You might know S.D. Smith as the author of the Green Ember series of books. He also happens to be hilarious – which makes this episode so much fun!

At all five Great Homeschool Conventions in 2018, Sarah Mackenzie interviewed S.D. Smith live on stage. At one point, he flipped the whole thing on its head and interviewed Sarah. Hilarity ensued, and somehow they even managed to have a bit of serious conversation.

Plus a secret is revealed: Did you know that S.D. named a character in his books after Sarah?

You get to hear the whole thing on today’s episode of the Read-Aloud Revival podcast. You’ll hear:

  • what it really means to write for children
  • why the Read-Aloud Revival changed the name of its tagline
  • what happened when Sarah met her “other favorite author” (scroll down for the photo that goes with that story!)

This one is great for the whole family – you don’t want to miss it!

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Listener Guide

Use the time stamps below to skip to any part of the podcast:

  • 3:45 Are you heading to a Great Homeschool Convention?
  • 5:40 Meant for reading aloud …
  • 7:25 Writing for children
  • 10:27 If S.D. wasn’t an author …?
  • 13:37 S.D. makes fun of Sarah for a bit …
  • 16:33 Going full-time
  • 20:00 His heart’s desire …
  • 22:25 S.D. takes over the podcast
  • 25:47 Vision and heart for reading aloud
  • 29:10 Why did people respond?
  • 30:12 A new tagline
  • 33:52 Kids’ questions
  • 41:44 Let the kids speak

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First, the picture S.D. was talking about in the podcast:

Yes, that’s Kate DiCamillo. And yes, it’s also every single one of my neck veins. To get the scoop on this photo, listen at around minute 14:07 of the podcast. AHEM.

Links from this episode:

Quotes to remember:

“The thing that I love about kids is that they’re so generous, so sweet, so special. They’re considerate, they’re kind, and I think that extends to the sort of the way they behave in person. But also to the way that they’re thinking about stories. They’re ready to welcome good things into their hearts and they’re ready to surrender in a good way- to just get lost in the story.” -S.D. Smith

One of the things I think is so powerful about reading stories with our kids is that we get practice. Every time we read a story, we encounter a character who has to overcome obstacles. If we give our kids stories as they’re growing, by the time they’re grown and they face those obstacles in their lives they’ll know, they’ve seen, and they’ve borne witness to heroes finding what they need in themselves and in God to meet the obstacle- to overcome the obstacle.” -Sarah Mackenzie

“The books began as stories I told my kids. So they were read-aloud and they were improvised in the moment.” -S.D. Smith

”I thought I was writing a manifesto on reading aloud. And then as I was writing, I realized it was more like a manifesto on connecting with our kids… and reading aloud ends up being the avenue we do that with. But the point isn’t the books. The point is the children.” -Sarah Mackenzie

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Episode 110
The Green Ember

The Green Ember

FROM SARAH:

A Read-Aloud Revival community favorite. Rabbits with Swords! This story will inspire heroic virtue in your children (and who knows... maybe you too!). This is first in a truly wonderful fantasy series. Your kids can meet author S.D. Smith at his Author Access video replay in RAR Premium.

FROM THE PUBLISHER:

Heather and Picket are extraordinary rabbits with ordinary lives until calamitous events overtake them, spilling them into a cauldron of misadventures. They discover that their own story is bound up in the tumult threatening to overwhelm the wider world.

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The Fellowship of the Ring: Being the First Part of The Lord of the Rings

The Fellowship of the Ring: Being the First Part of The Lord of the Rings

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Frodo and his pals set out on a journey to find the Ruling Ring. Will the Hobbits’ friendships be enough to keep them safe?

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The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

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From the wonderful Kate DiCamillo, the story of a rabbit who was very loved, until he was lost … An important message is delivered in this sweet story.

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The Black Star of Kingston

The Black Star of Kingston

A swashbuckling tale full of heroes and action, The Black Star of Kingston takes place a century before RAR favorite The Green Ember.

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The Read-Aloud Handbook: Seventh Edition

The Read-Aloud Handbook: Seventh Edition

**Description from Amazon: The classic million-copy bestselling handbook on reading aloud to children—revised and updated Recommended by "Dear Abby" upon its first publication in 1982, millions of parents and educators have turned to Jim Trelease’s beloved classic for more than three decades to help countless children be...

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Teaching from Rest: A Homeschooler’s Guide to Unshakable Peace

Teaching from Rest: A Homeschooler’s Guide to Unshakable Peace

FROM SARAH:

This was the first book I wrote—and I wrote it because I needed it myself. If you've ever felt overwhelmed or out of your depth in homeschooling (or parenting), I hope you'll read it. The audio book is an especially good price.

FROM THE PUBLISHER:

Those who have made the decision to homeschool their children have done so out of great love for them and a desire to provide them an excellent education in the context of a warm, enriching home. Yet so many parents (mainly mothers) who have taken up this challenge find the enterprise often full of stress, worry, and anxiety. In this practical and faith-based book, Sarah Mackenzie addresses the possibility of teaching from rest and taking hold of the peace that transcends all understanding.

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Ember Rising (The Green Ember Series: Book 3)

Ember Rising (The Green Ember Series: Book 3)

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Tag: Episode 110

**Description from Amazon: A harrowing adventure inside enemy territory. Heather and Picket are plunged into the darkness of Morbin's shadow, fighting to bear the flame of the cause and light the way for rabbitkind's upright insurrection.

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Bridge to Terabithia

Bridge to Terabithia

**Description from Amazon: The story starts out simply enough: Jess Aarons wants to be the fastest boy in the fifth grade--he wants it so bad he can taste it. He's been practicing all summer, running in the fields around his farmhouse until he collapses in a sweat. Then a tomboy named Leslie Burke moves into the farmhouse...

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Ember Falls (The Green Ember Series: Book 2)

Ember Falls (The Green Ember Series: Book 2)

$14.95

**Description from Amazon: The stage is set. It's war. Morbin Blackhawk, slaver and tyrant, threatens to destroy the rabbit resistance forever. Heather and Picket are two young rabbits improbably thrust into pivotal roles. The fragile alliance forged around the young heir seems certain to fail. Can Heather and Picket help res...

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

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

FROM SARAH:

I wrote this book as a love note, of sorts, to the Read-Aloud Revival community. You'll find practical tips, inspiring stories, and booklists for every age. The audio book won was nominated for an Audie Award!

FROM THE PUBLISHER:

USA Today Bestseller |  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. 

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The Last Archer: A Green Ember Story

The Last Archer: A Green Ember Story

$9.95

**Description from Amazon: A Green Ember story set during Heather and Picket's arrival at Cloud Mountain, The Last Archer follows the journey of Jo Shanks. Jo is a gifted archer with a burden on his back and a fire within. Eager to see the Longtreaders receive justice, he travels from his Halfwind Citadel home to a Cloud Moun...

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