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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.
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In today's episode, I'm answering your questions - from reading to separate age groups and how to make time for that (!), to what to do if summer reading programs make your kids want to read LESS... In this episode, you'll hear: when summer reading programs aren't usefulhow to handle a drop in comprehension when kids start reading longer booksideas for easy chapter bookshow to make time for reading aloud when your kids want to be outside all dayfavorite fairy-tale-esque book recommendationsreading aloud to different age groups Listener Guide: 2:25When reading challenges become a battle5:46A drop in comprehension with longer books9:31Easy chapter book ideas13:42Reading aloud during warmer weather months17:57Fairy tale-esque book suggestions22:27Reading aloud to different age groups27:47Library's Most Wanted32:31Beyond books - Imagination36:10Let the Kids Speak Quotes to remember: "Our goal is to launch our kids into their adult lives as avid readers, as humans who love to read." - Sarah Mackenzie "Encountering these issues in books, where you can talk through them and discuss them with your kids, can really be a great gateway of sorts, a way to have conversations about hard topics with our kids in a safe way." - Sarah Mackenzie "Without imagination, our kids won't be able to love reading stories, and they need imagination to sustain that mental theater constructed of words and characters. " - Carolyn Leiloglou Links from this episode: January RAR 31-Day Read-Aloud ChallengeRAR #85: Reading Messy Books About Hard Topics with KidsRAR #41: Navigating Fantasy: A Guide for Christian Parents, Carolyn LeiloglouTo get a signed copy of Carolyn's book Library's Most Wanted: The TwigHouse Full of BookwormsCarolyn Leiloglou's Author site Books from this episode: The Heartwood Hotel seriesLindbergElmer and the DragonThe Dragons of BluelandThe Blue Fairy BookThe Red Fairy BookDragon Slippers TrilogyThe Wide-Awake PrincessUnlocking the SpellDragon's BreathNoah Green: Junior Zookeeper and the Garage Sale PetLibrary's Most Wanted Nothing Found You'll also enjoy: Keeping up with advanced readersReading aloud as an obstinate act of loveWhy read picture books with older kids?
We know that we want our kids to love to read. And it's important (really important!) to give them the best chance fall in love with books. That's why so many of us get worried when we have a child who doesn't love reading. It's a valid worry. What can be done about it? On today's episode of the podcast, I share ideas for what to do when your child doesn't love reading. We can't exactly make our kids into readers, but we can give them the best chance possible that they'll become readers for life. And it's a lot of fun to do so! In this episode of the podcast, I'm sharing simple tips to help your kids become voracious readers, and why the single most important part of your child's school day is free, voluntary reading. In this episode, you'll hear: Why free, voluntary reading is the power player in your child's reading lifeThoughts from experts in the field on building lifelong readersHow to help our kids choose books they'll love I also answer a listener question about what to do if your child is intimidated by lots of words on the page. Click the play button below to start listening: Listener Guide: 1:13Simple steps to raise voracious readers3:01Q&A: When kids are intimidated by text-heavy books6:11Reading with the ear9:16Why we want our kids to love reading12:17 Some books are ... boring14:09Finding the right jelly bean15:46When one child loves to read and their sibling doesn't18:07Not just for school21:17Free, voluntary reading 24:11Schedule time, not titles27:04Reading below reading level28:46The Book Whisperer's advice33:16Let the Kids Speak Quotes to remember: "No single literacy activity has a more positive effect on comprehension, vocabulary, spelling, writing ability, or overall academic achievement than free voluntary reading." Stephen D. Krashen, The Power of Reading "My credibility with students and the reason they trust me when I recommend books to them stems from the fact that I read every day of my life and that I talk about reading constantly. I am not mandating an activity for them to do that I'm not doing myself. I do not promote reading to my students because it is good for them or because it is required for school success. I advocate reading because it is enjoyable and enriching." Donalyn Miller, The Book Whisperer Links from this episode: RAR PremiumWOW - Writers on WritingMiranda PaulMaryrose WoodRAR #59: Books to Make the Whole Family Howl, Maryrose WoodRAR #137: Why Your Kids Love Graphic Novels (and which we like best)Kindle PaperwhiteRAR #43: Raising Kids Who Read, Daniel WillinghamFor the QUIZ, next QUIZ to 33777RAR #64: Helping Resistant Readers Fall in Love with Books, Laura MartinRAR #141: Why Re-Reading is Possibly the Best ReadingRAR #145: The Importance of Reading at Whim and Developing Your Own Taste, Alan Jacobs Books from this episode: The Power of Reading Nothing Found You'll also enjoy: Finishing the school year doesn't need to be a slogHow to choose books for your kidsIf you want your kids to love reading, try this
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
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
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: More free resources & booklists Get the best episodes and reources from the Read-Aloud Revival Keep an eye on your inbox! We'll keep you posted whenever we have a new podcast episode or a great free booklist or resource for you. There was an error submitting your subscription. Please try again. Email Address I'd like to receive the free email course. Yes! 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; } ...
