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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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A Must Read for Family Read Alouds

This book gave me great ideas on how to connect as a family using books.

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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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So informative and inspirational!

So many great nuggets of information and tips to promote literacy in your home! Definitely a great read for any parent or teacher!

One complaint is I wish I would have known that there was heavy religious tones to the book. I'm not a fan but I was able to see past it. Still a great book, just not those parts for me anyway!

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A Must Read

Stop what you are doing now and get your hands on a copy of this book. Audio was wonderul.

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Wonderful!

I believed this book was so great and unexpected that I purchased the paperback too. I highly recommend this book if you have children!

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This has changed me!

This book is not what I expected. It was a new release I kept hearing about through several blogs I follow. We all know reading aloud to your kids is a good thing. I have a 6, 7, and 14 year old and I don’t do it like I should. Reading aloud is like exercise to me. I know I should but sadly don’t. I decided to listen to this book on a road trip to help guilt me into reading more to my kids right before a new school year starts. WOW, I couldn’t get enough! The road trip was short so I didn’t finish it. I found myself looking for reasons to drive to listen more. I can’t tell you how inspiring and motivating it is. I am ordering a physical copy so I can highlight the books she refers to! Our family is going to listen to a chapter a night together because they have to experience this book like I have. Every person but especially anyone who has children in their lives on any level needs to read this book! Teachers, Sunday school teachers, nursery workers, parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles ect....... Technology has taken over our lives and I realized while listening to this book just how much connection and inspiration and joy I have been missing out on as a family. We are already seeing beautiful changes in our kids, marriage, and family after reading aloud.
Thank you for writing this book and helping me see a new way to inspire my children and I to be the people we all want to be. I have my family back.

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  • This Guy
  • WILLIAMSVILLE, NY, US
  • 08-06-18

Enjoyable and informative

I very much enjoyed the reading style, and it encouraged me to be more engaged with books for myself and my kids.

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Wonderful addition to have

I was initially nervous to purchase this book having already read, owned, and love “The Read Aloud Handbook” by Jim Trelease, but this book is a wonderful adjunct. It reinforces a lot of the key points behind Trelease’s push for reading aloud to children but adds such a rich new addition and perspective. Wonderful book lists and recommendations along with a very handy “how to” guide on talking to kids about books. Have already recommended to many of my friends and colleagues. Thank you Sarah!

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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.