Podcast

Read-Aloud Revival

It’s hard to connect with our kids in today’s busy, noisy world, but reading aloud gives us a chance to be fully present. We equip and inspire you to make meaningful and lasting connections with your kids through stories.

Episodes

  • RAR #126: Creating a Book Club Culture at Home (Part 2)

    Apr 08 2019

    This week I’m sharing the second part of a Read-Aloud Revival Premium Master Class all about helping our kids love books by treating their reading lives more like we treat our own. If you want something better than book reports or reading comprehension sheets for your kids, you’re in the right place. If you’re wondering whether you need to do literary analysis (and how to do it without killing your child’s love of the book), you’re in the right place. If y...more

  • RAR #125: Master Class, Creating a Book Club Culture at Home (part 1)

    Mar 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 past our bedtime. But we can do something better. We can invite our kids into a reading experience that will help them fall in love with books and become readers for life. Less like schoo...more

  • RAR #124: Camille Andros on Being a Mom AND a Writer

    Mar 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 and how she makes time to write how deceptively simple picture book writing appears, when it really isn’t so simple at all a positively serendipitous story about her travels in Greece&#...more

  • RAR #123: A Family Story for Easter, with Special Guest: Arnold Ytreeide

    Feb 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 of a terrible crime. It’s up to Amon to navigate the tension in his local community and clear his father’s name.  If you want to breathe some life into your fam...more

  • RAR #122: Picture Book Biographies We Love

    Feb 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. RAR Team L to R: Kara Anderson, Sarah Mackenzie, Kortney Garrison And of course, we don’t just give you the why… we also share dozens and dozens of excellent picture book biographies in this new booklist! What you’ll hear in this episo...more

  • RAR #121: Kate DiCamillo on Reading Aloud for Connection

    Jan 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 jump into the Great Conversation (“unwittingly”, as she says) that stories are smarter than their authors&...more

  • For Narnia and for Aslan! C.S. Lewis’s stepson, Douglas Gresham

    Jan 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 his stepfather Patti Callahan’s new book, Becoming Mrs. Lewis– what he thinks and about its accuracy Douglas Gresham’s mother became friends with C....more

  • RAR #120: Focus on What Matters Most (psst, that’s your relationships with your kids)

    Jan 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 3 simple ways to strengthen your relationships with your kids this year. Not one of these is complicated, cumbersome, or expensive. Because nurturing our relationships with o...more

  • Read with us: Snowflake Bentley

    Jan 08 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 book Talk about it Meet the author or illustrator The first 3 steps are the heart of family book culture. The 4th is an unforgettable way to seal the reading of a book in your child’s memory (and we do it...more

  • RAR #119: Delighting in Your Own Reading Life, with Anne Bogel

    Dec 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 to read something just for fun. This episode is just what you need! I’m chatting with Anne Bogel from Modern Mrs. Darcy, author of I’d Rather Be Reading. In this episode, you’ll hear: why it’s OK to p...more

  • Announcing the 2019 31-Day Read-Aloud Challenge

    Dec 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 […] Visit Read-Aloud Revival with Sarah Mackenzie

  • RAR #118: A’s to Your Q’s

    Nov 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 […] Visit Read-Aloud Revival with Sarah Mackenzie

  • RAR #117: Christmas Novels to Read Aloud with the Whole Family

    Nov 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 […] Visit Read-Aloud Revival with Sarah Mackenzie

  • RAR #116: Reading Aloud to Babies, Connection Parenting, and Getting Books into the Hands of Every Child

    Nov 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 […] Visit Read-Aloud Revival with Sarah Mackenzie

  • Audio Book Deals Not to Miss

    Nov 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 […] Visit Read-Aloud Revival with Sarah Mackenzie

  • RAR #115: Are you Making this Mistake When you Read Aloud With Your Kids?

    Nov 06 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 […] Visit Read-Aloud Revival with Sarah Mackenzie

  • RAR #114: Writing the Book You Needed as a Child, a conversation with Susan Tan

    Oct 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 […] Visit Read-Aloud Revival with Sarah Mackenzie

  • RAR #113: Why Reading Aloud to a Wide Range of Ages is Difficult (and How to Do It Without Losing Your Mind)

    Oct 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 […] Visit Read-Aloud Revival with Sarah Mackenzie

  • RAR #112: How an Audio Book is Made, with audio book narrator and producer, Lyssa Browne

    Oct 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 […] Visit Read-Aloud Revival with Sarah Mackenzie

  • RAR #111: When You’re Constantly Interrupted during Read-Alouds

    Oct 09 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 […] Visit Read-Aloud Revival with Sarah Mackenzie

  • RAR #110: S.D. Smith Live

    Oct 02 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 […] Visit Read-Aloud Revival with Sarah Mackenzie

