YMB #49 The Read Aloud Family: A Conversation with Sarah Mackenzie

Sarah Mackenzie is on a mission — a mission to help every family know that the importance of reading aloud goes beyond building bigger test scores and better vocabularies. The importance of reading aloud goes to the very heart of the relationships in your home.

Join Pam and Sarah on the podcast as they chat why this is even more relevant to our culture today than it was 20 years ago, practical tips on how to get it done (even with a bunch) of kids, and the books that Sarah and Pam can never agree to like. The gloves are coming off on this episode — don’t miss it.

Links and resources from today’s show:

The Read-Aloud Family: Making Meaningful and Lasting Connections with Your KidsPinThe Read-Aloud Family: Making Meaningful and Lasting Connections with Your KidsTeaching from Rest: A Homeschooler's Guide to Unshakable PeacePinTeaching from Rest: A Homeschooler’s Guide to Unshakable PeaceRed Scarf GirlPinRed Scarf GirlLlama Llama Red PajamaPinLlama Llama Red PajamaTo Kill a MockingbirdPinTo Kill a MockingbirdThe Little House SetPinThe Little House SetPlay-DohPinPlay-DohOld YellerPinOld YellerBridge to TerabithiaPinBridge to TerabithiaWhere the Red Fern GrowsPinWhere the Red Fern GrowsCharlotte's WebPinCharlotte’s WebThe Lion, the Witch and the WardrobePinThe Lion, the Witch and the WardrobeThe Hobbit and the Lord of the RingsPinThe Hobbit and the Lord of the RingsMark Twain: Five NovelsPinMark Twain: Five NovelsA Christmas CarolPinA Christmas CarolPeter Pan - AudiblePinPeter Pan – AudibleBook DartsPinBook DartsThe Vanderbeekers of 141st StreetPinThe Vanderbeekers of 141st StreetPride and PrejudicePinPride and PrejudiceThe Scarlet LetterPinThe Scarlet LetterThe Space TrilogyPinThe Space TrilogyAdam of the RoadPinAdam of the RoadFever 1793PinFever 1793The Seven Silly EatersPinThe Seven Silly EatersThe Bark of the Bog Owl (Wilderking Trilogy)PinThe Bark of the Bog Owl (Wilderking Trilogy)The Way of the Wilderking (Wilderking Trilogy)PinThe Way of the Wilderking (Wilderking Trilogy)The Secret of the Swamp King (Wilderking Trilogy)PinThe Secret of the Swamp King (Wilderking Trilogy)The Goose GirlPinThe Goose GirlPrincess AcademyPinPrincess Academy


Key Ideas about Reading Aloud

Reading aloud to our children is one of the most important things we can do for them. It helps them academically and it helps us to develop deep, meaningful relationships as a family. When thinking about the impact of reading aloud to our kids, we have to take the long view and recognize that consistency is what is really going to make the difference.

Reading books is a safe way to open up conversations for difficult topics with our kids.

Using a trusted booklist is a great way to train yourself to choose great books. But, when you are trying to decide if a book is worth reading and you are not familiar with it you should look at these three things. First, see if the images in the book are engaging you for longer than necessary. Secondly, look for rich vocabulary as you flip through and read a few passages of the book. And thirdly, ask yourself if you want to know the outcome of the story. If all three of those have piqued your interest, it’s probably a great book to try.

Good books have two things in common. They leave you with a sense of hope and they are enjoyed by a wide age range

Find what you want to hear:

  • [3:23] meet Sarah
  • [4:24] why reading aloud is so important
  • [13:35] Sarah’s lessons from reading aloud
  • [18:00] picture books and teens
  • [20:40] Sarah’s three tips for choosing good books
  • [24:30] two things that make a book a keeper
  • [26:45] what makes a book a good read aloud book.
  • [30:10] having conversations about books with kids
  • [35:50] prereading books for our kids
  • [37:35] making book choices harder than necessary
  • [47:00] book suggestions from Sarah

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