We picture all of our darling children curled around us, listening happily as we share a story together

BUT … What if we have toddlers and teens? Or just lots of kids with strong opinions?!

Is there ANYTHING we can do?

YES! Today’s episode is all about finding the read-aloud sweet spot when you have a wide range of ages in your family.

In this episode, you’ll hear:

  • why you should ignore common advice when it comes to reading to a wide age span
  • whether it’s OK to read under some of your kids’ reading level
  • 15+ crowd-pleasing books that you and kids of varying ages will enjoy

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Listener Guide

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  • 2:28 Don’t be afraid to separate
  • 3:24 Shoot for the middle
  • 6:36 Keeping them engaged is the key
  • 7:55 Books under your kids’ reading level
  • 10:09 ‘Life’s greatest delights’
  • 11:39 Family and animal stories
  • 14:08 Historical recommendations
  • 17:06 A touch of magic
  • 18:59 Fantasy books
  • 21:50 Go on a literary journey … together
  • 22:44 Let the kids speak

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Quotes to remember:

“We want them to see reading as one of life’s greatest delights. We want to choose books that meet kids at all different ages, that will appeal to everyone, and that everyone can follow along the storyline.” – Sarah Mackenzie

“I can’t imagine a man really enjoying a book and reading it only once.” – C.S. Lewis

We don’t need to be afraid of reading things that are under our  … oldest children’s reading level. If we realize that they can still get so much benefit from the books we’re reading aloud to them (even if they’re not above or even at their reading level), that opens the door to enjoying so many other books as a family.” – Sarah Mackenzie

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Books from this episode:

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Episode 113
The Green Ember
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon
The Bark of the Bog Owl (Wilderking Trilogy)
Anne of Green Gables
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (The Chronicles of Narnia, Book 2)
Happy Little Family (Fairchild Family Story)
By the Great Horn Spoon!
Half Magic
On to Oregon!
The Penderwicks
Little House (9 Volume Set)
Little House in the Big Woods: Little House, Book 1
Happy Little Family: Fairchild Family Story, Book 1
Schoolroom in the Parlor: Fairchild Family Story, Book 4
Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat
Schoolhouse in the Woods: Fairchild Family Stories, Book 2
The Rise and Fall of Mount Majestic
The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street
The Vanderbeekers and the Hidden Garden

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