In today’s episode, I’m answering your questions – from reading to separate age groups and how to make time for that (!), to what to do if summer reading programs make your kids want to read LESS…

In this episode, you’ll hear:

  • when summer reading programs aren’t useful
  • how to handle a drop in comprehension when kids start reading longer books
  • ideas for easy chapter books
  • how to make time for reading aloud when your kids want to be outside all day
  • favorite fairy-tale-esque book recommendations
  • reading aloud to different age groups

Listener Guide:

2:25When reading challenges become a battle
5:46A drop in comprehension with longer books
9:31Easy chapter book ideas
13:42Reading aloud during warmer weather months
17:57Fairy tale-esque book suggestions
22:27Reading aloud to different age groups
27:47Library’s Most Wanted
32:31Beyond books – Imagination
36:10Let the Kids Speak

Quotes to remember:

“Our goal is to launch our kids into their adult lives as avid readers, as humans who love to read.” – Sarah Mackenzie

“Encountering these issues in books, where you can talk through them and discuss them with your kids, can really be a great gateway of sorts, a way to have conversations about hard topics with our kids in a safe way.” – Sarah Mackenzie

“Without imagination, our kids won’t be able to love reading stories, and they need imagination to sustain that mental theater constructed of words and characters. ” – Carolyn Leiloglou

Links from this episode:

Books from this episode:

Ella Enchanted (Newbery Honor Book)
Armstrong: The Adventurous Journey of a Mouse to the Moon (Mouse Adventures)
Edward Eager’s Magic Tales [Boxed Set] Half Magic, Magic by the Lake, Time Garden, Knight’s Castle, Magic or Not?, Well-Wishers, Seven-Day Magic
Adventures with Waffles
Edison: The Mystery of the Missing Mouse Treasure
Lindbergh: The Tale of a Flying Mouse (Mouse Adventures)
The Red Fairy Book
NOAH GREEN: JUNIOR ZOOKEEPER and the GARAGE SALE PET
Library’s Most Wanted
The Mouse and the Motorcycle
My Father’s Dragon
The Penderwicks
The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street
Tuesdays at the Castle
A True Home
The Blue Fairy Book
Dragon Slippers
The Wide-Awake Princes
Elmer and the Dragon
Unlocking the Spell: A Tale of the Wide-Awake Princess
Dragon’s Breath (Tales of the Frog Princess Book 2)
The Dragons of Blueland

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