  • RAR #109: How to Take Your Kids Around the World through Picture Books

    Aug 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 […] Visit Read-Aloud Revival with Sarah Mackenzie

  • RAR #108: Favorite Picture Books for Ancient History

    Aug 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 […] Visit Read-Aloud Revival with Sarah Mackenzie

  • RAR #107: Dr. Michael Gurian on The Minds of Girls

    Aug 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 […] Visit Read-Aloud Revival with Sarah Mackenzie

  • RAR #106: Connection, Community, and Confidence: What your homeschool needs this fall

    Aug 08 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 […] Visit Read-Aloud Revival with Sarah Mackenzie

  • RAR# 105: Favorite Early Reader Books (for kids who are learning to read)

    Jul 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 […] Visit Read-Aloud Revival with Sarah Mackenzie

  • RAR #104: Put Those Books Face OUT!

    Jul 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 […] Visit Read-Aloud Revival with Sarah Mackenzie

  • RAR # 103: Excellent Nonfiction Picture Books, Gail Gibbons

    Jul 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 […] Visit Read-Aloud Revival with Sarah Mackenzie

  • RAR #102: What Kids Really Need (and Want), with Dr. Meg Meeker

    Jul 09 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 […] Visit Read-Aloud Revival with Sarah Mackenzie

  • RAR #101: 3 Steps to Connecting with Your Kids this Summer

    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 […] Visit Read-Aloud Revival with Sarah Mackenzie

  • RAR #100: Jeanne Birdsall, The Penderwicks, and over 4 Million Downloads

    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 […] Visit Read-Aloud Revival with Sarah Mackenzie

  • RAR #99: Meet Lola Dutch (she is just too much!)

    Apr 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 […] Visit Read-Aloud Revival with Sarah Mackenzie

  • RAR #98: Introducing Kids to Foreign Language through Reading Aloud

    Apr 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 […] Visit Read-Aloud Revival with Sarah Mackenzie

  • RAR #97: The Lowdown on Reading Aloud with Teens

    Apr 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 […] Visit Read-Aloud Revival with Sarah Mackenzie

  • RAR #96: The Lowdown on Reading Aloud to 8 – 12 Year Olds

    Apr 09 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 […] Visit Read-Aloud Revival with Sarah Mackenzie

  • RAR #95: The Lowdown on Reading Aloud to 4-7 Year Olds

    Apr 02 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 […] Visit Read-Aloud Revival with Sarah Mackenzie

  • RAR #94: The Lowdown on Reading Aloud to 0-3 Year Olds

    Mar 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 […] Visit Read-Aloud Revival with Sarah Mackenzie

  • RAR #93: How to Create a Book Club Culture at Home

    Mar 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 […] Visit Read-Aloud Revival with Sarah Mackenzie

  • RAR #92: Books Boys Love (that aren’t just books for boys)

    Mar 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 […] Visit Read-Aloud Revival with Sarah Mackenzie

  • RAR #91: Sharing A Wrinkle in Time with Your Family

    Mar 04 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 […] Visit Read-Aloud Revival with Sarah Mackenzie

  • RAR #90: Easter Basket Ideas for Young Readers

    Feb 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 […] Visit Read-Aloud Revival with Sarah Mackenzie

  • RAR #89: Andrew Pudewa is back!

    Feb 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 […] Visit Read-Aloud Revival with Sarah Mackenzie

  • RAR #88: Don’t Miss This Book: The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street

    Feb 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 […] Visit Read-Aloud Revival with Sarah Mackenzie

  • RAR #87: Books to Celebrate Your Adopted Child, Brooke Cooney

    Feb 06 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, […] Visit Read-Aloud Revival with Sarah Mackenzie

  • RAR #86: 5 Authors & Illustrators You Might Not Know About (But Probably Want To!)

    Jan 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 […] Visit Read-Aloud Revival with Sarah Mackenzie

  • RAR #85: Reading “Messy” Books About Hard Topics with Kids

    Jan 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 […] Visit Read-Aloud Revival with Sarah Mackenzie

  • RAR #84: Books for Kids Who Don’t Love Reading (Yet)

    Jan 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 […] Visit Read-Aloud Revival with Sarah Mackenzie

  • RAR #83: Why Read Picture Books with Older Kids?

