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Have you ever asked yourself, “Am I doing enough?” I think we’ve all asked that question. If you’re homeschooling your kids, you might ask it every single day. It might even wake you up at night and feel like an elephant sitting on your chest. 🐘 Today, we’re going to talk about it. In this […] Visit Read-Aloud Revival ® with Sarah Mackenzie
It’s Victorian London in the late 1800’s… and it’s been five years since the Sweep disappeared. Orphaned and alone, Nan Sparrow has no other choice but to work for a ruthless chimney sweep named Wilkie Crudd. She spends her days doing dangerous work–sweeping out chimneys. The job is thankless, but with her wits and will, […] Visit Read-Aloud Revival ® with Sarah Mackenzie
Have you ever REALLY worried about one of your kids? What should you do if you don’t feel like you read aloud well? What’s the point of poetry memorization? What would you tell a mom who is confused about all the different homeschooling philosophies and methods? How do I know that I’m doing enough? What […] Visit Read-Aloud Revival ® with Sarah Mackenzie
Last time on the Read-Aloud Revival, I told you about the inspiration for the creation of Waxwing Books and our first book,  A Little More Beautiful: The Story of a Garden.  In this episode, I’ll take you on the rest of the adventure, from connecting with illustrator Breezy Brookshire to bringing on editor Michael Green, […] Visit Read-Aloud Revival ® with Sarah Mackenzie
Pre-orders are Open!

Pre-orders are Open!

2022-08-1001:49

It’s time! It’s time! It’s time! 🥳 We are SO excited to open pre-orders for our first release at Waxwing Books.  It’s a story about seeing and being seen for readers who love Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney or The Library by Sarah Stewart and David Small. Every book comes with an audiobook, narrated by me and including those page […] Visit Read-Aloud Revival ® with Sarah Mackenzie
Way back in August 2018, I was fortunate to spend a morning with the author of The Penderwicks, Jeanne Birdsall. It was a glorious morning, truly, and something surprising came of it. A little idea popped into my head, and it just sort of… rooted itself. Actually… the idea that popped into my head didn’t […] Visit Read-Aloud Revival ® with Sarah Mackenzie
When I ask experienced homeschool parents what they wish they had done more often or focused more on, they never–not ever–say anything academic. Nope. Reminiscing homeschool parents tell me something else entirely. And do you know what they say? Relationships. They always, always talk about something related to the relationships nurtured during their homeschooling years. […] Visit Read-Aloud Revival ® with Sarah Mackenzie
Here at Read-Aloud Revival, we’re in the thick of getting a huge project together for you. We are launching our own publishing imprint, Waxwing Books. Our first release is a picture book, written by me, and illustrated by none other than the gorgeously talented artist, Breezy Brookshire. It’s called A Little More Beautiful: The Story of a […] Visit Read-Aloud Revival ® with Sarah Mackenzie
What’s coming next?

What’s coming next?

2022-07-1901:22:00

Last week, we held an RAR Premium Preview on Zoom. The Preview is our (very fun 😆) announcement of what’s coming next. I’m so glad so many of you were able to join us! For those who missed it, you can watch the replay or listen to it as a podcast below: Would you rather […] Visit Read-Aloud Revival ® with Sarah Mackenzie
Here at Read-Aloud Revival, we’re in the thick of getting a huge project together for you. We are launching our own publishing imprint, Waxwing Books. Our first release is a picture book, written by me, and illustrated by none other than the gorgeously talented artist, Breezy Brookshire. It’s called A Little More Beautiful: The Story […] Visit Read-Aloud Revival ® with Sarah Mackenzie
Early on, pretty much everyone in my world told me we were making a huge mistake in homeschooling. It was weird, it was unknown to them, and of course, we are afraid of things that are weird and unknown. I actually didn’t know anyone in my personal life who was homeschooling. I read some blogs […] Visit Read-Aloud Revival ® with Sarah Mackenzie
Summer is almost here. And probably, you have things you’d like to do this season. Maybe lots of things! (Perhaps … too many things? 😬) Not to fear! In this episode, the RAR Leadership Team is back to share an easy tool for determining your direction this summer. In this episode, you’ll hear: how setting […] Visit Read-Aloud Revival ® with Sarah Mackenzie
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
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Michelle B

Nearly a year later & I still think about & tell people about this idea. Kudos to the people who came up with the classroom book a day & kudos to Sarah for promoting it! It's a great practice & reminder for teachers, families, & anyone who thinks picture books are just for little kids.

Jul 7th
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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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