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February 11, 2020
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 .
January 28, 2020
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: ...
January 14, 2020
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!
January 6, 2020
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,
December 25, 2019
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 .
December 9, 2019
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.
November 21, 2019
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,
November 11, 2019
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 What's the deal with re-reading? Consider: how often do you re-watch your favorite movie or re-listen to a favorite album, a favorite song? I asked this question on Facebook, and the responses surprised me. "10 times" was one of the lower responses. And I could not believe how many people said "over 100 times". Nobody even thought it was a weird question. We expect to revisit our favorite stories again and again. So what's the deal with revisiting our favorite stories, movies, songs, and books? There's more here than meets the eye, so let's dig in. Reward #1: Books become lifelong companions I bet we can all agree on this: we want books to become some of our children's lifelong companions. I want my kids to see the Laura Ingalls Wilder books or The Chronicles of Narnia or S.D. Smith's Green Ember books on a bookshelf 20 years from now and feel like they're bumping into old friends. I want them to remember who they are and remember where they came from when they see those book covers. But friendship isn't instantaneous. Friendship takes time. You wouldn't feel like someone you had a single conversation with at a coffee shop was one of your closest friends or life companions, right? Relationships with books and with book characters take time as well. If we want books to become our children's lifelong companions, then they need to spend some quality time with those characters and those stories. They do that by re-reading. Reward #2: Better retention of knowledge & vocabulary A recent study found that children are more likely to retain knowledge of new vocabulary if they're exposed to words through repeatedly reading the same book than if they're encountering those new words in different books. New knowledge and better vocabulary are two academic gains all kids get from reading, even on a first-go-round. Re-read that book, and the retention of vocabulary goes up. This is really good news for anyone with kids who like the same book to be read...
October 28, 2019
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 .
October 15, 2019
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%; ...
October 1, 2019
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; } .
September 17, 2019
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
September 3, 2019
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?
August 19, 2019
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 […]
August 6, 2019
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 […]
July 22, 2019
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 […]
July 8, 2019
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 […]
June 24, 2019
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 […]
June 10, 2019
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 […]
May 27, 2019
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 […]
May 6, 2019
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 […]
April 23, 2019
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 […]
April 8, 2019
You want your kids to read because they *love* to, not just because they *have* to. Here's how to make that happen...
March 25, 2019
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 […]
March 12, 2019
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 […]
February 25, 2019
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 […]
February 12, 2019
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 […]
January 29, 2019
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 […]
January 23, 2019
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 […]
January 15, 2019
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 […]
January 8, 2019
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 […]
December 31, 2018
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 […]
December 17, 2018
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 […]
November 27, 2018
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 […]
November 20, 2018
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 […]
November 13, 2018
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 […]
November 11, 2018
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 […]
November 6, 2018
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 […]
October 30, 2018
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 […]
October 20, 2018
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 […]
October 13, 2018
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 […]
October 9, 2018
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 […]
October 2, 2018
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 […]
August 28, 2018
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 […]
August 21, 2018
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 […]
August 14, 2018
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 […]
August 8, 2018
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 […]
July 29, 2018
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 […]
July 17, 2018
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 […]
July 14, 2018
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 […]
July 9, 2018
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 […]
May 30, 2018
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 […]
May 14, 2018
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 […]
April 30, 2018
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 […]
April 23, 2018
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 […]
April 16, 2018
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 […]
April 9, 2018
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 […]
April 2, 2018
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 […]
March 21, 2018
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 […]
March 19, 2018
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 […]
March 13, 2018
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 […]
March 4, 2018
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 […]
February 26, 2018
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 […]
February 21, 2018
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 […]
February 12, 2018
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 […]
February 6, 2018
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, […]
January 29, 2018
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 […]
January 23, 2018
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 […]
January 15, 2018
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 […]
January 8, 2018
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 […]
December 30, 2017
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 […]
December 11, 2017
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 […]
November 28, 2017
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: […]
November 21, 2017
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 […]
November 13, 2017
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 […]
November 6, 2017
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 […]
October 30, 2017
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, […]
October 23, 2017
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– […]
October 16, 2017
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 […]
October 9, 2017
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 […]
September 27, 2017
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 […]
September 25, 2017
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 […]
September 13, 2017
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 […]
September 11, 2017
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 […]
September 4, 2017
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 […]
August 28, 2017
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 […]
August 21, 2017
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 […]
August 14, 2017
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 […]
August 7, 2017
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 […]
July 31, 2017
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, […]
July 10, 2017
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, […]
May 7, 2017
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 […]
April 24, 2017
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 […]
April 10, 2017
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 […]
March 27, 2017
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 […]
March 12, 2017
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 […]
February 27, 2017
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 […]
February 14, 2017
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 […]
January 31, 2017
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 […]
January 24, 2017
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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