This isn’t rocket science, Carole Joy Seid tells us in today’s episode of the Read-Aloud Revival podcast. It’s really very simple – read good books. The end. :)

In this episode, you’ll hear:

  • fabulous book recommendations
  • simple, practical strategies to help us make reading aloud a pillar of family life
  • calming encouragement from a mom who has made it to the other side of homeschooling!

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Episode 22
The Green Ember

The Green Ember

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A Read-Aloud Revival community favorite. Rabbits with Swords! This story will inspire heroic virtue in your children (and who knows... maybe you too!). This is first in a truly wonderful fantasy series. Your kids can meet author S.D. Smith at his Author Access video replay in RAR Premium.

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Heather and Picket are extraordinary rabbits with ordinary lives until calamitous events overtake them, spilling them into a cauldron of misadventures. They discover that their own story is bound up in the tumult threatening to overwhelm the wider world.

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Honey for a Child’s Heart

Honey for a Child’s Heart

*Description from Amazon: Family favorite now revised and updated, including an annotated list of books for ages 0-12 Everything parents need to know to find the best books for their children Since its publication in 1969, this has been an essential guide for parents wanting to find the best books for their children. Now i...

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The Princess and the Goblin

The Princess and the Goblin

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Leopold Classic Library is delighted to publish this classic book as part of our extensive collection.

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Heidi (Puffin in Bloom)

Heidi (Puffin in Bloom)

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Everyone is scared of Heidi’s grandfather, but when she moves to the Alps to live with him her sunny personality helps them form a connection. Soon, however, they are separated. Will they reunite? This classic is an excellent read-aloud for all ages.

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The Wind in the Willows

The Wind in the Willows

$7.99

A classic story of friendship starring Toad, Rat, Mole and Badger, this river tale is a wonderful read-aloud full of big personalities. (Except for Mole, who is a little shy.) Look for the version illustrated by Ernest H. Shepard of Winnie the Pooh fame!

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The Courage of Sarah Noble

The Courage of Sarah Noble

$5.99

“Keep your courage, Sarah Noble,” Sarah’s mother tells her when she leaves with her father to build the family a new home. Set in the early 1700s, this book is based on a true story.

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Blueberries for Sal

Blueberries for Sal

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Sal goes blueberry picking with mama, but it turns out a mama bear and baby bear had the same idea. Wait - will the right babies go home with the right mamas?

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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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D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths

D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths

$19.95

Gorgeous illustrations bring the classic myths to life. Full of rich detail and wonderful language!

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The Door in the Wall

The Door in the Wall

**Description from Amazon: Set in the fourteenth century, the classic story of one boy's personal heroism when he loses the use of his legs.

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The Fourth of July Story

The Fourth of July Story

$7.99

**Description from Amazon: Two-time Newbery Honor author Alice Dalgliesh makes history come alive in this accessible story of America's birthday. Full color.

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The Columbus Story

The Columbus Story

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**Description from Amazon: Book by Alice Dalgliesh

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Little House (9 Volume Set)

Little House (9 Volume Set)

The set includes: Little House in the Big Woods, Little House on the Prairie, Farmer Boy, On the Banks of Plum Creek, By the Shores of Silver Lake, The Long Winter, Little Town on the Prairie, These Happy Golden Years, and The First Four Years.

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To Kill a Mockingbird

To Kill a Mockingbird

$8.99

*Description from Amazon: The unforgettable novel of a childhood in a sleepy Southern town and the crisis of conscience that rocked it, To Kill A Mockingbird became both an instant bestseller and a critical success when it was first published in 1960. It went on to win the Pulitzer Prize in 1961 and was later made into an A...

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Yonie Wondernos

Yonie Wondernos

**Description from Amazon: This paperback edition is now out of print. However, we do have a hardcover edition available at the same price.Seven-year-old Yonie is a wondernose because he can't keep his nose out of anything and is always getting into trouble. When his parents go away overnight, he's left as the man of the hous...

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Skippack School

Skippack School

**Description from Amazon: With his German family, Eli crosses the Atlantic on The Charming Nancy. From Philadelphia, oxen pull their wagon into Penn's Woods, where they make their new home in the Skippack area. Eli loves outdoor work and play, but Mom says he must go to school. Though Eli expects the teacher to be cross, Mas...

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Otto of the Silver Hand (Dover Children’s Classics)

Otto of the Silver Hand (Dover Children’s Classics)

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**Description from Amazon: A rich and engrossing thread of Romance runs through this tale of the motherless son of a valiant robber baron of Medieval Germany. Young Otto, born into a warring household in an age when lawless chiefs were constantly fighting each other or despoiling the caravans of the merchant burghers, is rais...

