The Read-Aloud Family: Making Meaningful and Lasting Connections with Your Kids

The Read-Aloud Family: Making Meaningful and Lasting Connections with Your Kids

Connecting deeply with our kids can be difficult in our busy, technology-driven lives. Reading aloud offers us a chance to be fully present with our children. It also increases our kids’ academic success, inspires compassion, and fortifies them with the inner strength they need to face life’s challenges. As Sarah Mackenzie has found with her own six children, reading aloud...

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Title:The Read-Aloud Family: Making Meaningful and Lasting Connections with Your Kids
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  • Kristin Runyon

    Those are Sarah Mackenzie’s words from Chapter 6 of her new book

    , but they aptly express my own feelings of the gift her new book brings to the reader. This book is a resourc

    Those are Sarah Mackenzie’s words from Chapter 6 of her new book

    , but they aptly express my own feelings of the gift her new book brings to the reader. This book is a resource manual, a whisper of encouragement, and an inspiring story of her personal read-aloud journey. Yes, there are wonderful booklists for various ages, hand selected for their ability to be read-aloud. Oh, but it is so much more than just a list of books! Sarah sets forth her own reasons for why reading aloud is important for children and families while supporting it with research. For me though, the most treasured aspect of this book are the questions, the conversations she helps you as reader, parent, educator have with children and young adults. Conversations that train thinking, inspire compassion, and widen the world for the next generation far better than any comprehension test could ever accomplish. Conversations that build a relationship where beauty is shared, hard questions can be asked, and truth is ever present.

  • Sarah

    I finished this book with a big happy sigh! Such a lovely read and resource. Reading aloud is near and dear to my heart, and was thrilled to get an ARC of this book. (Thank you Zondervan!) Like Sarah talks about on her podcast, The Read-Aloud Revival, this book is for anyone who'd like to create a reading culture in their home.

    It's full of new books lists, encouragement and inspiration for any family looking to make a lasting connections with their kids through books, and all sorts of tips and

    I finished this book with a big happy sigh! Such a lovely read and resource. Reading aloud is near and dear to my heart, and was thrilled to get an ARC of this book. (Thank you Zondervan!) 

Like Sarah talks about on her podcast, The Read-Aloud Revival, this book is for anyone who'd like to create a reading culture in their home.

    It's full of new books lists, encouragement and inspiration for any family looking to make a lasting connections with their kids through books, and all sorts of tips and tricks from reading with little ones or kids who need to move around while you read to all the (numerous) benefits of a reading life now for our children and for their future!

    Even if you’ve listening to Sarah’s podcast since it’s beginning as I have, I still recommend this read. I love reading books of book lists and book about reading and this one is easily my new favorite. A perfect gift to any new mama at every baby shower!

    “The stories we read together act as a bridge when we can’t seem to find another way to connect. They are our currency, our language, our family culture. The words and stories we share become a part of our family identity.”

  • Cassiejoan

    This is the first book I’ve binge read in a long long time. I knew a lot about the importance of reading aloud to kids and this is already part of our family culture, but the book is really really good at reminding me why I do this and gave me some practical tips for doing it. Plus, I need reminders to keep me going, otherwise I get bogged down in the day to day, forgetting why I am doing what I am doing. A great reminder and inspiration. And of course, book recommendations 😉

  • Kathryn

    Wow, how I wish I would have had this book and known about her podcast when I was a young mother. Sarah is so in tune with kids and parents, she's a mom of six children, and what obstacles come up when reading to your children. This is a meaningful book with so much information on the hows and whys to read aloud and in the back are tons of book recommendations.

  • Mary Prather

    Yes, I finished this book in one day.

    The beauty in this book lies in its appeal to parents of children of ALL ages. I found myself greatly encouraged to continue reading aloud to my teens.

    Sarah’s simple - yet elegant - writing style make this book a joy to devour in one setting, or to pick up in a few minutes each day as you have time.

    The book lists alone make this book worth it, but the rest of the book is just as good.

    ALL parents need to read this book!

  • Kristin O.

    I especially enjoyed the chapter about how to ask compelling questions. I’m not so good at that yet.

    I want my own copy of this book! I will refer to it again in the future for sure.

