Episodes
Last time on the Read-Aloud Revival podcast, we talked about what happens (and what our kids gain) when we read aloud a book a day. In this episode, we're digging in to how to look closely at a picture book—how to see what we might otherwise miss. You may be surprised at how much is there in a picture book, just waiting to be seen and heard! No lesson plans are needed. Just you, your kid(s), a book plucked from your shelf. Ready? Let's do this. In this episode, you'll...
Published 07/20/21
What would happen if we read a book a day with our kids? That's the idea we're exploring today in a brand new episode of the Read-Aloud Revival podcast. And we're also issuing a challenge: we dare you to read a picture book a day with your kids - for a week, a month... or more. And you'll even hear some profound insights, like how a good picture book is like a baked potato. All the details are in today's episode. In this episode, you'll hear: * Why it's...
Published 07/06/21
In today's Special Edition of the Read-Aloud Revival podcast, you'll meet the man behind Make Way for Ducklings. Robert McCloskey was the first to win two Caldecott Awards, and his books are arguably among the most celebrated picture books of all time. His most popular picture book wouldn't stay on the page, either. His ducks became permanent sculptures fixed in Boston Public Garden, and even made a way for international diplomacy as part of the START Treaty between the U.S. and the...
Published 06/15/21
Science is everywhere. It's in everything we do, everything we see. And yes, everything we read. Books offer a delightful opportunity to talk about science, both through their illustrations and their text. We just need to know a few things to look for and a few questions to ask. Today we'll find out how to think like a scientist, and how to teach our kids to do the same. I invited two professors from St. Michael's College to teach us all about...
Published 04/20/21
Is homeschooling with dyslexia a good idea? Can dyslexic students thrive, even if the parents aren't specialists (or even certified teachers)? Let's be clear: absolutely, yes. You can homeschool your dyslexic kids, and you'll do a darn good job of it, too. Today on the podcast, Marianne Sunderland from Homeschooling with Dyslexia is back to talk about the nitty gritty details of teaching children who learn differently. Marianne has homeschooled eight...
Published 04/07/21
Is my child dyslexic? And if so, what should I do about it? It's one of the things we're asked about most here at Read-Aloud Revival, and no wonder. When our kids struggle to learn to read, we worry. Dyslexia is extremely common, and is very often misunderstood. Today, we're going to talk about the signs of dyslexia, and what to do if you think your child may be dyslexic. If you've ever wondered whether your child is a "late bloomer" or might be...
Published 03/23/21
Every year, the RAR team gathers to watch the American Library Association (ALA) Youth Media Awards. Once, we went in person (!) but the past two years, we've watched together from home and texted each other like mad the whole time. The awards have a way of bringing out BIG feelings. These are basically the Oscars for children's books, and as you'll hear, we have a few Opinions (with a capital O), here at RAR. Ahem. Today we're sharing: * Some stand-out winners...
Published 03/09/21
Ready to dive into a little brain science? Today, we're discovering what happens in your child's brain when you read aloud. This is probably not a surprise, but... A LOT is happening. Dr. John Hutton of the Reading and Literacy Center at Cincinnati Children's Hospital is joining me to break this down. I love how he puts it in the beginning of this episode: that scientists are using fancy methods to verify what we already know - that reading aloud is good for our...
Published 02/23/21
Learning to read can be hard. And when our kids are still learning to read fluently and well, helping them fall in love with books can feel impossible. But it doesn't have to be that way. In today's episode, I'm going to show you how to help your kids fall in love with stories, and tell you why it will help them more to keep reading aloud than to cram in another long phonics lesson. IN THIS EPISODE, YOU'LL HEAR: * a reminder that learning to read is a little like...
Published 02/09/21
The Bard. He can be a little intimidating, right? If you've ever wondered how to introduce your kids to Shakespeare, you are in a for a treat with this podcast episode. Many of us met Shakespeare in a way that didn't set us up to love him or even understand him. But today, I'm joined by Ken Ludwig, award-winning playwright and author of How to Teach your Children Shakespeare - my very favorite resource for doing just that! IN THIS EPISODE, YOU'LL HEAR: * Why we should...
Published 01/26/21
Do you ever feel lost when it comes to how to read a wordless book? I'm convinced that some of the very best picture books being published today are wordless. They invite us to slow down, predict what will come next, make connections, and linger over a good story, well-told. Today I'm excited to share some of the best ones with you, as well as a simple guide for how to read them. In this episode, you'll hear: * why wordless books are worth our time* how to read a...
Published 01/09/21
Here at RAR, we can't think of a better way to kick off a new year than to do it with books. That's why we kick off every January with a challenge for your kids-- to help them start their new year reading and reading and reading some more... and falling a little more in love with books in the process! Today we're sharing all the details of this year's Read-Aloud Challenge. I'll answer your questions, let you know how it works, which books "count," (spoiler alert: you're the...
