Boys. Here at the Read-Aloud Revival, we get asked about the nitty gritty of reading with boys more than anything else. And who better to answer those questions than a mother of eight boys?

She also happens to be one of my very favorite people, so this episode is a goodie.

In this episode, you’ll hear:

  • why you should read first thing in the morning
  • what advice she would give her younger self
  • how to make reading aloud a habit

Scroll down and hit play to listen in to my conversation with Cindy Rollins. And don’t forget that your printable show notes, action-packed cheat sheets, complete transcripts, and more are all loaded up in Read-Aloud Revival Membership for you!

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Episode 30
Little Britches: Father and I Were Ranchers

Little Britches: Father and I Were Ranchers

FROM SARAH:

This one comes up again and again in podcast episodes! The first in Ralph Moody’s autobiographical series, this is a wonderful father-son story. Note: Does contain a few mature words that begin with H and D.

FROM THE PUBLISHER:

Ralph Moody was eight years old in 1906 when his family moved from New Hampshire to a Colorado ranch. Through his eyes we experience the pleasures and perils of ranching there early in the twentieth century. Auctions and roundups, family picnics, irrigation wars, tornadoes and wind storms give authentic color to Little Britches. So do adventures, wonderfully told, that equip Ralph to take his father's place when it becomes necessary.

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Men of Iron

Men of Iron

8-year-old Myles Farnworth is training to be a knight so that he can save his father’s life and win back his family’s honor. A wonderful look at castle life and medieval England.

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The Matchlock Gun

The Matchlock Gun

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Edward has been left at home to protect his mother and sister, while his father is away watching for a raid from the north. Both the French and the Indians are true threats in New York in 1756, but Edward has a weapon -- his father’s matchlock gun. Note: Edward’s mother is injured in the book, and Native Americans are killed.

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Two-Minute Mysteries (Apple Paperbacks)

Two-Minute Mysteries (Apple Paperbacks)

Written by Donald Sobel (Encyclopedia Brown) these quick puzzles are tricky and fun!

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The Story of King Arthur and His Knights (Sterling Unabridged Classics)

The Story of King Arthur and His Knights (Sterling Unabridged Classics)

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Series: Episodes, Episode 30
Tag: Episode 51

**Description from Amazon: The legendary adventures of King Arthur, his Knights of the Table Round, and the court of Camelot come to life in a lively and accessible retelling by Howard Pyle.

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Saint George and the Dragon

Saint George and the Dragon

FROM THE PUBLISHER

This special new paperback edition of St. George and the Dragon commemorates the 25th Anniversary of the Caldecott Award-winning picture book. Hodges retells an exciting segment from Spenser's The Faerie Queene, in which the Red Cross Knight slays a dreadful dragon that has been terrorizing the coun...

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Bobbsey Twins 01: The Bobbsey Twins of Lakeport

Bobbsey Twins 01: The Bobbsey Twins of Lakeport

**Description from Amazon: When their elderly neighor Mrs. Marden reports that some of her valuables have gone missing, the twins investigate.

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The Boy’s King Arthur: Sir Thomas Malory’s History of King Arthur and His Knights of the Round Table

The Boy’s King Arthur: Sir Thomas Malory’s History of King Arthur and His Knights of the Round Table

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Series: Episodes, Episode 30

** Description from Amazon: Relates the chivalrous and romantic deeds of King Arthur, Lancelot, Gareth, Tristram, Galahad, and other knights of the Round Table

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Smoky the Cowhorse

Smoky the Cowhorse

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Series: Episodes, Episode 30

** Description from Amazon: Smoky knows only one way of life: freedom. Living on the open range, he is free to go where he wants and to do what he wants. And he knows what he has to do to survive. He can beat any enemy, whether it be a rattlesnake or a hungry wolf. He is as much a part of the Wild West as it is of him, and Smo...

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Anatole

Anatole

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Series: Episodes, Episode 30

** Description from Amazon: Anatole is a most honorable mouse. When he realizes that humans are upset by mice sampling their leftovers, he is shocked! He must provide for his beloved family--but he is determined to find a way to earn his supper. And so he heads for the tasting room at the Duvall Cheese Factory. On each cheese,...

