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When I was a kid, I read voraciously. I could lose myself for hours in stacks and stacks of books. The reading wasn’t that high quality, mind you. I could usually be found reading The Babysitter’s Club or a Christian historical romance, though I also loved Roald Dahl and Lois Lowry (anyone else remember the […] Visit Read-Aloud Revival ® with Sarah Mackenzie
Do you want to teach your kids Shakespeare? Do you want to them to carry a love for The Bard in their hearts, and remember passages from the most famous plays ever written? Maybe your answer is YES! BUT … Shakespeare seems overwhelming. And adding it feels stressful. So today, RAR Community Director Kortney Garrison […] Visit Read-Aloud Revival ® with Sarah Mackenzie
When Mandy called in to ask about her daughter, who likes to be read to, but doesn’t really enjoy reading herself, I was all ears. If you can relate, consider: when your child was 2, 3, 4 … did he/she like being read to? Most small children LOVE being read to. They climb right into […] Visit Read-Aloud Revival ® with Sarah Mackenzie
We get many questions about how I organize books in my home library, and today we’re talking all about it. I’m going to break down my system and hopefully help spark ideas for how to best organize books at your house. Here’s the thing: Your home library should serve your family’s reading life. And that […] Visit Read-Aloud Revival ® with Sarah Mackenzie
Do your kids read for fun in high school? According to Dr. Daniel Willingham in Raising Kids Who Read, the average high schooler reads 6 minutes per day for pleasure. What that really means, he explains, is that a few kids read for pleasure quite a lot… and most don’t read for pleasure at all. […] Visit Read-Aloud Revival ® with Sarah Mackenzie
If you have a child who struggles with sad stories…a child who gets really uncomfortable when bad things happen and wants you to stop reading (or wants to stop reading themselves)… then this episode is for you. And actually, it’s for them, too! In fact, it’s an episode you might like to listen to with […] Visit Read-Aloud Revival ® with Sarah Mackenzie
Are you or your kids feeling overwhelmed by a long book list? Today I’m sharing how reading fewer books (yup!) can help our kids love books more. Yep. We’re going to talk about reading fewer books. What could it mean for your kids’ reading lives (and yours too!), to focus on reading fewer books and […] Visit Read-Aloud Revival ® with Sarah Mackenzie
We’re just a little excited here at RAR this week. First, it’s our 200th episode! 🥳 And second, it’s March, which here in the northern hemisphere meets *melting*. It also means a new season, and it’s a great time to name what matters, and set some intentions for how we want to finish out this […] Visit Read-Aloud Revival ® with Sarah Mackenzie
Every year, our Read-Aloud Revival Team watches the American Library Association Youth Media Awards together. These are the official awards of ALA. Some you’ll recognize, like the Caldecott, the Newbery and the Coretta Scott King Awards. But others are not quite as well known … The ALA Youth Media Awards honor books that have been […] Visit Read-Aloud Revival ® with Sarah Mackenzie
“Which curriculum should I use?” It’s the question I get asked most often. I suspect there’s another layer just underneath the surface of that question. A layer that sounds a bit like, “I’m tired. I’m overwhelmed. I don’t want to screw this up. Can you just tell me which curriculum is the best, so I […] Visit Read-Aloud Revival ® with Sarah Mackenzie
If you’re reading this, I’m guessing you want to read more, but are struggling to do it as much as you’d like. It can be a real challenge to find time to read for pleasure in your already busy day. I get it! On today’s episode of the Read-Aloud Revival, I’m sharing all my best […] Visit Read-Aloud Revival ® with Sarah Mackenzie
Shouldn’t helping our kids love reading be the point of literature education? So why is it that most kids enjoy reading less and less, the further they get into their school years? And why do we insist on using literature curriculum when we know it doesn’t help our kids fall more in love with books? […] Visit Read-Aloud Revival ® with Sarah Mackenzie
Stressed about getting to all the books you want to read? Wondering how you can possibly read as many books as you’d like to with your kids? On today’s episode of the Read-Aloud Revival, I’m talking about that all-too-familiar feeling of “So many books, so little time!” If you’ve ever felt that way, this one […] Visit Read-Aloud Revival ® with Sarah Mackenzie
It feels very January right now, doesn’t it? And let’s be clear: that is not a compliment to the month of January. Ahem. Don’t worry if January feels hard for you too – it’s actually pretty normal. So today, I’m sharing a little gift with you . . . In this episode, you’ll hear: a […] Visit Read-Aloud Revival ® with Sarah Mackenzie
If your inbox is anything like mine, you might be experiencing a little “you-need-to-buy-this-for-Christmas” fatigue. I always like to remind myself that Christmas will come and the Baby King will be born, no matter what I buy or don’t. No matter what I get checked off on my merry-making list . . . . . […] Visit Read-Aloud Revival ® with Sarah Mackenzie
Sometimes, it can seem like the holiday season is over before we even had a chance to truly celebrate. And so this year, we’re wishing you a relaxing read-aloud Christmas, full of plenty of cocoa, warm blankets, and snuggles with your favorite people. If all of that sounds like a dream – we’ve got what […] Visit Read-Aloud Revival ® with Sarah Mackenzie
When my kids were young, I tried narration in my homeschool. But instead of working how it was supposed to, it made my oldest daughter freeze with panic. She actually started hating books she had previously loved. Read-aloud time became fraught. And the quality of her education suffered for it. In today’s episode, I’m diving […] Visit Read-Aloud Revival ® with Sarah Mackenzie
If you have a child with ADHD or dyslexia and want him/her to love reading, this episode is for you. I’m sharing tips and tricks to help kids with ADHD enjoy reading and read-alouds in this episode of The Read-Aloud Revival. You’ll hear… audiobooks: help or hindrance? what worked for one of Sarah’s dyslexic kids […] Visit Read-Aloud Revival ® with Sarah Mackenzie
Looking for my favorite stories about Christian saints and heroes? You’re in the right place! That’s what I’m talking about in today’s short episode of the Read-Aloud Revival. (Heads up, I’m Catholic, so a lot of these titles will be of special interest to Catholic listeners. 🥰) There are lots of wonderful stories of Christian […] Visit Read-Aloud Revival ® with Sarah Mackenzie
Many of us worry about how screen time impacts our kids’ reading life. So how do we manage screens in a way that still makes it likely our kids will love to read? That’s the question I’m answering in today’s short episode of the Read-Aloud Revival. You’ll hear… the case for helping kids engage with […] Visit Read-Aloud Revival ® with Sarah Mackenzie
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Walker

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Mar 15th
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Anika Enger

where in Mitten Strings did you read that quote from? thank you!

Dec 4th
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Elisabeth Bodey

This is soooo encouraging to me! I've even read the Read Aloud Family, but hearing Sarah read about her own experience makes it feel so much more real. 🤣 Lots of good reminders in here. I'm going to listen to the episode about what your kids can do during read aloud time next!

Oct 18th
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Fannie

His ending is spot on. This was such an interesting episode. He's a very wise and generous man.

Mar 17th
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Alisa Jones

I really liked everything he had to say about reading aloud but I really could have without the snide tone about public schools and teachers.

Jun 19th
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Hannah Zimmerman

I LOVE THIS!!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH! 💗

Mar 13th
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Danielle Evans

One of my favorite podcasts. I enjoy the guests and the book recommendations.

Nov 13th
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LLZIG

sooooo happy for my RAR fix!

Jul 10th
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Chris Kimmel

loved it

Aug 16th
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