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: More free resources & booklists Get the best episodes and reources from the Read-Aloud Revival Keep an eye on your inbox! We'll keep you posted whenever we have a new podcast episode or a great free booklist or resource for you. There was an error submitting your subscription. Please try again. Email Address I'd like to receive the free email course. Yes! 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;...
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: More free resources & booklists Get the best episodes and reources from the Read-Aloud Revival Keep an eye on your inbox! We'll keep you posted whenever we have a new podcast episode or a great free booklist or resource for you. There was an error submitting your subscription. Please try again. Email Address I'd like to receive the free email course. Yes! 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; } .
I've got a brand new episode of the Read-Aloud Revival podcast for you, and it's a good one. In this episode, you'll hear: Which 3 books I'd bring with me to a desert island 🏝 (it was torture to answer this listener question!)Whether or not we use reading curriculum at our house 🤓 (and what I recommend)The skinny on what we're reading aloud this spring at RAR (our book choices are just 😍-- scroll down to see what I mean) Click the play button below to start listening: More free resources & booklists Get the best episodes and reources from the Read-Aloud Revival Keep an eye on your inbox! We'll keep you posted whenever we have a new podcast episode or a great free booklist or resource for you. There was an error submitting your subscription. Please try again. Email Address I'd like to receive the free email course. Yes! Powered by ConvertKit /* Layout */ .ck_form.ck_minimal { /* divider image */ background: #f9f9f9; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; line-height: 1.5em; overflow: hidden; color: #666; font-size: 16px; border: solid 1px #d1d1d1; -webkit-box-shadow: none; -moz-box-shadow: none; box-shadow: none; clear: both; margin: 20px 0px; text-align: center; } .ck_form.ck_minimal h3.ck_form_title { text-align: center; margin: 0px 0px 10px; font-size: 28px; } .ck_form.ck_minimal h4 { text-align: center; font-family: 'Open Sans', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; text-transform: uppercase; font-size: 18px; font-weight: normal; padding-top: 0px; margin-top: 0px; } .ck_form.ck_minimal p { padding: 0px; } .ck_form, .ck_form * { -webkit-box-sizing: border-box; -moz-box-sizing: border-box; box-sizing: border-box; } .ck_form.ck_minimal .ck_form_fields { width: 100%; float: left; padding: 5%; } /* Form fields */ .ck_errorArea { display: none; /* temporary */ } #ck_success_msg { padding: 10px 10px 0px; border: solid 1px #ddd; background: #eee; } .ck_form.ck_minimal input[type="text"], .ck_form.ck_minimal input[type="email"] { font-size: 18px; padding: 10px 8px; width: 68%; border: 1px solid #d6d6d6; /* stroke */ -moz-border-radius: 3px; -webkit-border-radius: 3px; border-radius: 3px; /* border radius */ background-color: #fff; /* layer fill content */ margin-bottom: 5px; height: auto; float: left; margin: 0px; margin-right: 2%; height: 42px; } .ck_form input[type="text"]:focus, .ck_form input[type="email"]:focus { outline: none; border-color: #aaa; } .ck_form.ck_minimal .ck_subscribe_button { width: 100%; color: #fff; margin: 0px; padding: 11px 0px; font-size: 18px; background: #6fc171; -moz-border-radius: 3px; -webkit-border-radius: 3px; border-radius: 3px; /* border radius */ cursor: pointer; border: none; text-shadow: none; width: 30%; float: left; height: 42px; } .ck_form.ck_minimal .ck_guarantee { color: #626262; font-size: 12px; text-align: center; padding: 15px 0px 0px; display: block; clear: both; } .ck_form .ck_powered_by { display: block; color: #aaa; font-size: 12px; } .ck_form .ck_powered_by:hover { display: block; color: #444; } .ck_converted_content { display: none; padding: 5%; background: #fff; } .ck_form.ck_minimal.width400 .ck_subscribe_button, .ck_form.ck_minimal.width400 input[type="email"] { width: 100%; float: none; margin-top: 5px; } .ck_slide_up, .ck_modal, .ck_slide_up .ck_minimal, .ck_modal .ck_minimal { min-width: 400px; } .page .ck_form.ck_minimal { margin: 50px auto; max-width: 600px; } Listener Guide Use the time stamps below to skip to any part of the podcast:
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. In this episode, you'll hear: 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? More free resources & booklists Get the best episodes and reources from the Read-Aloud Revival Keep an eye on your inbox! We'll keep you posted whenever we have a new podcast episode or a great free booklist or resource for you. There was an error submitting your subscription. Please try again. Email Address I'd like to receive the free email course. Yes! 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, .
