Are you an introvert or an extrovert? On this episode of the Read-Aloud Revival podcast, Jamie Martin from Simple Homeschool is here to chat about being an introverted mom.

I’m an extrovert, so we’re comparing what fills us up, what depletes us, and how we can find more calm, less guilt, and quiet joy in mothering– which I think is what we all long for, no matter our personality type.

Jamie Martin

Of course, we also talk books! Some of our favorite authors were introverts (Lucy Maud Montgomery, anyone?), and Jamie and I can’t help but talk about our favorite books whenever we get together.

In this episode, you’ll hear:

  • How to find more calm and less guilt as a mama (yes please, right?)
  • The unique challenges that introvert and extrovert moms both face
  • Wisdom from some of your favorite authors (if your favorite authors happened to write books like Anne of Green Gables and Little Women, that is)

I also answer a listener question about choosing books for very sensitive kids.

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  • 1:18   Family Book Clubs, drawing workshops and more
  • 3:03   Books for sensitive kids
  • 7:37 Introverted and extroverted motherhood 
  • 9:12 The personality spectrum 
  • 11:39 Where we need TLC 
  • 14:28 Specific challenges for introverts and extroverts
  • 15:23 Self-care versus self-improvement
  • 16:57 A change for the better
  • 20:17 Introverted authors
  • 26:21 Little House adventures
  • 28:40 Pre-ordering and bonuses
  • 31:47  Sarah’s favorite chapters
  • 33:57 ‘Books have been my counselors’
  • 35:52 Let the Kids Speak

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Quotes to remember:

This can change the way we interact with people, because it gives us a little more empathy. It helps us understand about others: this is the way you are made.” – Sarah Mackenzie

“When I get what I need, then I’m able to offer my best to my family. They get what they need, and then it all works.” – Jamie Martin

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Episode 127
The Secret Garden

The Secret Garden

A classic about an orphan who struggles to adjust to her new life until she discovers a secret garden. Excellent for all ages. Look for the one with illustrations by Tasha Tudor!

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Understood Betsy

Understood Betsy

FROM SARAH:

Elizabeth Ann must leave her home to move to rural Vermont and live with relatives. She needs a little extra care, though, so will anyone there understand her? If you're a homeschooling family, you'll especially love this one! (The characters are 👌🏼.)

FROM THE PUBLISHER:

Thanks to her loving but over-protective guardian aunts, Betsy is a fearful, self-absorbed, nine-year-old hypochondriac. One of the most terrible items on her long list of fears is the horrid cousins her aunts never mention without shuddering. When her aunts are suddenly no longer able to care for her, Betsy is, incredibly, sent to live with those very relatives.

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Little Women (Puffin in Bloom)

Little Women (Puffin in Bloom)

The March sisters are each distinctive in their own way, but they band together to help their mother while their father is serving in the Civil War. The original version follows the girls as they grow into womanhood. Girls might enjoy identifying with a particular sister -- Meg, Jo, Beth or Amy.

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The Penderwicks

The Penderwicks

FROM SARAH:

One of my tippy-top recommendations... if your kids haven't met the Penderwicks yet, it's time! A summer of misadventure ensues when four sisters meet a very interesting boy (and a couple of rabbits, too!) at a summer cottage in New England. Boys and girls alike enjoy this whole series. Hear Jeanne Birdsall talk about writing this series on her episode of Read-Aloud Revival.

FROM THE PUBLISHER:

This summer the Penderwick sisters have a wonderful surprise: a holiday on the grounds of a beautiful estate called Arundel. Soon they are busy discovering the summertime magic of Arundel's sprawling gardens, treasure-filled attic, tame rabbits, and the cook who makes the best gingerbread in Massachusetts.

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Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice

FROM THE PUBLISHER:

Pride and Prejudice is a novel of manners by Jane Austen, first published in 1813. The story follows the main character, Elizabeth Bennet, as she deals with issues of manners, upbringing, morality, education, and marriage in the society of the landed gentry of the British Regency.

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Give Your Child the World: Raising Globally Minded Kids One Book at a Time

Give Your Child the World: Raising Globally Minded Kids One Book at a Time

**Description from Amazon: Featuring a carefully curated reading treasury of the best children's literature for each area of the globe, as well as practical parenting suggestions and inspiration, Give Your Child the World helps moms and dads raise insightful, compassionate kids who fall in love with the world and are prepared...

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The Saturdays (Melendy Quartet)

The Saturdays (Melendy Quartet)

Meet the Melendys, an unforgettable family that lives with their beloved housekeeper in New York City. The Melendy kids are tired of wasting Saturdays, so they start the Independent Saturday Afternoon Adventure Club. And just what will happen on those Saturdays, I wonder?

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Mr. Popper’s Penguins

Mr. Popper’s Penguins

Pretty much guaranteed to make your kids laugh. This story is especially fun to follow up by watching the movie! How many penguins in the house is too many? Mr. Popper's answer just might surprise you!

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Steady Days: A Journey Toward Intentional, Professional Motherhood

Steady Days: A Journey Toward Intentional, Professional Motherhood

**Description from Amazon: You can apply the same techniques of efficiency, intention, and purpose that you've used in other careers to your most important position in life-motherhood. Steady Days takes you through the process of becoming a professional mother: one who is organized and excited to spend time with your young ch...

