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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 long after kids are able to read to themselves can deepen relationships in a powerful way.     

Founder of the immensely popular Read-Aloud Revival podcast, Sarah knows first-hand how reading can change a child’s life. In The Read-Aloud Family, she offers the inspiration and age-appropriate book lists you need to start a read-aloud movement in your own home. From a toddler’s wonder to a teenager’s resistance, Sarah details practical strategies to make reading aloud a meaningful family ritual. Reading aloud not only has the power to change a family - it has the power to change the world. 

The Read-Aloud Family audiobook contains bonus material not found in the print edition. Included at the end of The Read-Aloud Family is bonus audio from author Sarah MacKenzie’s How to Choose Books for Your Kids series.  

©2018 Sarah Mackenzie (P)2018 Zondervan

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"Sarah MacKenzie...narrates the audiobook she wrote to accompany her blog and podcasts. Her briskly paced reading is filled with energy and warmth... This is an audiobook that will set families on the road to loving literacy." (AudioFile)

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Inspiring listen!

I pre-ordered a paperback copy of this book, but also used a credit to buy the audible edition. As a fan of audiobooks as well as the RAR podcast, I really enjoyed listening to Sarah narrate this book herself. There IS overlap and repetition from the podcast episodes, but I still really enjoyed having all of the Read-Aloud "philosophy" -- methods, ideas, tips, background -- all in one cohesive place. (Besides, I'm a weirdo who has listened to her favorite episodes multiple times, so I'm probably even more familiar with the content than your average listener.) And there IS unique new content in the book that I think is worth having. I'm glad to have the paperback for reference including the chapter on asking compelling questions and the book lists at the back. If you're debating between formats though, please be aware though the Audible edition includes instructions for accessing a downloadable book list you can print out split up by age -- if that helps you decide!

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Inspiring, encouraging and practical!

I knew reading aloud was valuable. In fact I grew up with four siblings and have fond memories of my own mother reading aloud to all of us, even into our young adult years! But now as a mother to four of my own young children, I've struggled to find the time when there are so many other "more important" subjects and tasks to complete each day. I feel like I was just given permission to prioritize reading over everything else! Not only that, but in true "teaching from rest" form, Sarah is so gifted at breaking it down into bite size pieces, troubleshooting the logistics of managing reading time with a large family, and keeping expectations reasonable so as not to add yet another item to the heap of "mom guilt." Thank you, Sarah, for rekindling *my* love for family read aloud time.

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  • Denice
  • WI, United States
  • 04-13-18

Highly recommend!!!

Love, love, love this book!!! As a Homeschool family that does read-alouds in our family, we do know how important they are. This book has helped me realize just how important!! We will definitely be following a more pro-active read-aloud schedule in our family. I learned of so many books we have never heard about from Sarah's wonderful recommendations in this book. This book has inspired me so much, I was sad this audiobook was over!! (Isn't that the sign of a great book, Sarah? 😉)

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Exceptional. A must read for new parents!

This book is gold. It will forever be my baby shower gift to expecting moms, and I will always have it handy when I visit the library to pick books for my children, as Sarah's reading lists are absolutely fool proof. Spectacular!

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Absolutely Amazing

Empowers readers and backed with facts and stories. I intend to buy this for my friends who have kids.

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Like visiting with a wise friend

Sarah Mackenzie has greatly changed how we approach reading and I am very thankful. I loved reading until school made it torture. I want my kids to really love reading, just for fun and she addresses this in her book in a way that encourages me as a parent to do what is really best for our kids. I love that she is reading her book to us, because I cannot imagine having someone else's voice carrying the same enthusiasm she has on this topic. My favorite thing about this book is she makes this reading aloud as a family seem as easy as any other part of the day. Sometimes it is a challenge, sometimes you have to make changes, sometimes we feel funny doing it, but in the end it is about making memories and enjoying the moments with our kids. She has this tone in her voice that is warm and inviting and left me wanting to chat with her for hours. Anyone who wants their kids to love to read, or is just looking to learn to love reading again themselves, should listen to this book.

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Amazing book and narration

I loved the ideas in this book! For a family who has always read aloud, I never truly understood the benefit! I can’t wait to continue creating a book club culture, set up environments for movement while reading instead of stressing about worrying if a child is listening and reading some of the books recommended!! Thank you, Sarah! Your voice was calming, encouraging and easy to listen to!

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Smiled the whole way through

As I listened to Sarah Mackenzie read I couldn’t help smiling-both at her advice and stories. So many times I wanted to shout, “yes! That is what I want for my children, for our family.” This book felt like a conversation with a wiser friend at a coffee shop-highly recommend to anyone wanting to connect with any child in their life.

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Very Insightful

this book is so good. it lists reasons why reading is important backed up with silly stories and suggestions. it's so good I'm getting a hard copy!

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Inspiring!

Inspiring, down to earth, encouraging. I very much appreciate the questions to ask chapter and the current book recommendations, not just the classics.

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  • Sarah74
  • 04-13-18

Such an encouraging book!

I have just finished reading Sarah’s new book and have found it so encouraging and so full of new books to discover with my family. What Sarah says all makes so much sense...I will, however, hold her fully accountable for the large delivery of books that will inevitably be arriving at our house over the next few weeks! 😳😜. Seriously though, it’s going to be great; can’t wait! 😊 Definitely recommend!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-10-18

great book! i think it needs a sequel for more

loved the authors voice & enjoyed listening to her. the content of the book itself was also good, but i felt it needed more chapters, as it didnt cover things i think parents definitely need help with, such as how to deal with a hesitant kid who simply doesnt like/want read aloud time (at first) im 100% confident that could be overcome, but also certain many parents wouldnt know how to approach it. thats just one example that i feel needed to be in this book. still, definitely worth a buy, and the audiobook comes with extras like a printable booklist and added podcast at the end which does expand on more info. i would normally prefer the hard copy of a book but in this instance i recommend the audiobook instead, since it offers more.