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, you'll hear: 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!) More free resources & booklists Get the best episodes and reources from the Read-Aloud Revival Keep an eye on your inbox! We'll keep you posted whenever we have a new podcast episode or a great free booklist or resource for you. There was an error submitting your subscription. Please try again. Email Address I'd like to receive the free email course. Yes! 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 .
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!
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. In this episode, you'll hear: 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 ... More free resources & booklists Get the best episodes and reources from the Read-Aloud Revival Keep an eye on your inbox! We'll keep you posted whenever we have a new podcast episode or a great free booklist or resource for you. There was an error submitting your subscription. Please try again. Email Address I'd like to receive the free email course. Yes! 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;...
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 Click the play button below: How does it work? Request a packet by popping your email in below.Print a tracker for each of your kids.Choose a reward for winning the Challenge. Register for FREE Enter your email and you'll get your31-Day Read-Aloud Challenge Packet right away(ahora se ofrecen tanto en inglés como en español) Great! We'll keep you posted on our next Reading Challenge. There was an error submitting your subscription. Please try again. Email Address Sign me up! Powered by ConvertKit /* Layout */ .ck_form.ck_minimal { /* divider image */ background: #f9f9f9; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; line-height: 1.5em; overflow: hidden; color: #363636; font-size: 16px; border: solid 1px #d1d1d1; -webkit-box-shadow: none; -moz-box-shadow: none; box-shadow: none; clear: both; margin: 20px 0px; text-align: center; } .ck_form.ck_minimal h3.ck_form_title { text-align: center; margin: 0px 0px 10px; font-size: 28px; } .ck_form.ck_minimal h4 { text-align: center; font-family: 'Open Sans', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; text-transform: uppercase; font-size: 18px; font-weight: normal; padding-top: 0px; margin-top: 0px; } .ck_form.ck_minimal p { padding: 0px; } .ck_form, .ck_form * { -webkit-box-sizing: border-box; -moz-box-sizing: border-box; box-sizing: border-box; } .ck_form.ck_minimal .ck_form_fields { width: 100%; float: left; padding: 5%; } /* Form fields */ .ck_errorArea { display: none; /* temporary */ } #ck_success_msg { padding: 10px 10px 0px; border: solid 1px #ddd; background: #eee; } .ck_form.ck_minimal input[type="text"], .ck_form.ck_minimal input[type="email"] { font-size: 18px; padding: 10px 8px; width: 68%; border: 1px solid #d6d6d6; /* stroke */ -moz-border-radius: 3px; -webkit-border-radius: 3px; border-radius: 3px; /* border radius */ background-color: #fff; /* layer fill content */ margin-bottom: 5px; height: auto; float: left; margin: 0px; margin-right: 2%; height: 42px; } .ck_form input[type="text"]:focus, .ck_form input[type="email"]:focus { outline: none; border-color: #aaa; } .ck_form.ck_minimal .ck_subscribe_button { width: 100%; color: #fff; margin: 0px; padding: 11px 0px; font-size: 18px; background: #6fc171; -moz-border-radius: 3px; -webkit-border-radius: 3px; border-radius: 3px; /* border radius */ cursor: pointer; border: none; text-shadow: none; width: 30%; float: left; height: 42px; } .ck_form.ck_minimal .ck_guarantee { color: #626262; font-size: 12px; text-align: center; padding: 15px 0px 0px; display: block; clear: both; } .ck_form .ck_powered_by { display: block; color: #aaa; font-size: 12px; } .ck_form .ck_powered_by:hover { display: block; color: #444; } .ck_converted_content { display: none; padding: 5%; background: #fff; } .ck_form.ck_minimal.width400 .ck_subscribe_button, .ck_form.ck_minimal.width400 input[type="email"] { width: 100%; float: none; margin-top: 5px; } .ck_slide_up, .ck_modal, .ck_slide_up .ck_minimal, .ck_modal .ck_minimal { min-width: 400px; } .page .ck_form.ck_minimal { margin: 50px auto; max-width: 600px; } Everything you need to know is inside that packet. What if my kids can't read yet? They can join in too! Kids who aren’t reading fluently (or at all) can still take part.