    Jan 08 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 […] Visit Read-Aloud Revival with Sarah Mackenzie

  • Answers to Questions about the 31-Day Read-Aloud Challenge

    Dec 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 […] Visit Read-Aloud Revival with Sarah Mackenzie

  • 31-Day Read-Aloud Challenge

    Dec 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 […] Visit Read-Aloud Revival with Sarah Mackenzie

  • RAR #82: Why Fidgeting is a Good Sign (and what brain science has to say about reading aloud), Dr. Michael Gurian

    Nov 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: […] Visit Read-Aloud Revival with Sarah Mackenzie

  • RAR #81: Eavesdropping on the Soul, a conversation with Katherine Paterson

    Nov 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 […] Visit Read-Aloud Revival with Sarah Mackenzie

  • RAR #80: Fantastic Gifts for Young Readers

    Nov 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 […] Visit Read-Aloud Revival with Sarah Mackenzie

  • RAR #79: Qualities of Great Books for Kids, with Sarita Holzmann of Sonlight Curriculum

    Nov 06 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 […] Visit Read-Aloud Revival with Sarah Mackenzie

  • RAR #78: Favorite Picture Book Treasuries

    Oct 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, […] Visit Read-Aloud Revival with Sarah Mackenzie

  • RAR #77: What the Scholastic Reading Report Means for You, Andrea Pinkney

    Oct 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– […] Visit Read-Aloud Revival with Sarah Mackenzie

  • RAR #76: How to make reading aloud the best part of the day

    Oct 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 […] Visit Read-Aloud Revival with Sarah Mackenzie

  • RAR #75: Delightful, Simple Reading Journals for Kids

    Oct 09 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 […] Visit Read-Aloud Revival with Sarah Mackenzie

  • RAR # 74: One thing you won’t regret

    Sep 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 […] Visit Read-Aloud Revival with Sarah Mackenzie

  • RAR #73: What your kids can do while you read aloud (they’ll probably listen better than ever)

    Sep 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 […] Visit Read-Aloud Revival with Sarah Mackenzie

  • RAR #72: How to Save a Bad Day

    Sep 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 […] Visit Read-Aloud Revival with Sarah Mackenzie

  • RAR #71: The Research and Inspiration Behind Fascinating Historical Fiction, Caroline Starr Rose

    Sep 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 […] Visit Read-Aloud Revival with Sarah Mackenzie

  • RAR #70: How to Find Time to Read as a Busy Mom

    Sep 04 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 […] Visit Read-Aloud Revival with Sarah Mackenzie

  • RAR #69: Helen Oxenbury, Behind the Scenes with an Award-Winning Illustrator

    Aug 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 […] Visit Read-Aloud Revival with Sarah Mackenzie

  • RAR #68: 5 Books to Read Aloud with Teens

    Aug 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 […] Visit Read-Aloud Revival with Sarah Mackenzie

  • RAR #67: Reading for the Bigger Story, Jonathan Rogers

    Aug 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 […] Visit Read-Aloud Revival with Sarah Mackenzie

  • RAR #66: Do Audio Books Count as Read-Alouds?

    Aug 07 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 […] Visit Read-Aloud Revival with Sarah Mackenzie

  • RAR #65: How to Best Use and Support Your Local Library

    Jul 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, […] Visit Read-Aloud Revival with Sarah Mackenzie

  • Special Edition: An Exclusive Interview with Jeanne Birdsall & N.D. Wilson

    Jul 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, […] Visit Read-Aloud Revival with Sarah Mackenzie

  • RAR #64: Helping Resistant Readers Fall in Love with Books, Laura Martin

    May 07 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 […] Visit Read-Aloud Revival with Sarah Mackenzie

  • RAR #63: Introducing Kids to Chesterton, Nancy Carpentier Brown

    Apr 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 […] Visit Read-Aloud Revival with Sarah Mackenzie

  • RAR #62: Inspiring a Love of Nature Through Books, Greta Eskridge

    Apr 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 […] Visit Read-Aloud Revival with Sarah Mackenzie

  • RAR #61: Highlights from Read-Aloud Revival Author Access

    Mar 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 […] Visit Read-Aloud Revival with Sarah Mackenzie

  • RAR #60: Your Job is to Plant the Seed, a conversation with Sally Lloyd Jones

    Mar 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 […] Visit Read-Aloud Revival with Sarah Mackenzie

  • RAR #59: Books to Make the Whole Family Howl, Maryrose Wood

    Feb 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 […] Visit Read-Aloud Revival with Sarah Mackenzie

  • RAR #58: History, Heroes and Henty, with Jim Hodges

    Feb 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 […] Visit Read-Aloud Revival with Sarah Mackenzie

  • RAR #57: How Stories Shaped an Out-of-the-Box Kid, Sally & Nathan Clarkson

    Jan 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 […] Visit Read-Aloud Revival with Sarah Mackenzie

  • RAR Bonus Episode: Some of the Best Books by Living Authors

    Jan 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 […] Visit Read-Aloud Revival with Sarah Mackenzie