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Thy Friend, Obadiah (Picture Puffins)

Thy Friend, Obadiah (Picture Puffins)

**Description from Amazon: A warm friendship develops between a young Quaker boy and a seagull on old Nantucket.

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Pooh’s Library: Winnie-The-Pooh, The House At Pooh Corner, When We Were Very Young, Now We Are Six (Pooh Original Edition)

Pooh’s Library: Winnie-The-Pooh, The House At Pooh Corner, When We Were Very Young, Now We Are Six (Pooh Original Edition)

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**Description from Amazon: Here are the two great storybooks chronicling the adventures of Christopher Robin and all the inhabitants of the Hundred Acre Wood, as well as the two charming volumes of poems. Bright in color and true in spirit, these are books for giving—To Pooh fans of all ages.

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By C. S. Lewis: The Chronicles of Narnia Box Set: Full-Color Collector’s Edition

By C. S. Lewis: The Chronicles of Narnia Box Set: Full-Color Collector’s Edition

**Description from Amazon: Experience all of The Chronicles of Narnia with full color pictures throughout in this seven-book heavy-weight paperback box set. Readers of all ages-whether they are experiencing Narnia for the first time or returning once again to the magical world-will love seeing the creatures and landscapes of ...

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Books Children Love (Revised Edition): A Guide to the Best Children’s Literature

Books Children Love (Revised Edition): A Guide to the Best Children’s Literature

**Description from Amazon: A love for reading is one of the most precious gifts that we can give children. It nurtures their imagination and creativity, lets them explore other worlds, and opens their minds to new truths and knowledge in appealing, inspiring ways. But how can we sort through thousands of children's books to d...

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A Child’s Garden of Verses

A Child’s Garden of Verses

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Here is a delightful look at childhood, written by master poet and storyteller Robert Louis Stevenson. In this collection of sixty-six poems, Stevenson recalls the joys of his childhood, from sailing boats down a river, to waiting for the lamplighter, to sailing off to foreign lands in his imaginati...

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Star of Light

Star of Light

** Description from Amazon: Hamid rubbed the light from his eyes and looked again. He was not dreaming; it was his stepfather!The man watched Kinza as a snake might watch a baby rabbit at play, waiting for the moment to strike. And for one breathless moment Hamid was sure that he would reach out and snatch her away. Hamid doe...

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Read Aloud Bible Stories: Volume 1

Read Aloud Bible Stories: Volume 1

**Description from Amazon: "Read to me!" is a popular request parents hear from their children. How better to fulfill this wish than to read a Bible storybook written and illustrated just for kids? The award-winning Read Aloud Bible Stories series has delighted children, parents, and teachers for decades. Written by Ella K...

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Read Aloud Bible Stories: Vol. 2

Read Aloud Bible Stories: Vol. 2

**Description from Amazon: "Read to me!" is a popular request parents hear from their children. How better to fulfill this wish than to read a Bible storybook written and illustrated just for kids? The award-winning Read Aloud Bible Stories series has delighted children, parents, and teachers for decades. Written by Ella K...

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Read Aloud Bible Stories: Vol. 3

Read Aloud Bible Stories: Vol. 3

**Description from Amazon:  "Read to me!" is a popular request parents hear from their children. How better to fulfill this wish than to read a Bible storybook written and illustrated just for kids? The award-winning Read Aloud Bible Stories series has delighted children, parents, and teachers for decades. Written by Ella K...

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Prayer For A Child Prayer For A Child

Prayer For A Child Prayer For A Child

**Description from Amazon: This extraordinary prayer just for children is perfect for the youngest reader. New gift book edition Caldecott-winning player for a Childish sure to win new fans and become a favorite. Keep growing in faith and joy through little Simon Inspirations books for your child! Key Details Author Rachel Fi...

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Cowboy Small (Lois Lenski Books)

Cowboy Small (Lois Lenski Books)

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**Description from Amazon: Cowboy Small takes good care of his horse, Cactus. In return, Cactus helps Cowboy Small get work done on the range. Together they round up cattle for branding and live the good life. At night, Cowboy Small eats at the chuck wagon, sings with his friends, and sleeps under the stars.

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The Treasure (Sunburst Book)

The Treasure (Sunburst Book)

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Series: Episodes, Episode 22

**Description from Amazon: Three times a voice comes to Isaac in his dreams and tells him to go to the capital city and look for a treasure under the bridge by the royal palace. Feeling a little foolish perhaps, but determined to see for himself if the dream is true, Isaac sets out on his long journey. What he finds makes a s...

