We’re all on board with reading picture books to our younger kids, but that has to stop at some point, right?
Ohhhhhh no. No, it does not.
What do our kids stand to gain… and how on earth can we read picture books with older kids and teens? A lot.
Here at RAR, we’re always saying that there is nothing a novel can give your kids that a picture book can’t. Honestly, a picture book might just be able to do it better, with an art gallery to match.
In this episode, we’re breaking down how to get big kids and teens on board with reading picture books, what they can gain from them, and we’re also sharing some book ideas we think they’ll love.
In this episode, you’ll hear:
- No such thing as reading levels for picture books – and what this means for you
- Strategies for inviting teens into exploring picture books
- Recommendations for big kids and teens (📚)
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|3:12||Why read picture books with older kids and teens?|
|4:45||Overcoming resistance… what if my teen just isn’t into it?|
|8:47||Our teens don’t have to love everything we do (womp)|
|9:23||Sarah spontaneously recites Emily Dickinson. 🤷🏼♀️ Of course she does.|
|12:05||Our kids are already very familiar with the short story form|
|13:38||Unsolved mysteries are great picture books for older kids 🔎|
|17:26||The power of the “I wonder” question|
|22:42||The story of the chickens that became Chanticleer and the Fox|
|25:25||Let the Kids Speak!|
QUOTES TO REMEMBER:
“Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking.”William Butler Yeats
“If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.”Albert Einstein
“When you pair thoughtful language with beautiful art, a third thing happens. It works on you and can activate your own creativity.”Kortney Garrison
“Children’s fiction necessitates distillation. At its best it renders in their purest, most archetypal forms hope, hunger, joy, and fear.”Katherine Rundell
LINKS FROM THIS EPISODE:
- Connect with Kortney
- Connect with Kara
- RAR #83: Why Read Picture Books with Older Kids
- Caroline Starr Rose
- Brandy Vencel and ‘Being Impervious‘
- Hope is The Thing with Feathers (Emily Dickinson)
- RAR #122: Picture Book Biographies We Love
- RAR #164: Our Favorite Way to Read Through History
- RAR Special Edition: The Woman Who Gave Us Miss Rumphius (Barbara Cooney)
BOOKS MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:
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