  • How to Make Meaningful Connections with Your Kids in the Coming Year

    Dec 28 2016

    If you want to make more meaningful and lasting connections with your kids through books in the coming year, then I have a tip for you: Don’t try to read aloud every day. Not what you thought I would say? Well, then. You’d better listen to the rest. This episode of the podcast is the shortest […] Visit Read-Aloud Revival with Sarah Mackenzie

  • RAR #56: What’s at Stake and Why Stories Matter, Jonathan Auxier

    Nov 29 2016

    Jonathan Auxier has been a writer for a very long time, but he says he never really felt like he had found his place until he began writing children’s literature. Thank goodness he did! The New York Times best-selling author of what he calls “strange stories for strange children,” his books include Peter Nimble and His Fantastic […] Visit Read-Aloud Revival with Sarah Mackenzie

  • RAR #55: Best Thanksgiving Books – Cultivating a Spirit of Gratitude

    Nov 13 2016

    What happens when you get three book-loving ladies together to chat gratitude and the best Thanksgiving books? there’s just a bit of excitement so Sarah orders a book on air! (We love it when she does that!) and then we end up with a big list of great books like the one below So join […] Visit Read-Aloud Revival with Sarah Mackenzie

  • RAR #54: Sharing Experiences through Stories, James Daniels

    Nov 03 2016

    James Daniels is passionate about many things – his family, his church, good food, gardening and education. He’s also driven to make sense of educational philosophy in a way that’s helpful for others. In this episode of the Read-Aloud Revival, James and I talk about: sharing enthusiasm for books with our kids how our excitement about […] Visit Read-Aloud Revival with Sarah Mackenzie

  • RAR #53: Can a Children’s Book Change the World? Linda Sue Park

    Oct 30 2016

    Linda Sue Park is the author of more than 20 books- including Newbery Award winning A Single Shard (an astounding book and every bit deserving of the Newbery) and the world-changer, A Long Walk to Water. When we were drumming up ideas for who to have on the podcast this season, I knew one thing for sure: […] Visit Read-Aloud Revival with Sarah Mackenzie

  • RAR Bonus Episode: Melissa Sweet on the One and Only E.B. White

    Oct 11 2016

    Although Melissa Sweet didn’t grow up a reader, she has always had a love and passion for creating, which shows in the beautiful drawings, paintings and collages she has used to illustrate numerous picture books. She also an accomplished author, and her most recent book is about the one and only E.B. White- the ma […] Visit Read-Aloud Revival with Sarah Mackenzie

  • RAR #52: Bonding Through Books, Tricia Goyer

    Oct 03 2016

    Tricia Goyer is the well-known author of more than 50 encouraging books for women, moms and teens. She’s also a homeschooling mama of 10, and 7 of her children came to her family through adoption. In this episode, Tricia talks about: how reading aloud helped her to bond with her adoptive children how although she grew up in […] Visit Read-Aloud Revival with Sarah Mackenzie

  • RAR #51: The Golden Age of Children’s Books

    Sep 20 2016

    Reading aloud is a treat, and Carole Joy Seid wants us to remember that every time we pick up a book to share with our kids. In this episode, she is joining us again to talk about the Golden Age of Children’s Literature. Some of these books may be new to you, and some you may have […] Visit Read-Aloud Revival with Sarah Mackenzie

  • RAR #50: How Books Spark Easy Projects & Play

    Sep 06 2016

    When it comes to activities for your preschoolers, do you often feel overwhelmed? I do. I’ve overcomplicated it in the past, and that’s left me a bit tired when it comes to creating a warm and rich learning environment for my youngest kids. Jennifer Pepito has re-inspired my enthusiasm, however. She shows us how to: focus on […] Visit Read-Aloud Revival with Sarah Mackenzie

  • RAR #49: Why We Should All Be Reading Aloud to Children

    Aug 22 2016

    When I first saw Rebecca Bellingham’s TedX talk, Why We Should All Be Reading Aloud to Children, I was so moved that I watched it twice in a row. Then I shot a note off to the Read-Aloud Revival podcast manager: “can we get her on the podcast?” And we did. :) You’re in for a […] Visit Read-Aloud Revival with Sarah Mackenzie

  • Announcing Season 9 :: RAR Podcast

    Aug 16 2016

    Guess what starts August 22nd? I’ll give you a teeny tiny peek at what’s coming when you click the play button below: Don’t want to miss an episode? I don’t want you to either. :) Pop your email in below and you won’t- plus, I’ll send you a list of my favorite read-alouds. Visit Read-Aloud Revival with Sarah Mackenzie

  • The Most Important Part of Teaching Kids to Read

    Jul 26 2016

    A whole lot of us get this completely and utterly wrong. Schools do it. Teachers do it. Moms do it. Well-meaning adults make an epic mistake in the education of our children: we make teaching a child to read our top priority. When it comes to our kids and books, our top priority is not to teach our […] Visit Read-Aloud Revival with Sarah Mackenzie