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The Moffats

The Moffats

** Description from Amazon: Meet the Moffats. There is Sylvie, the oldest, the cleverest, and-most days at least-the responsible one; Joey, who though only twelve is the man of the house. . .sometimes; Janey, who has a terrific upside-down way of looking at the world; and Rufus, who may be the littlest but always gets in the b...

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The Rise and Fall of Mount Majestic

The Rise and Fall of Mount Majestic

FROM SARAH:

Ten-year-old Persimmony Smudge lives a boring life on the Island in the Middle of Everything, but she longs for adventure. And she soon gets it when she overhears a life-altering secret and suddenly finds herself in the middle of an amazing journey. Fantastically funny. Your kids can meet author/illustrator Jennifer Trafton at her Author Access video replay in RAR Premium.

FROM THE PUBLISHER:

Ten-year-old Persimmony Smudge lives a boring life on the Island in the Middle of Everything, but she longs for adventure. And she soon gets it when she overhears a life-altering secret and suddenly finds herself in the middle of an amazing journey. It turns out that Mount Majestic, the rising and falling mountain in the center of the island, is not really a mountain - it's the belly of a sleeping giant!

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The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street

The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street

FROM SARAH:

When their landlord decides he's not going to renew the Vanderbeekers' lease, the five Vanderbeeker kids launch a full-blown mission to change his mind. Highly recommended for kids of all ages (I read it to all six of my kids, from preschool through teen). A practically perfect family story that's first in a wonderful series. Meet the author, Karina Yan Glaser, in her Author Access replay in RAR Premium.

FROM THE PUBLISHER:

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The Vanderbeekers and the Hidden Garden

The Vanderbeekers and the Hidden Garden

**Description from Amazon: A New York Times bestseller!  Return to Harlem's "wildly entertaining" family in this funny, heartwarming sequel. When catastrophe strikes their beloved upstairs neighbors, the Vanderbeeker children set out to build the best, most magical healing garden in Harlem—in spite of a locked fence, this...

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The Twenty-One Balloons (Puffin Modern Classics)

The Twenty-One Balloons (Puffin Modern Classics)

**Description from Amazon: A Newbery Medal WinnerProfessor William Waterman Sherman intends to fly across the Pacific Ocean. But through a twist of fate, he lands on Krakatoa, and discovers a world of unimaginable wealth, eccentric inhabitants, and incredible balloon inventions.Winner of the 1948 Newbery Medal, this classic ...

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The Vanderbeekers to the Rescue

The Vanderbeekers to the Rescue

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**Description from Amazon: NYT Bestselling series! Harlem’s favorite family returns in the third installment in the Vanderbeerkers series, wherein the Vanderbeeker kids find themselves racing to save their mother’s baking business from city closure. Illustrated with delightful black and white illustrations.For the Vanderb...

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A Long Fatal Love Chase

A Long Fatal Love Chase

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**Description from Amazon: "I'd gladly sell my soul to Satan for a year of freedom," cries impetuous Rosamond Vivian to her callous grandfather. Then, one stormy night, a brooding stranger appears in her remote island home, ready to take Rosamond to her word. Spellbound by the mysterious Philip Tempest, Rosamond is seduced wi...

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The Blythes Are Quoted

The Blythes Are Quoted

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**Description from Amazon: The Blythes Are Quoted is the last work of fiction by the internationally celebrated author of Anne of Green Gables. Intended by L.M. Montgomery to be the ninth volume in her bestselling series featuring her beloved heroine Anne – and delivered to her publisher on the very day she died – it has ...

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The Road to Yesterday (L.M. Montgomery Books)

The Road to Yesterday (L.M. Montgomery Books)

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**Description from Amazon: For Anne and Gilbert Blythe, life in a small village is never dull because of all the entertaining gossip, and what strange and funny tales they hear: about the mischievous twins whose dearest wish comes true when they meet up with a bored and haunted millionaire; or clever Penelope Craig, who consi...

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Sense and Sensibility

Sense and Sensibility

**Description from Amazon: Sense and Sensibility is a novel by Jane Austen, and was her first published work when it appeared in 1811 under the pseudonym "A Lady". A work of romantic fiction, better known as a comedy of manners, Sense and Sensibility is set in southwest England, London and Kent between 1792 and 1797, and port...

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Jane of Austin: A Novel of Sweet Tea and Sensibility

Jane of Austin: A Novel of Sweet Tea and Sensibility

**Description from Amazon: “Know your own happiness. You want nothing but patience - or give it a more fascinating name, call it hope.” ― Jane Austen, Sense and SensibilityJust a few years after their father’s business scandal shatters their lives, Jane and Celia Woodward find themselves forced out of their San Fra...

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Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography

Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography

**Description from Amazon: Follow the real Laura Ingalls and her family as they make their way west and discover that truth is as remarkable as fiction. Hidden away since the 1930s, Laura Ingalls Wilder s never-before-published autobiography reveals the true stories of her pioneering life. Some of her experiences will be fami...

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Introverted Mom: Your Guide to More Calm, Less Guilt, and Quiet Joy

Introverted Mom: Your Guide to More Calm, Less Guilt, and Quiet Joy

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**Description from Amazon: Motherhood is beautiful; motherhood is hard. All moms understand this paradoxical truth. Yet introverted mothers face unique challenges. When our quiet nature collides with our often loud role, frustration and guilt result. We wonder why motherhood feels at odds with our personality, and in our dark...

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