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). In this episode, 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 More free resources & booklists Get the best episodes and reources from the Read-Aloud Revival Keep an eye on your inbox! We'll keep you posted whenever we have a new podcast episode or a great free booklist or resource for you. There was an error submitting your subscription. Please try again. Email Address I'd like to receive the free email course. Yes! 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 .
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! 😍 Click the play button below: With thousands of happy members inside RAR Premium, we’ve heard a lot of great stories about how their kids are falling in love with books, and how moms like you are falling in love with homeschooling. This note from Amber is one of my favorites: "I think the biggest and most surprising difference from joining RAR Premium is actually in my husband. He is so connected to what the kids and I are doing now, and he wants to watch the Author Events and be a part of the Family Book Clubs. I regret waiting so long to join." And here's another one from Sara: "Before we joined, I wondered if we’d use it all that much because my kids were just 6 and 2. I wish I would have jumped in sooner! The master classes are the best thing I have ever done for my homeschool. Just try it! You really have nothing to lose, but a world of goodness to gain." And the clincher is this one from Kameron: "Membership here is worth more than I pay for curriculum for a year. I promise you will not regret it." Good stuff, right? Your kids can fall in love with books, and you can fall in love with homeschooling. Join us in RAR Premium.​ We’re waiting for you! Get RAR Premium Each season in RAR Premium, we read 1 novel and 3 picture books as part of our Family Book Club. We choose books with kids of all ages in mind, because we believe that families connect best when they read together. 💚 Here's what's up next in our Family Book Club: Premium Members also get a Family Book Club Guide to go with each of these, and we always wrap up by live streaming the author or illustrator of that book, so your kids can ask their own questions. There's just nothing else like it. … but actually, RAR Premium isn't just for your kids. In fact, most of our members would probably tell you that the person who gets the most from being a member is Mama herself! 😎 That's because we offer regular Master Classes that help you teach from rest and lead with confidence in your homeschool. There's a whole library of Master Classes available to you (it's a huge library!) when you join RAR Premium. You can see the list of what's included in the library right here. (We hear often that a single one of these classes is worth the price of membership… and we've got a whole library of them for you to watch at anytime!) Brand new this coming January, however, is something a little extra special. Circle with Sarah are our upcoming monthly coaching sessions to help you teach from rest, get to the things that matter most in your homeschool, and best of all... ...help you fall in love with your homeschooling life. If you want to make reading aloud the very best part of your upcoming school year, we are your people and RAR Premium is your place. Come join us! You’ll find out why our members say things like this… Get RAR Premium Listener Guide Use the time stamps below to skip to any part of the podcast: 1:40Your place and your people2:25When kids want to read ahead in your read-aloud5:20How many read-alouds is too many?8:11What we're reading this winter9:50 Meet the authors and illustrators!11:22Christmas magic13:04A perfect picture book15:29Little House17:52Renee Graef is coming to RAR19:03Painting with Nana!20:18 Circle with Sarah22:11'Knocking over dominoes'23:37Let the Kids Speak Links mentioned in today's show:
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. In this episode, you'll hear: 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!) Click the play button below: 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 over and over and over again. Pro Tip: Generally speaking, you'll find the best, most beautiful language in picture books. Picture books tend to be crammed with beautiful language (yes, even more than novels), so when in doubt, grab a picture book and read it as many times as your kids will listen! Reward #3: Improved fluency & comprehension What we really mean by fluency is this: how accurately your child can read a text with the correct expression while also understanding what he/she is reading. This is probably obvious, but the more often you read a picture book, the better you get at reading aloud that picture book. You know this is true. If you've read a picture book a number of times, you know where to slow down, where to speed up, where to pause. It's familiar territory. It's like walking a well-worn path instead of blazing a new trail.
