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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Episode 126
My Side of the Mountain (Puffin Modern Classics)

My Side of the Mountain (Puffin Modern Classics)

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When Sam leaves his family’s New York City apartment, he travels all the way to the Catskill Mountains where he survives in a hollowed-out tree, and finds independence and freedom.

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Dinosaurs Before Dark (Magic Tree House, No. 1)

Dinosaurs Before Dark (Magic Tree House, No. 1)

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‘The treehouse started to spin … and then everything was still. Absolutely still.’ Jack and Annie have so many adventures together! A gentle introduction to history, kids will love the non-fiction companion books too!

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Owl Moon

Owl Moon

FROM SARAH

Everything Jane Yolen writes has a touch of magic to it, including this simple story about a girl and her father going “owling.” A beautiful tale to warm your winter.

FROM THE PUBLISHER

Distinguished author Jane Yolen has created a gentle, poetic story that lovingly depicts the special companionship of a young child and her father as well as humankind's close relationship to the natural world.

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All the Light We Cannot See

All the Light We Cannot See

**Description from Amazon: WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE From the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning Anthony Doerr, the beautiful, stunningly ambitious instant New York Times bestseller about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II...

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Tops & Bottoms (Caldecott Honor Book)

Tops & Bottoms (Caldecott Honor Book)

**Description from Amazon: Hare solves his family’s problems by tricking rich and lazy Bear in this funny, energetic version of an old slave story. With roots in American slave tales, Tops & Bottoms celebrates the trickster tradition of using one’s wits to overcome hardship. “As usual, Stevens’ animal characters, bold...

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American Tall Tales

American Tall Tales

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The author of the Magic Tree House books has created an anthology of American Tall Tales that is not to miss! Read this with kids of every age. Perfect when you only have time for a quick story.

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Richard Scarry’s Busytown Treasury

Richard Scarry’s Busytown Treasury

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Featuring Bedtime Stories, The Please and Thank You Book, A Day at the Fire Station, A Day at the Police Station, A Day at the Airport, Nicky Goes to the Doctor plus a bonus section full of fun activities, this is truly a treasury to celebrate, from the one and only Richard Scarry.

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Okay for Now

Okay for Now

FROM SARAH:

I want to give this book to every teenager I know. It's a book that will make you want to hug a mean kid, stare at Audubon paintings, thank a veteran, read Jane Eyre, and get an orchid. Even if you ignore every other book I recommend, read this one. Highly, highly recommended. Meet author Gary Schmidt in the Author Access replay in RAR Premium.

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At once heartbreaking and hopeful, this absorbing novel centers on Doug, 14, who has an abusive father, a bully for a brother, a bad reputation, and shameful secrets to keep. Teachers and police and his relatives think he's worthless, and he believes them, holding others at arm's length.

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Locomotive

Locomotive

It's the summer of 1869, and trains, crews, and family are traveling together, riding America’s brand-new transcontinental railroad. Brian Floca's picture books can hardly be matched. Come listen to him talk about this one in particular (and give us a little painting demonstration) at his Author Access replay in RAR Premium.

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I’m Just No Good at Rhyming: And Other Nonsense for Mischievous Kids and Immature Grown-Ups

I’m Just No Good at Rhyming: And Other Nonsense for Mischievous Kids and Immature Grown-Ups

**Description from Amazon: The instant New York Times bestseller featured on NPR's Weekend Edition with Scott Simon! B. J. Novak (bestselling author of The Book With No Pictures) described this groundbreaking poetry collection as "Smart and sweet, wild and wicked, brilliantly funny--it's everything a book for kids should be."...

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Where’s Waldo?: Deluxe Edition

Where’s Waldo?: Deluxe Edition

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**Description from Amazon: Looking for Waldo's twenty-fifth anniversary? Search no more. the time has come and we’ re celebrating our favorite wanderer in style!For a quarter of a century, the bespectacled Waldo has held a place as a beloved cultural icon. Now, in honor of his anniversary, Candlewick is reissuing the classi...

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