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

Links from this episode:

  • Get these 4-steps in a handy printable PDF by texting the word REVIVAL to 33777
  • Get access to the FREE RAR Booklist
  • Want to get in on this 4-step action every single month along with our community? We do it in our Premium Family Book Club.

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:

Episode 136
The Tale of Peter Rabbit

The Tale of Peter Rabbit

Beauty from Beatrix Potter. This is the sweet tale of Peter, who sneaks into Mr. McGregor’s garden and learns an important lesson -- mama bunny is usually right!

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The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (The Chronicles of Narnia, Book 2)

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (The Chronicles of Narnia, Book 2)

If you're looking for a story to inspire heroic virtue, and sweep everyone away in an unforgettable tale, The Chronicles of Narnia cannot be outdone. I recommend beginning the series with The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (you can circle back to The Magician's Nephew at the very end.)

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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

Not as scary as the movie, this is a fabulous read-aloud for a wide range of ages. This audio book version is also delightful.

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Make Way for Ducklings

Make Way for Ducklings

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Another classic from Robert McCloskey! Mr. and Mrs. Mallard are searching for the perfect place to raise their family. Will they find a place to call home?

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The Read-Aloud Handbook: Seventh Edition

The Read-Aloud Handbook: Seventh Edition

**Description from Amazon: The classic million-copy bestselling handbook on reading aloud to children—revised and updated Recommended by "Dear Abby" upon its first publication in 1982, millions of parents and educators have turned to Jim Trelease’s beloved classic for more than three decades to help countless children be...

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Teaching from Rest: A Homeschooler’s Guide to Unshakable Peace

Teaching from Rest: A Homeschooler’s Guide to Unshakable Peace

**Description from Amazon: This new, revised, and first print edition of Sarah Mackenzie's best-selling eBook version contains 35% new content! Those who have made the decision to homeschool their children have done so out of great love for their children and a desire to provide them an excellent education in the context of a...

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The Circus Ship

The Circus Ship

When a circus ship runs aground off the coast of Maine, the poor animals are left on their own to swim the chilly waters. What will happen next? Your kids can meet author/illustrator Chris Van Dusen at his Author Access video replay in RAR Premium.

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Patrick, Patron Saint of Ireland

Patrick, Patron Saint of Ireland

**Description from Amazon: The story of Patrick’s life, from his noble birth in Britain, to his being captured and taken to Ireland by a group of bandits, to the “dreams” that led him to convert the Irish people to the Christian faith. DePaola also retells several well-known legends, including the story of how Patrick g...

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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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The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread

The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread

A brave mouse, a covetous rat, a wishful serving girl, and a princess named Pea come together in this award-winning tale of adventure, hope, and light. Don't miss the Author Access where Kate DiCamillo answers questions about this book in RAR Premium.

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The Read-Aloud Family: Making Meaningful and Lasting Connections with Your Kids

The Read-Aloud Family: Making Meaningful and Lasting Connections with Your Kids

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Fin M’Coul: The Giant of Knockmany Hill

Fin M’Coul: The Giant of Knockmany Hill

**Description from Amazon: When the fiercest giant in all of Ireland comes knocking at his door, what can peaceful Fin M'Coul do to escape him? An ALA Notable Book, by the bestselling author-illustrator of Strega Nona, Quiet, and many more. Fin M'Coul lives atop windy Knockmany Hill, and spends his days with the other giants ...

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Goldfish on Vacation

Goldfish on Vacation

**Description from Amazon: From a New York Times bestselling author and a rising-star illustrator comes a humorous tale based on an amazing-but-true story about the summer a city fountain was used as a goldfish pond.   H, Little O, and Baby Em are stuck in the city for the summer with only their pet goldfish—Barracuda, Pat...

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