This week I’m sharing the second part of a Read-Aloud Revival Premium Master Class all about helping our kids love books by treating their reading lives more like we treat our own.

If you want something better than book reports or reading comprehension sheets for your kids, you’re in the right place.

If you’re wondering whether you need to do literary analysis (and how to do it without killing your child’s love of the book), you’re in the right place.

If you want your kids to read because they love to (and not because they have to), you’re in the right place.

This is the second half of this master class. Listen to the first half here. (You don’t have to listen to the first half to understand the second, but you probably want to!)

In this episode, you’ll hear:

  • What it looks like for kids to be real readers
  • What most of us are getting wrong when it comes to “teaching” literature to our kids
  • Do your kids need literary analysis? And what should that look like, anyway?

I also answer a listener question about … how to know when your child is ready to learn to read.

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  • 3:05   How do I know if my child is ready to learn to read?
  • 6:03   Welcome to book club
  • 9:11 If we started treating our children’s reading lives differently …
  • 11:23 3 Components in book club culture
  • 12:29 Protecting time
  • 18:44 Put books face out
  • 19:30 A haven for reading
  • 20:56 Book conversations
  • 25:42 It’s OK if it takes time
  • 28:39 Make a warm space for reading
  • 31:34 The goal is to enjoy the story
  • 33:24 For kids in traditional classes
  • 35:46 Literary analysis
  • 40:01 Concentric circles instead of ladder rungs
  • 41:07  Let the Kids Speak

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Quotes to remember:

We want reading to feel like comfort food. We want books to feel like chicken and mashed potatoes on a dark wintry night.” – Sarah Mackenzie

“As your kids grow, you want it to be completely normal to talk about books regularly. It’s a casual, normal, organic part of your family life. That’s huge.” – Sarah Mackenzie

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Books from this episode:

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Episode 126
My Side of the Mountain (Puffin Modern Classics)
Dinosaurs Before Dark (Magic Tree House, No. 1)
Owl Moon
All the Light We Cannot See
Tops & Bottoms (Caldecott Honor Book)
American Tall Tales
Okay for Now
Richard Scarry’s Busytown Treasury
I’m Just No Good at Rhyming: And Other Nonsense for Mischievous Kids and Immature Grown-Ups
Where’s Waldo?: Deluxe Edition

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