Poetry is beautiful, captivating and (for a lot of us) a little intimidating, right? Our goal with this episode is to show you how simple and delightful sharing poetry with your kids can be. My guest today says we can't force poetry, but we can share it naturally... and that just might be the key to helping our kids develop a lifelong love. If you want to help your kids fall in love with beautiful language, there's no better (or simpler) way to start than with a poem. Don't miss our booklist of favorite poetry to read aloud—it's a good one! Scroll down to see the clickable list's book covers, or pop your email in below to get the printable version. Get the printable booklist FAVORITE POETRY Great! Check your email in a few minutes-- your printable booklist is on the way. There was an error submitting your subscription. Please try again. Email Address I'd like to receive the free email course. Send it to me! Powered by ConvertKit /* Layout */ .ck_form.ck_minimal { /* divider image */ background: #f9f9f9; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; line-height: 1.5em; overflow: hidden; color: #666; font-size: 16px; border: solid 1px #d1d1d1; -webkit-box-shadow: none; -moz-box-shadow: none; box-shadow: none; clear: both; margin: 20px 0px; text-align: center; } .ck_form.ck_minimal h3.ck_form_title { text-align: center; margin: 0px 0px 10px; font-size: 28px; } .ck_form.ck_minimal h4 { text-align: center; font-family: 'Open Sans', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; text-transform: uppercase; font-size: 18px; font-weight: normal; padding-top: 0px; margin-top: 0px; } .ck_form.ck_minimal p { padding: 0px; } .ck_form, .ck_form * { -webkit-box-sizing: border-box; -moz-box-sizing: border-box; box-sizing: border-box; } .ck_form.ck_minimal .ck_form_fields { width: 100%; float: left; padding: 5%; } /* Form fields */ .ck_errorArea { display: none; /* temporary */ } #ck_success_msg { padding: 10px 10px 0px; border: solid 1px #ddd; background: #eee; } .ck_form.ck_minimal input[type="text"], .ck_form.ck_minimal input[type="email"] { font-size: 18px; padding: 10px 8px; width: 68%; border: 1px solid #d6d6d6; /* stroke */ -moz-border-radius: 3px; -webkit-border-radius: 3px; border-radius: 3px; /* border radius */ background-color: #fff; /* layer fill content */ margin-bottom: 5px; height: auto; float: left; margin: 0px; margin-right: 2%; height: 42px; } .ck_form input[type="text"]:focus, .ck_form input[type="email"]:focus { outline: none; border-color: #aaa; } .ck_form.ck_minimal .ck_subscribe_button { width: 100%; color: #fff; margin: 0px; padding: 11px 0px; font-size: 18px; background: #6fc171; -moz-border-radius: 3px; -webkit-border-radius: 3px; border-radius: 3px; /* border radius */ cursor: pointer; border: none; text-shadow: none; width: 30%; float: left; height: 42px; } .ck_form.ck_minimal .ck_guarantee { color: #626262; font-size: 12px; text-align: center; padding: 15px 0px 0px; display: block; clear: both; } .ck_form .ck_powered_by { display: block; color: #aaa; font-size: 12px; } .ck_form .ck_powered_by:hover { display: block; color: #444; } .ck_converted_content { display: none; padding: 5%; background: #fff; } .ck_form.ck_minimal.width400 .ck_subscribe_button, .ck_form.ck_minimal.width400 input[type="email"] { width: 100%; float: none; margin-top: 5px; } .ck_slide_up, .ck_modal, .ck_slide_up .ck_minimal, .ck_modal .ck_minimal { min-width: 400px; } .page .ck_form.ck_minimal { margin: 50px auto; max-width: 600px; } In this episode, you'll hear:
Is there a better way to nurture 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. In this episode, 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. More free resources & booklists Get the best episodes and reources from the Read-Aloud Revival Keep an eye on your inbox! We'll keep you posted whenever we have a new podcast episode or a great free booklist or resource for you. There was an error submitting your subscription. Please try again. Email Address I'd like to receive the free email course. Yes! 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.
