us notice a significant drop in how much our kids are reading for pleasure once the school year is well underway.







    This is a problem.







    According to the National Literacy Trust, those who enjoy reading are better, more confident readers who spend less time online, and are more motivated by interest and achievement. (source)







    In fact, we know that no single literacy activity has a more positive effect on comprehension, vocabulary, spelling, writing ability, or overall academic achievement than free voluntary reading. (source)







    Not assigned reading.







    Not reading for school.







    Free voluntary reading.







    I want to sit on this for a moment because the emphasis here is on reading for pleasure. Simply being ABLE to read, or reading because you are told to does not confer the same benefits as reading for pleasure.







    That's what we're tackling today on the podcast.















    We also get to hear from one of my favorite authors about his newest book release!







    In this episode, I'm breaking down:







    * How less can actually be more when it comes to your child's reading life* Why we want our kids to be friendly and affectionate with the books they're reading * A list of books that are just plain fun-- my recommended reads if reading has hit a slump in your house (or if you're just ready for a good time!)







    Click the play button below to start listening:















    I talk about...







    1:39Enjoying books makes better readers3:13What is our goal?5:58Feeling 'friendly, even affectionate' toward books8:15Less is more10:26Audiobooks instead14:08Invite delight16:09'The Book Whisperer'18:56'less titles, less pressure, less expectations'21:00'Willa the Wisp' (and a new series!)25:25'The Fabled Stables'26:19A series for many ages31:48 A prequel to 'Peter Nimble'34:07Let the Kids Speak







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    • 39 min
    RAR # 164: Our Favorite Way to Read through History (and a new FREE resource)

    RAR # 164: Our Favorite Way to Read through History (and a new FREE resource)

    In this very special episode of the podcast, the RAR team is discussing our favorite way to study history: through picture book biographies. We're also sharing a brand new FREE resource - a huge list of our favorite picture book biographies, organized by time period and category.







    This resource will be a huge help to your history studies, because we've matched the books up to each time period. We've also got categories for:







    * Artists* Athletes* Inventors & Explorers* Musicians* Scientists & Mathematicians* U.S. History* Writers







    And of course, we have the whole list available for you uncategorized, as well, if you like your booklists to lead to wild spontaneous discoveries. 







    The list is available to view online, or to print. Pop your email in below to get it.







    Download the FREE categorized list Get the full printable list of our favorite picture book biographies, organized by time period and category, including tips and open-ended questions

    • 49 min
    RAR #163: A Reader's Guide to a More Tranquil Mind, Alan Jacobs

    RAR #163: A Reader's Guide to a More Tranquil Mind, Alan Jacobs

    A tranquil mind. Any chance you want one of those? I know I do. Today on the Read-Aloud Revival podcast, we're talking about how readers can give themselves the gift of a tranquil mind by reading old books.







    Wait, did I just say "by reading old books?"







    I did.







    And I have a feeling this episode will challenge and expand your expectation for what reading old books can do for us in the here and now.







    Alan Jacobs







    I like to describe Alan Jacobs as one of my favorite thinkers...







    ...and if you listen in to this episode, you'll know why.







    He's an accomplished author and a Distinguished Professor in the Humanities at Baylor University, and in this episode he's talking about why we can benefit from reading old books right now more than ever.







    His reasons might just surprise and delight you -- especially if you're feeling a little frayed by everything in the world demanding your attention.















    I'm not gonna lie, folks, a conversation with Alan Jacobs is always, always worth the time. I think you're going to love this one!







    Also, be sure to check out his newest book, Breaking Bread with the Dead: A Reader's Guide to a More Tranquil Mind. I loved it.







    In this episode:







    * our own tranquility vs our own twitchiness* how to read books that contain troublesome and problematic ideas (because old books tend to do that... a lot!)* what it means to read with generosity







    I also answer a listener question about whether we should let our kids do their own independent reading instead of listening to the group read-aloud.







    Click the play button below to start listening:















    We talk about...