  • RAR #48: Give Your Child the World, Raising Globally Minded Kids One Book at a Time– Jamie Martin

    Jun 07 2016

    We’re a whole week early! We couldn’t hold onto this podcast episode for another day without sharing it with you. Jamie Martin’s brand new book, Give Your Child the World: Raising Globally Minded Kids One Book at a Time releases today, and she came onto the show to talk about what it looks like to give […] Visit Read-Aloud Revival with Sarah Mackenzie

  • RAR #47: How to Read the Classics with Kids (even if you’ve never read them before)

    May 31 2016

    If you didn’t read a whole lot of classics growing up, chances are you’re feeling a little worried about how to read them with your own children. If so, then this episode of the Read-Aloud Revival podcast is for you. I’m chatting with Gail Ledbetter , author of Timeline for Classics about: keeping your wits about […] Visit Read-Aloud Revival with Sarah Mackenzie

  • RAR # 46: Assigned Versus Free Reading

    May 17 2016

    In this brand new episode of the Read-Aloud Revival, we tackle one of the most frequently asked questions we get at the Read-Aloud Revival… “How much reading should I assign?” I’m chatting with Mystie Winckler about just that, and I think you’re going to get a nice deeeep breath after hearing what Mystie has to […] Visit Read-Aloud Revival with Sarah Mackenzie

  • RAR #45: Our Favorite Picture Books

    May 03 2016

    Picture books aren’t just for young kids… They’re companions for our children, and they’re powerful tools that we can use to connect with our kids. In this new episode of the Read-Aloud Revival, the whole RAR team gathers to chat up our favorite picture books (and how we use them). We have so much fun that: […] Visit Read-Aloud Revival with Sarah Mackenzie

  • RAR #44: Magic and Fear in Children’s Books, N.D. Wilson

    Apr 19 2016

     Do your kids like creepy stories? Some of mine do, and I’ve been curious about the role of both magic and fear in my children’s reading life. There’s no one better to talk to about this than the much loved and celebrated Christian author of the (fantastically creepy) 100 Cupboards series, N.D. Wilson. It’s a great […] Visit Read-Aloud Revival with Sarah Mackenzie

  • RAR #43: Raising Kids Who Read, Daniel Willingham

    Apr 04 2016

    If you want to raise kids who read not because they can, but because they love to… you’re in the right place. On this episode of the Read-Aloud Revival podcast, Daniel Willingham and I discuss: what cognitive science tells us that will help our kids fall in love with books. (It’s easier than you think!) a new […] Visit Read-Aloud Revival with Sarah Mackenzie

  • RAR #42: Inspiring Parents in Children’s Literature: A Conversation with Greta Eskridge

    Mar 08 2016

      What inspires you to be a better parent? When Greta Eskridge wants inspiration in her mothering, she doesn’t usually turn to parenting manuals. She turns to her favorite children’s book classics, instead. In this episode of the Read-Aloud Revival, Greta describes how reading books like The Yearling, Little Women, Caddie Woodlawn, and even Danny, Champion of the […] Visit Read-Aloud Revival with Sarah Mackenzie

  • RAR # 41: Navigating Fantasy: A Guide for Christian Parents, Carolyn Leiloglou

    Feb 23 2016

    Do you struggle when choosing fantasy books for kids? I am convinced that fantasy is a critically important part of nourishing my children’s imaginations, helping them to see and know the truth better than they could if they didn’t read it. And yet. I struggle. I never read much fantasy as a child, myself, and as an […] Visit Read-Aloud Revival with Sarah Mackenzie

  • RAR #40 Behind the Scenes at the Read-Aloud Revival

    Feb 09 2016

    We’re pulling back the curtain… Have you ever wondered what happens behind the scenes here at the Read-Aloud Revival? For example… How do we decide who to have on the podcast and which master classes to create? What needs to happen in order to book an author for the membership Author Access events? How many […] Visit Read-Aloud Revival with Sarah Mackenzie

  • RAR #39: Reading to Kids with Special Needs, Cheryl Swope

    Jan 26 2016

    What’s a parent of a special needs child to do about reading aloud? How do you choose books to read with a child who is developing at a different rate than his or her peers? Cheryl Swope, author of Simply Classical: A Beautiful Education for Any Child and mama to special needs twins, gives us […] Visit Read-Aloud Revival with Sarah Mackenzie

  • RAR #38: On Dads, Boys & the Importance of Building a Family Culture Around Books, Martin Cothran

    Jan 12 2016

    What might a dad’s role be in a read-aloud home? And how can books shape our boys into the men we hope they’ll become? On today’s show, Martin Cothran from Memoria Press chats with me about just that. Scroll down to listen. Martin shares: advice for homeschool dads his standards for choosing books why stories are […] Visit Read-Aloud Revival with Sarah Mackenzie