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Little Tim and the Brave Sea Captain (Little Tim Books)

Little Tim and the Brave Sea Captain (Little Tim Books)

** Description from Amazon: Little Tim lived in a house by the sea. He wanted very much to be a sailor, but his parents said he was much too young and must wait for years and years, until he was grown up. So when Tim got a chance to stow away on a steamer, of course he jumped at it, little expecting the hard work, the stormy s...

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Little Bear (An I Can Read Book)

Little Bear (An I Can Read Book)

** Description from Amazon: Celebrate the timeless warmth of a mother's love with the very first ever I Can Read book. Meet Little Bear, a friend to millions of children. And meet Mother Bear, who is there whenever Little Bear needs her. When it is cold and snowy outside, she finds just the right outfit for Little Bear to play...

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Jack Jouett’s Ride

Jack Jouett’s Ride

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Series: Episodes, Episode 30

** Description from Amazon: Recaptures the incident during the American Revolution when Jack Jouett rode to warn Thomas Jefferson and others of the coming of Tarleton's raiders.

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101 Famous Poems

101 Famous Poems

Series: Episodes, Episode 30

** Description from Amazon: Fully indexed by title, author, and first line, this much-loved collection, in print since 1916, is a wide-ranging collection of the best-known English language poets, from William Shakespeare Robert Frost, from Percy Bysshe Shelley to Edna St. Vincent Millay.

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Obadiah the Bold

Obadiah the Bold

The charming adventures of Obadiah Starbuck have been beloved by children and adults alike since he first captured hearts in the story of his friendship with an injured seagull in Thy Friend, Obadiah, winner of the Caldecott Honor. The days of Clipper ships and Whalers in the quaint colonial village...

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The Daughter of Time

The Daughter of Time

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** Description from Amazon: "One of the best mysteries of all time" (The New York Times)—Josephine Tey recreates one of history’s most famous—and vicious—crimes in her classic bestselling novel, a must read for connoisseurs of fiction, now with a new introduction by Robert Barnard.Inspector Alan Grant of Scotland Yard,...

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Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective

Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective

FROM THE PUBLISHER:

Leroy Brown, boy detective, not only solves his own cases -- he also occasionally helps out his policeman dad with the biggest mysteries in Idaville.

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The Swamp Robber (Sugar Creek Gang, Book 1)

The Swamp Robber (Sugar Creek Gang, Book 1)

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Series: Episodes, Episode 30, Book 1
Tag: Episode 46

**Description from Amazon: The tales and travels of the Sugar Creek Gang have passed the test of time, delighting young readers for more than fifty years.Great mysteries with a message for kids, The Sugar Creek Gang series chronicles the faith-building adventures of a group of fun-loving, courageous Christian boys. Your ...

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A Morbid Taste for Bones (The Chronicles of Brother Cadfael)

A Morbid Taste for Bones (The Chronicles of Brother Cadfael)

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** Description from Amazon: In the first installment of an iconic historical mystery series, a medieval monk seeks a saint’s remains for Shrewsbury Abbey—but finds a murderous sinner instead. A Welsh Benedictine monk living at Shrewsbury Abbey in western England, Brother Cadfael spends much of his time tending the herbs an...

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Cover Her Face (Adam Dalgliesh Mysteries, No. 1)

Cover Her Face (Adam Dalgliesh Mysteries, No. 1)

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** Description from Amazon: The first in the series of scintillating mysteries to feature cunning Scotland Yard detective, Adam Dalgliesh from P.D. James, the bestselling author hailed by People magazine as “the greatest living mystery writer.”Sally Jupp was a sly and sensuous young woman who used her body and her brains t...

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Farmer Boy (Little House)

Farmer Boy (Little House)

FROM SARAH

The story of the boy who will grow up to marry Laura, Farmer Boy tells the tale of Almanzo and his family, who live on a farm in New York. Based on a true story, of course! (You can read this Little House on the Prairie book out of order- it's a great introduction to the rest of the series, especially for boys.)

FROM THE PUBLISHER

This is Laura Ingalls Wilder's beloved story of how her husband, Almanzo, grew up as a farmer boy far from the little house where Laura lived.

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