  • Julie

    As a fan of the Read Aloud Revival podcast from the very beginning, I was thrilled when I learned that Sarah Mackenzie was writing this book. I am someone who learned much from the podcast and experienced deepened relationships with both of my kids once I started reading aloud to them again on a regular basis. If you too have been a frequent listener of the podcast, much in the book will seem familiar to you. However, there are plenty of fresh ideas and inspiration that make this book worthwhile

    As a fan of the Read Aloud Revival podcast from the very beginning, I was thrilled when I learned that Sarah Mackenzie was writing this book. I am someone who learned much from the podcast and experienced deepened relationships with both of my kids once I started reading aloud to them again on a regular basis. If you too have been a frequent listener of the podcast, much in the book will seem familiar to you. However, there are plenty of fresh ideas and inspiration that make this book worthwhile.

    Sarah’s writing is friendly, warm, and conversational. She proposes early on that reading aloud to our kids is the best use of our time and energy as parents, and then sets out to support that claim. She shares many stories from her own experience of reading aloud to her six children over the years. She also draws from the work of Jim Trelease, Andrew Pudewa, Katherine Paterson, Dr. Joseph Price and others to substantiate the effectiveness of reading aloud to our children for academic success, for nurturing empathy and compassion, and for creating and strengthening the bond within the family.

    Sarah has filled the book with practicable, easy to apply techniques for making reading aloud successful in your home. She offers methods for getting started and for creating a culture of reading in the home. She supplies the reader with ten questions for parents to ask to have meaningful conversations with our kids, and lists activities for kids to do while listening to a book. She also teaches us how to become a literary matchmaker for our kids, offers tips for what to do when you hit a speed bump, and she even takes on the potentially intimidating task of starting read alouds with teenagers. The last section of the book contains a booklist of great read alouds for all ages with a brief description of each book.

    I’d recommend The Read Aloud Family to any parent who, as Sarah puts it in the book, wants to go “all-in for our kids” and create connections that really matter.

    I received a free ARC copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  • Ginger

    I am not a parent, but I am a former elementary education major who can just never resist keeping up with what's going on in the world of kidlit (as well as person who loves books, who can never resist what Sarah Mackenzie says about books and reading). Some of her questions to ask children are surprisingly astute for my grown-up book clubs.

    Her book lists gave me great ideas for gifts for friends with kiddos. I think I might declare this summer a summer of KidLit, because it's been too long sinc

    I am not a parent, but I am a former elementary education major who can just never resist keeping up with what's going on in the world of kidlit (as well as person who loves books, who can never resist what Sarah Mackenzie says about books and reading). Some of her questions to ask children are surprisingly astute for my grown-up book clubs.

    Her book lists gave me great ideas for gifts for friends with kiddos. I think I might declare this summer a summer of KidLit, because it's been too long since I've dipped my toes in the classics like Wind in the Willows and Little House that really never grow old.

  • Tammam Aloudat

    A great idea done with a few things that made it unreadable for me.

    I do not mind what an author of a book believes in as long as it doesn't infringe on the technical content of the book. This isn't the case here at all. Mackenzie is a very religious person which she explained almost immediately in the beginning of the book, that is not a problem for me and I have found that she wrote reasonably good argument in the first few chapters.

    However, when she decides to say that some books should be tak

    A great idea done with a few things that made it unreadable for me.

    I do not mind what an author of a book believes in as long as it doesn't infringe on the technical content of the book. This isn't the case here at all. Mackenzie is a very religious person which she explained almost immediately in the beginning of the book, that is not a problem for me and I have found that she wrote reasonably good argument in the first few chapters.

    However, when she decides to say that some books should be taken literally like history books and scripture as opposed to fiction, then she loses me... I don't care that she believes that the bible is a literal history, there would be no convincing her otherwise, I care that she doesn't need to shove that into my throat when what I want to read about is reading aloud for kids.

    The second issue is that this book is mostly referenced listeners of her book and as far as I could read before it became too preachy for my taste, no academic studies or expert opinions, no statistics or proofs, at least that far...

    I know one answer will be that atheists and non religious people write about their (lack of) faith when they write books, and that is true when they are writing about that specific topic of religion and religiosity, but not when they are writing about other topics where their concern is delivering technical knowledge of those topics.

    Anyhow, I did work my way through a few chapters, and couldn't do more. I rarely ever toss a book before I finish reading it but this is one of those rare occasions.

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