  • RAR #37: Cultivating a Reading Life, Anne Bogel

    Dec 29 2015

    We want to model a love of reading for our kids, but honestly- who’s got the time? Anne Bogel does. Otherwise known as Modern Mrs. Darcy, she’s the best person I know to talk about how to fit more reading into your life. Listen in to today’s podcast and learn: where to find good books how […] Visit Read-Aloud Revival with Sarah Mackenzie

  • RAR #36: Christmas and Advent Read-Alouds with Elizabeth Foss

    Dec 01 2015

    It’s the hap-happiest read-aloud time of the year!  I don’t know anyone who lives this out better than my good friend, Elizabeth Foss, so I invited her onto the show to chat up Christmas and Advent read-alouds. We’re so excited about this episode of the podcast, we’re publishing a whole week early. This episode will […] Visit Read-Aloud Revival with Sarah Mackenzie

  • RAR #35: Reading Aloud with Toddlers (and other littles) underfoot

    Nov 24 2015

    It’s a question we hear a lot around here… how on earth is it possible to read aloud to the big kids when there are toddlers mucking about? And reading with those toddlers themselves- well, that’s a whole ‘nother ball of wax. Girl, I hear you. I have six kids, and three of them are […] Visit Read-Aloud Revival with Sarah Mackenzie

  • RAR #34: Reading Aloud around a Traditional School Schedule

    Nov 10 2015

    How does a family that follows a traditional school schedule make reading aloud a priority? We’re talking about it on today’s episode of the Read-Aloud Revival! Whether your kids are in school all day, or you homeschool but you feel very pressed for time, reading aloud can happen! Listen in as we talk: practical ideas simple […] Visit Read-Aloud Revival with Sarah Mackenzie

  • RAR #33: The Research Behind Reading Aloud, Dr. Joseph Price

    Oct 27 2015

    It doesn’t take long after starting a read-aloud habit to realize that there are a LOT of good things happening when you are snuggled up on the couch, lost in a good book with your family. But sometimes things get rough. And when that happens, it helps to get a bit more logical about the […] Visit Read-Aloud Revival with Sarah Mackenzie

  • RAR #32: Q&A with Sarah and Kortney

    Oct 13 2015

    In today’s episode of the Read-Aloud Revival, Kortney and I chat up the questions you’re asking most. We’re slinging around good stuff like: our favorite religious book recommendations how to keep your kids from getting distracted on your iPad when they’re “supposed” to be listening to an audio book what it’s like to be working and […] Visit Read-Aloud Revival with Sarah Mackenzie

  • RAR #31: Reading Aloud for History, Rea Berg

    Sep 29 2015

    This may be one of the most delightful conversations we’ve had yet on the Read-Aloud Revival. If you haven’t met Rea Berg yet… you’re going to love me for introducing you to her. :) And if you know who she is, you don’t need me to blab on here -you just want to cut right […] Visit Read-Aloud Revival with Sarah Mackenzie

  • RAR #30: Reading Aloud with Boys, Cindy Rollins

    Sep 15 2015

    Boys. Here at the Read-Aloud Revival, we get asked about the nitty gritty of reading with boys more than anything else. And who better to answer those questions than a mother of eight boys? She also happens to be one of my very favorite people, so this episode is a goodie. Cindy shares: why you […] Visit Read-Aloud Revival with Sarah Mackenzie

  • RAR #29: Getting Back in the Saddle with Reading Aloud

    Sep 01 2015

    Have you fallen out of the read-aloud habit? It’s okay – I understand. I’ve been there 100 times! In fact, I’m just trying to get back into the swing of things myself. Getting back in the saddle is quite likely easier than you think, though. In this episode I’ll give you: a handful of tips and tricks to make […] Visit Read-Aloud Revival with Sarah Mackenzie

  • RAR #27 Summer Reading: Making memories (& having fun)

    Jun 08 2015

    We all want our kids to read over the summer, right? But how can make that summer reading both memorable and fun – a treasured childhood memory rather than another thing to do and check off our lists? For today’s show, I talked to one of my very favorite people on the whole planet- Pam […] Visit Read-Aloud Revival with Sarah Mackenzie

  • RAR #26: How Illustrations Nourish the Imagination, Zach Franzen

    May 19 2015

    If you’ve listened to the Read-Aloud Revival podcast much, you probably know I’m a huge fan of The Green Ember. I think it’s the best book my kids and I read together all year long. You’ll understand, then, why I was so excited to chat with Zach Franzen, the illustrator of The Green Ember for today’s show. […] Visit Read-Aloud Revival with Sarah Mackenzie

  • RAR #25: When Kids are Whiny (and other questions you’re asking)