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. In this episode, you'll hear: 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 More free resources & booklists Get the best episodes and reources from the Read-Aloud Revival Keep an eye on your inbox! We'll keep you posted whenever we have a new podcast episode or a great free booklist or resource for you. There was an error submitting your subscription. Please try again. Email Address I'd like to receive the free email course. Yes! Powered by ConvertKit /* Layout */ .ck_form.ck_minimal { /* divider image */ background: #f9f9f9; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; line-height: 1.5em; overflow: hidden; color: #666; font-size: 16px; border: solid 1px #d1d1d1; -webkit-box-shadow: none; -moz-box-shadow: none; box-shadow: none; clear: both; margin: 20px 0px; text-align: center; } .ck_form.ck_minimal h3.ck_form_title { text-align: center; margin: 0px 0px 10px; font-size: 28px; } .ck_form.ck_minimal h4 { text-align: center; font-family: 'Open Sans', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; text-transform: uppercase; font-size: 18px; font-weight: normal; padding-top: 0px; margin-top: 0px; } .ck_form.ck_minimal p { padding: 0px; } .ck_form, .ck_form * { -webkit-box-sizing: border-box; -moz-box-sizing: border-box; box-sizing: border-box; } .ck_form.ck_minimal .ck_form_fields { width: 100%; float: left; padding: 5%; } /* Form fields */ .ck_errorArea { display: none; /* temporary */ } #ck_success_msg { padding: 10px 10px 0px; border: solid 1px #ddd; background: #eee; } .ck_form.ck_minimal input[type="text"], .ck_form.ck_minimal input[type="email"] { font-size: 18px; padding: 10px 8px; width: 68%; border: 1px solid #d6d6d6; /* stroke */ -moz-border-radius: 3px; -webkit-border-radius: 3px; border-radius: 3px; /* border radius */ background-color: #fff; /* layer fill content */ margin-bottom: 5px; height: auto; float: left; margin: 0px; margin-right: 2%; height: 42px; } .ck_form input[type="text"]:focus, .ck_form input[type="email"]:focus { outline: none; border-color: #aaa; } .ck_form.ck_minimal .ck_subscribe_button { width: 100%; color: #fff; margin: 0px; padding: 11px 0px; font-size: 18px; background: #6fc171; -moz-border-radius: 3px; -webkit-border-radius: 3px; border-radius: 3px; /* border radius */ cursor: pointer; border: none; text-shadow: none; width: 30%; float: left; height: 42px; } .ck_form.ck_minimal .ck_guarantee { color: #626262; font-size: 12px; text-align: center; padding: 15px 0px 0px; display: block; clear: both; } .ck_form .ck_powered_by { display: block; color: #aaa; font-size: 12px; } .ck_form .ck_powered_by:hover { display: block; color: #444; } .ck_converted_content { display: none; padding: 5%; background: #fff; } .ck_form.ck_minimal.width400 .ck_subscribe_button, .ck_form.ck_minimal.width400 input[type="email"] { width: 100%; float: none; margin-top: 5px; } .ck_slide_up, .ck_modal, .ck_slide_up .ck_minimal, .ck_modal .ck_minimal { min-width: 400px; } .page .ck_form.ck_minimal { margin: 50px auto; max-width: 600p...
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? In this episode, you'll hear: 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
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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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