Published 12/28/20
Welcome to a very special Christmas episode of Read-Aloud Revival, featuring three audio Christmas stories from one of our very favorite storytellers: Jim Weiss. In this episode, 3 audio Christmas stories: * The Nativity Story* The Gift of the Magi* The Nutcracker Exclusive coupons for RAR listeners through Dec 2020: * Maestro Classics Coupon: Use RAR2020 to get 25 percent off of any single CD or MP3 or the 12 CD collection or MP3 collection* Well...
Published 12/01/20
Do you feel it in the air? The seasons are a-changing...and it's just about the best time of year for reading with a cup of cocoa, next to a crackling fire. (I suppose in the Southern Hemisphere it's lemonade and beach reading... but there's no bad season for reading, right?) We think you're going to be very excited about what we have coming up in RAR this winter, plus a brand new addition to RAR Premium - Christmas School! Listen in while I tell you all about it. In...
Published 11/16/20
In today's episode, we're talking about how to talk with your kids about books. Specifically, we're talking about open-ended questions, which you've probably heard us talk about before here at Read-Aloud Revival. Open-ended questions are key to having conversations with your kids about anything they read, and anything you read together. But what exactly qualifies as an open-ended question, and why do they work? In this episode, I'm breaking down: * How to make book...
Published 11/04/20
It happens to all of us at one point or another: we let reading shift in our kids’ lives from being principally about joy and delight into something that needs to be done for school. A lot of us notice a significant drop in how much our kids are reading for pleasure once the school year is well underway. This is a problem. According to the National Literacy Trust, those who enjoy reading are better, more confident readers who spend less time online, and are more...
Published 10/18/20
In this very special episode of the podcast, the RAR team is discussing our favorite way to study history: through picture book biographies. We're also sharing a brand new FREE resource - a huge list of our favorite picture book biographies, organized by time period and category. This resource will be a huge help to your history studies, because we've matched the books up to each time period. We've also got categories for: * Artists* Athletes* Inventors & Explorers*...
Published 10/06/20
A tranquil mind. Any chance you want one of those? I know I do. Today on the Read-Aloud Revival podcast, we're talking about how readers can give themselves the gift of a tranquil mind by reading old books. Wait, did I just say "by reading old books?" I did. And I have a feeling this episode will challenge and expand your expectation for what reading old books can do for us in the here and now. Alan Jacobs I like to describe Alan Jacobs as one of my...
Published 09/22/20
If you need a boost of sunshine in your week, stop whatever you're doing and listen to this podcast. Why? Because in this episode, Australian icon Mem Fox joins me to talk about the unique gift this specific time can offer us -- the chance to read together, to connect, and to help our kids fall in love with books on a whole new level. Mem Fox is Australia's most celebrated author and the creator of many too many pictures books to count. She's a giant advocate of reading...
Published 09/07/20
What would happen if you decided to be your child's mentor, rather than their teacher? What if you awakened their wonder and curiosity, so that they became the kind of people who thirst for knowledge and understanding? What if you could fall in love with homeschooling your kids? In this episode, Sally Clarkson and I continue a conversation we started over on her podcast a few weeks ago. We discuss how Sally translated her own boredom with traditional education in order...
Published 08/20/20
We need a drumroll today, because on the podcast we’re revealing all of our autumn picks for RAR Premium. I'm also answering podcast listener Corrie's question about how to preserve her son's love of reading. It's easy to slip into schooly habits that kill our kids' love of reading-- so how can we help preserve our children's love of reading even after the school year starts? Here's a quick video preview (scroll down for the full podcast...
Published 08/10/20
Recently, I posted on social media about my oldest daughter becoming our first homeschool graduate. I’ll admit to being a proud mama. I think for a lot of us homeschooling our kids, we hear that it works, we are told colleges want homeschoolers-- are actively seeking out homeschoolers-- but we still are a little nervous. We wonder if we’ve prepared them well, if this grand homeschooling experiment is going to work out. So when my oldest daughter was not only accepted into every...
Published 07/25/20
Greta Eskridge and I discuss how books can be the conduit for adventuring with your kids, no matter your circumstances or your resources.
Published 07/10/20
Why read aloud to kids who can read themselves? t's a fair question. Not many of us remember parents or teachers reading to us once we were old enough to read on our own. But the benefits of reading aloud to kids who are old enough to read themselves are numerous. That's what we're tackling in this episode of the Read-Aloud Revival podcast. In this episode, you'll hear: 5 major benefits to reading aloud to kids who can read themselvesHow reading together...
Published 06/26/20
In today's episode, I'm answering several of your questions about audio books for kids. Let's talk favorite narrators, whether audio books hold you children back from learning to read on their own, and more. In this episode, you'll hear: how to choose winning narratorswhether it's holding our kids back to let them listen to lots of audiohow I handle books in a serieswhether or not to assign books during quiet reading timewhen your husband is not a big...
Published 06/15/20