    May 05 2015

    On today’s episode of the Read-Aloud Revival podcast, we’re answering YOUR questions! These Q&A podcasts are listener favorites, so grab some laundry, pop in your earbuds, and let’s go! Find out: what I do when kids are whiny and don’t want to listen to a read-aloud what to try when teens aren’t interested in the family book and […] Visit Read-Aloud Revival with Sarah Mackenzie

  • RAR #24: From Picture Books to Chapter Books & Novels

    Apr 21 2015

    I’m trying something new for this episode of the Read-Aloud Revival Podcast. Instead of interviewing a guest, I’m chatting with you one-on-one. Something I hear about a lot is the struggle it can be to make the transition from picture books to chapter books and novels during read-aloud time. It’s something I’ve struggled with in the past, as well, and […] Visit Read-Aloud Revival with Sarah Mackenzie

  • RAR #22 Read Good Books. The End. -Carole Joy Seid

    Mar 24 2015

    This isn’t rocket science, Carole Joy Seid tells us in today’s episode of the Read-Aloud Revival podcast. It’s really very simple – read good books. The end. :) This episode is chock-full of: fabulous book recommendations simple, practical strategies to help us make reading aloud a pillar of family life calming encouragement from a mom who has […] Visit Read-Aloud Revival with Sarah Mackenzie

  • RAR #21: Finding Allies in Imagination: S.D. Smith & The Green Ember

    Mar 10 2015

    I’m going to be crazy bossy here and tell you this: if you read nothing else to your kids this year, read The Green Ember. This is a book that will steep your family’s imagination in the good, true, and beautiful. The characters encounter tremendous difficulty and face them with indomitable courage. You will laugh, cry, and […] Visit Read-Aloud Revival with Sarah Mackenzie

  • RAR #19 Reading Aloud to Toddlers- the Why & How

    Feb 10 2015

    We know we should start reading aloud to toddlers when they are still small, but somehow the logistics of doing just that are really difficult!  Today I’d like you to meet Haley & Sarah from Aslan’s Library– a blog I love. Haley and Sarah focus most of their blog writing about beautiful and true theological books […] Visit Read-Aloud Revival with Sarah Mackenzie

  • On Living a Storyformed Life, RAR #17

    Jan 12 2015

    If you only listen to one episode of the Read-Aloud Revival podcast, let this one be it. This episode is the humdinger of them all, if I do say so myself. ;) I have been dying to talk to Sarah Clarkson since the Read-Aloud Revival was born! She’s a busy student at Oxford, though, and it […] Visit Read-Aloud Revival with Sarah Mackenzie

  • RAR #16: Start a Reading Streak!

    Dec 31 2014

    I never do this- record a podcast episode on the fly just because I’m so excited I can’t help myself. :) But today is the last day of 2014 and I want to make sure we head into 2015 and make it count by forming deep and meaningful connections with our kids. In this (spontaneous!) […] Visit Read-Aloud Revival with Sarah Mackenzie

  • RAR #15 Poetry Read-Alouds for Parents Who Are Intimidated by Poetry

    Nov 17 2014

    Caroline Starr Rose has written entire books in verse. Now don’t be intimidated. Her book, May B, has been described as part Hatchet, part Little House on the Prairie, and part Out of the Dust. In this episode of the Read-Aloud Revival podcast, I chat with Caroline about: her books, of course! how to get […] Visit Read-Aloud Revival with Sarah Mackenzie

  • RAR #14: For Parents Who Don’t Like Reading Aloud

    Nov 03 2014

    Do you enjoy reading aloud? I know a whole lot of people who don’t. But just because you don’t enjoy reading aloud doesn’t mean you can’t build your family culture around books. Today on the Read-Aloud Revival podcast, I chat with Mystie Winckler about how audio books can make a huge difference in your family’s […] Visit Read-Aloud Revival with Sarah Mackenzie

  • RAR #13: Learning to Read- What to Do With Your Struggling Reader

    Oct 20 2014

    Reading aloud plays a major role in a child’s life as he or she is learning to read- especially if he or she is struggling to learn to read! In this podcast episode, Marie Rippel from All About Learning Press shares her thoughts on: how often to read aloud how much to prioritize it and […] Visit Read-Aloud Revival with Sarah Mackenzie

  • RAR #12: The Reading Promise

    Sep 29 2014

    Alice Ozma is the author of The Reading Promise: My Father and the Books We Shared. If you read nothing else this year, read this book. I mean it. I swallowed it and immediately knew I had to have Alice on the show. The book is moving, funny, heart-wrenching, and is a big huge kick in […] Visit Read-Aloud Revival with Sarah Mackenzie

