I would be willing to bet that if you’re reading this, you’re hoping to raise kids who love reading. Think back for a second. Were the books you were assigned in school the same books you stayed up reading under the covers, late at night with a flashlight?

When you were done writing the book report or the essay, did you eagerly start the book over, only to dive back into the utter delight of losing yourself in the story?

Would you say those books became one of your childhood’s sweetest delights? Or were you just relieved to have “done” the book?

See, all kids love stories when they are younger. Loving stories isn’t the problem.

The problem arises when reading becomes something we do for school—for a grade or an assignment.

The problem arises when our kids start to see reading as something on their list of to-do’s, rather than as one of life’s sweetest delights.

Today, we’re turning that on its head.

See, we have the opportunity to engage our kids with books differently– in a way that helps them love a book more after they’ve read it (rather than relieved that they’re done with the book).

It’s simple and doable, and on this episode of the Read-Aloud Revival, I’m breaking it down. Want to help your kids love reading? Don’t miss this one.

In this episode, you’ll hear:

  • 4 simple steps you can take to change the way your kids interact with books… for the better
  • why this will be a game-changer for your child’s reading life

If you’d like a one-page printable guide that breaks down the four steps I talk about in this episode, just text REVIVAL to the number 33777, or enter your email below:

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1:31The biggest difference and best impact
4:37Leave kids wanting more
5:14A simple 4-step process
6:59 Step 1: Read aloud
7:50Step 2: Share an experience
9:10An example: Dinner with the Beavers
13:14Step 3: Talk about it
18:52Step 4: The Gravy
22:39Helping our kids become readers for life
24:18Creating a ‘storehouse of wonderful memories’
25:19Let the Kids Speak
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Quote to remember:

“Books are powerful. Sharing those books together is like jet fuel for our family bonding and our kids’ academic and social and emotional success.” – Sarah Mackenzie

It’s magical to meet the person behind that book that you’ve been loving with your family, that you’ve celebrated with food, that you’ve been talking about. Trust me– it takes things to a different level.” – Sarah Mackenzie

“If you only did this once a year for a handful of years, your kids would have a handful of life-changing memories about books. They’ll have this storehouse of wonderful memories.” – Sarah Mackenzie

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Books from this episode:

The Tale of Peter Rabbit
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (The Chronicles of Narnia, Book 2)
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
Make Way for Ducklings
The Read-Aloud Handbook: Seventh Edition
Teaching from Rest: A Homeschooler’s Guide to Unshakable Peace
The Circus Ship
Patrick, Patron Saint of Ireland
The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread
The Read-Aloud Family: Making Meaningful and Lasting Connections with Your Kids
Fin M’Coul: The Giant of Knockmany Hill
Goldfish on Vacation

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