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Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin

**Description from Amazon: An intuitive understanding of the things children love to know, combined with the d'Aulaire's extraordinary artistic ability make this book on the life of one of America's most beloved founders a perennial classic. Folk art style illustrations are enhanced with pert aphorisms from Poor Richard's Alm...

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George Washington

George Washington

**Description from Amazon: "He was born in a little red brick house that his father had built on the oyster-shell hill. By that time so much land had been cleared that the wilderness was far in the distance" (10). So begins the simple and inauspicious life of George Washington, a backwoods Virginia boy destined to become the ...

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Mozart, The Wonder Boy (Great Musicians Series)

Mozart, The Wonder Boy (Great Musicians Series)

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**Description from Amazon: “Here, at last, is the new edition of Mozart, The Wonder Boy, that you have wanted for such a long time. The first book of Mozart, The Wonder Boy, had some delightful music, but you wanted still more, and here it is — thirty-five full pages of Mozart music that you will find at the end of the st...

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Frederic Chopin, Son of Poland, Early Years (Great Musicians)

Frederic Chopin, Son of Poland, Early Years (Great Musicians)

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**Description from Amazon: Frederic Chopin, celebrated pianist and probably the greatest composer for the piano the world has ever known, was born in a little cottage in Poland on the estate of Count Skarbek, whose children were tutored by his father, Nicolas Chopin. The child loved music from babyhood and when the family mov...

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Ludwig Beethoven and the Chiming Tower Bells

Ludwig Beethoven and the Chiming Tower Bells

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**Description from Amazon: Here is the story of Ludwig van Beethoven, greatest master of all, told with feeling and delicate skill for boys and girls. "Perhaps he, too, will become a musician, like all the Beethovens!" said Father Johann...From then on, the four-year-old Ludwig was kept at the piano hour after hour until the ...

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Henner’s Lydia

Henner’s Lydia

**Description from Amazon: Lydia, a young Amish girl, lives on a farm near Lancaster, Pennsylvania. All summer long she has worked on a small hooked mat, her first "piece" that must be finished before she can go to market with her father. In spite of her best efforts, Lydia is much more interested in the wagon coming down the...

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Great Illustrations by N. C. Wyeth (Dover Fine Art, History of Art)

Great Illustrations by N. C. Wyeth (Dover Fine Art, History of Art)

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**Description from Amazon: Before Andrew and Jamie, there was N. C. Wyeth. The star student of Howard Pyle's Brandywine School, Newell Convers Wyeth (1882–1945) created more than 3,000 illustrations in the course of his career. This original full-color collection focuses on his most popular illustrations, featuring early wo...

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The Little Tim Collection: With Exclusive Audio CD Read by Stephen Fry

The Little Tim Collection: With Exclusive Audio CD Read by Stephen Fry

**Description from Amazon: A wonderful boxed set of six classic Little Tim stories with a free bonus audiobook CD of them read by Stephen Fry.Tim and Ginger - Ginger pays no heed to the advice of the old boatman about dangerous tides. When he goes shrimping, he soons gets into trouble. Tim bravely rows a small boat out to sea...

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Sarah and Simon and No Red Paint

Sarah and Simon and No Red Paint

**Description from Amazon: From the distinguished author-illustrator of the maritime Tim series and winner of the Kate Greenaway medal comes this classic picture book that was recommended to our editor by a children s bookseller in Princeton, NJ. Please find out if Sarah and Simon and No Red Paint is still in print, she implo...

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Jessie Willcox Smith: 175+ Children’s Illustrations – Noah’s Ark, Heidi, Little Women

Jessie Willcox Smith: 175+ Children’s Illustrations – Noah’s Ark, Heidi, Little Women

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Series: Episodes, Episode 22

** Description from Amazon: (Revised 9/2015 - 175+ Larger (HD) Printable Children's illustrations with annotations and introduction. Formatted for all Kindle devices, Kindle for iOS and Android Tablets.)JESSIE WILLCOX SMITH Art Book contains 175+ Reproductions from Heidi and Little Women, An Old Fashioned ABC Book, The Princes...

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Farmer Boy: Little House, Book 2

Farmer Boy: Little House, Book 2

While Laura Ingalls grows up in a little house on the Western prairie, Almanzo Wilder is living on a big farm in New York State. Here Almanzo and his brother and sisters help with the summer planting and fall harvest. In winter there is wood to be chopped and great slabs of ice to be cut from the ri...

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Treasures of the Snow

Treasures of the Snow

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Series: Episodes, Episode 22, Book 66

NARRATED BY: Pamela Garelick, BEST FOR AGES: 8+

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