Learning to read can be hard. And when our kids are still learning to read fluently and well, helping them fall in love with books can feel impossible.

But it doesn’t have to be that way.

In today’s episode, I’m going to show you how to help your kids fall in love with stories, and tell you why it will help them more to keep reading aloud than to cram in another long phonics lesson.

IN THIS EPISODE, YOU’LL HEAR:

  • a reminder that learning to read is a little like climbing a mountain! ⛰️
  • the key to getting our kids reading (hint: it’s NOT endless phonics practice)
  • how to become a book match-maker for your child

I also answer two questions about transitioning from audio books to independent reading and the advantages and disadvantages to reading versus watching Shakespeare.

CLICK THE PLAY BUTTON TO START LISTENING:

TIME STAMPS:

2:45Q&A: Transitioning from audio books to independent reading
6:57Q&A: Shakespeare and the advantages/disadvantages of reading versus watching
11:26Climbing the mountain ⛰️
13:31Three ways to help our developing readers
15:35Spend more time (surprise!) reading aloud 😉
18:14Favorite early reader books
19:56Series for the win!
22:33Ideas for great, page-turning series we love (and ‘finding the right jelly bean’
25:47‘Secret Juice’: How to use a series
28:33You can’t help your child too much
32:09Let the Kids Speak

QUOTES TO REMEMBER:

“If our kids love stories, they will have an incentive to learn to read… because then they can get the stories for themselves.”

Sarah Mackenzie

“You can’t help your child too much, so don’t worry about making this too easy on them. You want this to be easy on them. The most important thing is not to ruin the story by trying to turn it into a lesson. Let your child love the story and let them fall in love with the story. The reading skill will come with time.”

Sarah Mackenzie

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BOOKS FOR DEVELOPING READERS:

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Series to Hook Your Developing Reader

Scroll down to see clickable book covers for every title on this list.

Not all of our kids become voracious readers on their own. In fact, if your child is a developing reader who hasn’t yet gained fluency, reading is likely far down the list of things he’d like to do with his free time.

These series might just turn your developing reader into a voracious one!

(Find more help for your developing reader here.)

Henry Huggins
Anna Hibiscus
Cam Jansen: The Mystery of the Stolen Diamonds #1
The Boxcar Children (The Boxcar Children, No. 1) (The Boxcar Children Mysteries)
The Princess in Black
Clementine
Beezus and Ramona
Homesick Herbie
Clover’s Luck (Magical Animal Adoption Agency #1)
Ruby the Red Fairy
I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic, 1912
The Last Firehawk
Mercy Watson to the Rescue
Nate the Great
Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective
The Original Adventures of Hank the Cowdog
Dinosaurs Before Dark (Magic Tree House, No. 1)
The Absent Author (A to Z Mysteries)
Billy And Blaze
Rescue on the Oregon Trail (Ranger in Time #1)
A True Home

OTHER BOOKS MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:

Episode 172
The Green Ember
How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (The Chronicles of Narnia, Book 2)

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