  • RAR #11: Using the Library Without Losing Your Mind, Jamie Martin

    Sep 13 2014

    What keeps you from making the best use of your local library? For me, it’s the likelihood of losing my sanity. :) On this episode of the Read-Aloud Revival, Jamie Martin- editor of Simple Homeschool and blogger at Steady Mom– shares a perspective that we can use the library in any way that fits our family […] Visit Read-Aloud Revival with Sarah Mackenzie

  • RAR #10: The Art of Choosing Books (and starting a book club!) with Heidi Scovel

    Sep 02 2014

    Heidi Scovel admits that she isn’t a read-aloud superstar. Reading aloud can be hard to fit in when you’re a busy mother of four! But she does know how to choose great books and has had a lot of success starting a book club for her kids called the Book Detectives. In this episode of the podcast, […] Visit Read-Aloud Revival with Sarah Mackenzie

  • RAR #09: A University Professor’s Perspective on Reading Aloud, Dr. Catherine Pakaluk

    Aug 16 2014

    What can a university professor say about the value of reading aloud for future academic and relational success? A lot, actually. If that professor is also a mother of many, she’ll lend a perspective on fitting read-aloud time into busy family life, and the value of even five minutes a day spent diving into a story with […] Visit Read-Aloud Revival with Sarah Mackenzie

  • RAR #08: Every Book is a Mystery, Lawrence Goldstone

    Jul 28 2014

    Did you know that every book is a mystery, and all readers are detectives? In this episode of the Read-Aloud Revival Podcast, I chat with Lawrence Goldstone, author of Deconstructing Penguins: Parents, Kids, and the Bond of Reading. He tells us: why you become a sleuth when you pick any book of the shelf how ordinary parents […] Visit Read-Aloud Revival with Sarah Mackenzie

  • RAR #07: A Lifestyle of Reading Aloud, Melissa Wiley

    Jul 16 2014

    When I think of someone who fully embraces a family culture built around books, Melissa Wiley comes to mind right away. As a mother of six and author of several children’s books, she has managed to make reading aloud a central part of family life in her home. Listen in as Melissa shares: what creating a […] Visit Read-Aloud Revival with Sarah Mackenzie

  • RAR #06: How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare, a Conversation with Ken Ludwig

    Jul 01 2014

    Are you intimidated by Shakespeare? Do you wonder how you can introduce the bard’s work to your kids if you aren’t all that familiar with it yourself? Ah yes. You’ve come to the right place. :) I am a huge (HUGE!) fan of Ken Ludwig‘s book, How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare (now available in paperback!) and I […] Visit Read-Aloud Revival with Sarah Mackenzie

  • RAR #05: The Importance of Reading Aloud Imperfectly

    Jun 22 2014

    We got to hear from Jim Weiss about tips and tricks for character voices and how to be skilled storytellers in episode 4 of the podcast. Now listen in as he tells us that it doesn’t need to be done perfectly (and why we shouldn’t even try to make it so). I was rather caught off guard by how inspiring […] Visit Read-Aloud Revival with Sarah Mackenzie

  • RAR #04: Tips & Tricks for Reading Aloud, a Conversation with Jim Weiss

    Jun 06 2014

    You very likely know and love him already, so listen in while I chat with Jim Weiss about tips and tricks for reading aloud. This was such an awesome conversation that I split it into two episodes! In this episode Jim: gives the scoop on creating great character voices to engage your kids shares how to […] Visit Read-Aloud Revival with Sarah Mackenzie

  • RAR #03: “Reading Aloud is Like Comfort Food”- a Conversation with Tsh Oxenreider

    May 22 2014

    I’m really excited about today’s podcast! I got to chat with Tsh Oxenreider from The Art of Simple. Reading plays a major role in Tsh’s family life, and she has a down-to- earth perspective on life and books to share with us. We talked about: the ebb and flow of family life and its impact on […] Visit Read-Aloud Revival with Sarah Mackenzie

  • RAR #02: Engaging Conversations- How to Talk to Your Kids About Books, a Conversation with Adam Andrews

    May 09 2014

    Are you hesitant to talk to your kids about books because you don’t know how to do it? In this episode of the Read-Aloud Revival podcast, I chat with Adam Andrews from the Center for Lit. He gives us some simple tools to help us have better, more engaging conversations with our children about the books […] Visit Read-Aloud Revival with Sarah Mackenzie

  • RAR #01: Reading Aloud to Older Kids, a Conversation with Andrew Pudewa

    Apr 27 2014

    Welcome to the first episode of the Read-Aloud Revival Podcast! You’ll find all of the Read-Aloud Revival episodes right here. In this very first episode of the podcast, Andrew Pudewa from the Institute for Excellence in Writing and I talk about… why reading aloud to kids who are old enough to read to themselves is […] Visit Read-Aloud Revival with Sarah Mackenzie