    2:12 'Breaking Bread with the Dead' - Alan Jacobs is back2:47 Q&A: Having kids listen to read-alouds instead of reading independently7:05 Book lists and more 10:29 Writing about 'old books from strange times'14:36 Tranquility vs. twitchiness19:12 Helping kids experience a different world21:57 Sitting at a table23:55 'Training ground'30:21 'Troublesome books'35:25 Reading with generosity37:51 Jacob wrestling with the angel40:90 Not too much reverence42:28 Where to begin with old books46:07 Let the Kids Speak















    Quotes to remember:







    "When you read an old book, you want to look for something that has thoughts that are not your thoughts, that has assumptions that are not your assumptions, that sees the world very differently than you see the world, because those are the words that are going to teach us."Alan Jacobs







    "Anybody who's been to a museum knows that it's possible to just stand too close to the painting you're trying to look at. You're so close to it, you can see certain things, but you can't see the overall composition. You can't see how the different elements of the painting relate to one another. So, what do you do? You step back."Alan Jacobs







    "Art is our chief means of breaking bread with the dead."W.H. Auden







    "If you've read the past carefully and patiently and you've developed a little bit of tranquility, then you have a chance of kind of carrying over that tranquility to your encounters with people who disagree with you ... and that I think people really notice."Alan Jacobs







    "The past is a foreign country. They do things differently there." L.P. Hartley

    • 49 min
    RAR #162: Why and How Reading Aloud Will Change Your Children's Lives Forever (Mem Fox)

    RAR #162: Why and How Reading Aloud Will Change Your Children's Lives Forever (Mem Fox)

    If you need a boost of sunshine in your week, stop whatever you're doing and listen to this podcast. Why? Because in this episode, Australian icon Mem Fox joins me to talk about the unique gift this specific time can offer us -- the chance to read together, to connect, and to help our kids fall in love with books on a whole new level.















    Mem Fox is Australia's most celebrated author and the creator of many too many pictures books to count.







    She's a giant advocate of reading aloud, as you'll hear, and someone I've been dying to talk with. On today's show, we're talking about how and why reading to our kids will change their lives forever.







    In this podcast episode, you'll hear:







    * the magic that happens when kids and parents curl up to read together* what reading aloud does for parents too - especially right now!* and of course, Mem's favorite books to read aloud







    I'm also sharing the most encouraging thing I've read online in a long time (that happens at minute 1:13).















    Click the play button below to start listening:























    We talk about...















    1:13 An uplifting message (don't we all need one right about now?)4:33Interrupted during reading aloud7:14 On expectations11:27Australia's best-selling writer (yes, the whole continent!) Mem Fox14:04Reading aloud: ' A lifeline of happiness'17:14'Laid-back, hang-loose, let's have fun'20:39The role of accents in phonics24:18Bonding through Peter Pan26:39Like driving a car ...29:11How to raise readers29:50A 'craze about birds'31:32 Mem recommends ...34:48Reading essentials36:24Remembering Tomie39:10Let the Kids Speak















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    • 44 min

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CaliforniaCoffee ,

LOVE THIS!!

As an author, speech-pathologist and mom of two young kids... I am so excited I came across this podcast! It's so wonderful that Sarah has brought this concept to the podcast world! I have always been an advocate for using books to grow great kids. My clinical training is how to use books to teach kids to talk, but as a mom, I've also realized how much books open-up conversations to *everything*!!! I love the concept of this show and can't wait to listen to more episodes! Thank you Sarah for providing us with this invaluable podcast!

torahforall ,

Life-changing

Not sure what I was expecting, but this podcast has changed our lives. It has given me the inspiration to do a complete overhaul on how we homeschool and has rekindled the passion I had lost for reading aloud to my children. I can’t thank you enough for the podcast, Sarah, Courtney and Kara!

Saukihy ,

Incredible!

This is now my absolute favorite podcast! I did not grow up reading very much. I literally read the cliff notes versions of all the classics just to get through school. In my pursuit to teach my children to read I found this podcast and it has changed everything. As a family we now read 5 or 6 books together everyday and I’ve started reading on my own for pleasure. This podcast has opened up a whole new world for me that I never knew I could love so much. Thank you!

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