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The Read-Aloud Revival podcast helps parents, homeschoolers, and teachers make meaningful and lasting connections with kids through books. Join host, Sarah Mackenzie, author of the USA Bestseller, The Read-Aloud Family and Teaching from Rest, for interviews, tips, and helpful booklists that will help your whole family fall in love with books.

Read-Aloud Revival Sarah Mackenzie

    • Kids & Family
    • 4.9, 2.3K Ratings

The Read-Aloud Revival podcast helps parents, homeschoolers, and teachers make meaningful and lasting connections with kids through books. Join host, Sarah Mackenzie, author of the USA Bestseller, The Read-Aloud Family and Teaching from Rest, for interviews, tips, and helpful booklists that will help your whole family fall in love with books.

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

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

    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









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    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

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

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

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















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







    In this episode, you'll hear:







    what's in the Read-Aloud Handbook's whole new chapter (it's a good one)updates about audiobooks and other 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









    You'll also 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

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

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

    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

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

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

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







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







    In this episode, you'll hear:







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







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







    Click the play button below to start listening:















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

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

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







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







    Homeschooling is a lot like bamboo.







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







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







    But the seeming dormancy? It matters.







    In this episode, you'll hear:







    The power of one small action - it can change 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:















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

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

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















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







    In this episode, you'll hear:







    what to do when your kids can read "older" books, when you know they aren't ready for the 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:















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Got2BJoy ,

Got ME Reading Again!

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

She-she Mir-Mir ,

Delightful

I discovered Read-Aloud Revival a few weeks ago. As a grandma, it has been fun to hear book recommendations for so many picture books. As I love reading and want to ignite that in my grandchildren, Sara’s enthusiasm and knowledge of reading is a great way to keep that alive. Once I listen to as many of the podcasts as I can, I will start over!

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Sarah's laughter and smile is contagious and her reading recommendations are wonderful. Finding this podcast at the outset of my homeschooling journey led me to a heavily reading based philosophy and style in homeschooling. I believe with all my heart that my little dyslexics learned to read more easily because of the many hours we have been reading aloud over the years. And Thanks Sarah, we have loved many, many of your suggestions!

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