Last time on the Read-Aloud Revival podcast, we talked about what happens (and what our kids gain) when we read aloud a book a day. In this episode, we’re digging in to how to look closely at a picture book—how to see what we might otherwise miss.

You may be surprised at how much is there in a picture book, just waiting to be seen and heard!

No lesson plans are needed. Just you, your kid(s), a book plucked from your shelf. Ready? Let’s do this.

In this episode, you’ll hear:

  • What about just reading, and not doing anything extra?
  • How open-ended questions change the reading experience for everyone
  • How to look at a picture book in a brand new way

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TIME STAMPS:

3:28All of the good stuff …
6:17The wonderful Provensens!
8:27Using open-ended questions
11:17Modeling observations
13:49Looking closely
19:57Monet and the cat 🐈
21:46Enriching the book experience
24:28Snowman – Cold = Puddle
26:42Your Place in the Universe
29:34You’re a Good Dog, Carl
32:04Let the Kids Speak

QUOTES TO REMEMBER:

I like to think of end papers as setting the stage for what’s coming. It’s like when you’re at the theater, the show’s about to start, the orchestra’s tuning up, and the house lights go down, everyone gets quiet… 

Kortney Garrison

Wordless books are wonderful because they slow you down. Sometimes our kids need that and sometimes we need that.

Kara Anderson

LINKS FROM THIS EPISODE:

Here’s the page from Mornings with Monet that Sarah talked about:

And the picture book cat (first) compared to Monet’s painting of a cat (second). What serendipity!


BOOKS MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:

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Episode 179
Nine Months: Before a Baby Is Born
Your Place in the Universe
Mornings with Monet
Snowman – Cold = Puddle: Spring Equations
You’re A Good Dog, Carl

Sarah’s dog, Tomie dePawla, on the Oregon Coast:

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