The read-aloud family Making meaningful and lasting connections with your kids

Sarah Mackenzie, 1981-

Book - 2018

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Published
Grand Rapids, MI : Zondervan [2018]
Language
English
Physical Description
282 pages ; 21 cm
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references (pages 281-282) and index.
ISBN
0310350328
9780310350323
Main Author
Sarah Mackenzie, 1981- (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

It began with a copy of Jim Trelease's The Read-Aloud Handbook (1982) borrowed from a friend, a simple act that turned out to be life changing. For it introduced Mackenzie to the notion that reading aloud to her children (all six of them) "could be one of the most important building blocks to a lasting and healthy relationship." A true believer in the efficacy of the out-loud experience, she brings a zeal to her argument that informs the pages of this interesting and often-inspiring book. In her enthusiasm and optimism, she is a veritable Norman Vincent Peale of the page, her message grounded in religion, though never oppressively so. For her, reading aloud is a magic pill, a sovereign remedy for whatever ails you. She supports her enthusiasm with practical strategies for reading aloud, accompanied by book lists for specific age ranges, including teens. If this has a fault, it's the tendency to be redundant. But that's a small quibble, for the book admirably fulfills its larger purpose: to inspire young people to read. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

Review by PW Annex Reviews

This practical guide contains a skillfully designed plan for parents to use in hopes of fostering a love of reading in their children. Book-lover Mackenzie found Jim Trelease's The Read-Aloud Handbook when the first of her six children was one year old. In Trelease's thesis, Mackenzie discovered not only a method but also her calling. She has produced a popular podcast, Read-Aloud Revival; it targets homeschooling parents, but her brainstorming and cheerleading will be a support to all parents who want to help their children read. The trick is to read aloud to them, she writes—even to small babies and truculent teens. In laying out her philosophy, Mackenzie addresses how reading encourages kids to be more attentive and nurtures compassion. She offers ways to connect kids to and through books: create a book club at home, match the child to the book, converse with substance, and ask leading questions. An inveterate list-maker, Mackenzie divides children into age groups for which she provides suggested reading lists (including Bibles), plus activities for children to do while adults read aloud. Although designed for Christians—brief sections address the power of reading for finding truth in Jesus—this enjoyable book will also be welcome to general readers. (Apr.) Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly Annex.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

In The Read-Aloud Family, founder of the Read-Aloud Revival podcast Sarah Mackenzie champions the lifelong benefits of reading aloud to children and offers book lists, strategies, and tools parents can use to form deep and lasting connections with their kids.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Discover practical strategies to make reading aloud a meaningful family ritual.The stories we read--and the conversations we have about them--help shape family traditions, create lifelong memories, and become part of our legacy. Reading aloud not only has the power to change a family--it has the power to change the world. But we all know that connecting deeply with our families can be difficult in our busy, technology-driven society. Reading aloud is one of the best ways to be fully present with our children, even after they can read themselves, but it isn't always easy to do. Discover how to:Prepare your kids for academic success through reading to themDevelop empathy and compassion in your kids through booksFind time to read aloud in the midst of school, sports, and dinner dishesChoose books across a variety of sibling interests and agesMake reading aloud the best part of your family's dayThe Read-Aloud Family also offers age-appropriate book lists from infancy through adolescence. From a toddler's wonder to a teenager's resistance, you will find the inspiration you need to start a read-aloud movement in your own home.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Discover practical strategies to make reading aloud a meaningful family ritual.The stories we read--and the conversations we have about them--help shape family traditions, create lifelong memories, and become part of our legacy. Reading aloud not only has the power to change a family--it has the power to change the world. But we all know that connecting deeply with our families can be difficult in our busy, technology-driven society. Reading aloud is one of the best ways to be fully present with our children, even after they can read themselves, but it isn't always easy to do. Discover how to:Prepare your kids for academic success through reading to themDevelop empathy and compassion in your kids through booksFind time to read aloud in the midst of school, sports, and dinner dishesChoose books across a variety of sibling interests and agesMake reading aloud the best part of your family's dayThe Read-Aloud Family also offers age-appropriate book lists from infancy through adolescence. From a toddler's wonder to a teenager's resistance, you will find the inspiration you need to start a read-aloud movement in your own home.