It doesn’t take long after starting a read-aloud habit to realize that there are a LOT of good things happening when you are snuggled up on the couch, lost in a good book with your family.

But sometimes things get rough. And when that happens, it helps to get a bit more logical about the whole operation.

In this episode, you’ll hear:

  • the wide-ranging effects of reading aloud
  • how a short time reading together really can make a difference
  • how to help kids get better at listening to read-alouds

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Before we link to the books in today’s podcast, I want to reach out to any of you who may need a hug after hearing about families who have struggled with miscarriages. If that’s you, might I suggest Karen Edmisten’s excellent book, After Miscarriage, or her blog post, Remembering My Lost Babies? And hey– I’m sending a hug your way, too. xo, Sarah

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Episode 33
Moon Over Manifest

Moon Over Manifest

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Abilene Tucker's father sends her ot hte immigrant town of Manifest in rural Kansas with little explanation, and Abilene feels abandoned and alone. In her room, she discovers a a hidden cigar box full of memories... memories that will change Abilene's experience forever. Gorgeous language, a compelling plot, and characters who will stay with you long after you close the pages.

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Hatchet

Hatchet

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This award-winning contemporary classic is the survival story with which all others are compared—and a page-turning, heart-stopping adventure, recipient of the Newbery Honor.Thirteen-year-old Brian Robeson is on his way to visit his father when the single-engine plane in which he is flying crashes...

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The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

A retelling of the centuries-old tale follows Sylvia, a spirited girl apprenticed to a sorcerer, as she steals from his castle a powerful potion that she is sure will help her complete a difficult task.

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Jurassic Park

Jurassic Park

BRAND NEW, Exactly same ISBN as listed, Please double check ISBN carefully before ordering.

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Grover Learns to Read (Junior Jellybean Books(TM))

Grover Learns to Read (Junior Jellybean Books(TM))

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Series: Episodes, Episode 33

**Description from Amazon: Grover loves having his mommy read to him. So when he starts learning how to read in school, he begins to worry. He wants to be able to read, but what if his mommy doesn't read to him anymore? A charming story that offers simple reassurances to children as they make their way through one of life's m...

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Math Geek: From Klein Bottles to Chaos Theory, a Guide to the Nerdiest Math Facts, Theorems, and Equations

Math Geek: From Klein Bottles to Chaos Theory, a Guide to the Nerdiest Math Facts, Theorems, and Equations

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Series: Episodes, Episode 33

**Description from Amazon: The new "sine" of mathematical geekdom!Do you dream about long division in your sleep? Does the thought of solving abstruse equations bring a smile to your face? Do you love celebrating pi every March? Then, Math Geek was made for you! With this guide, you'll learn even more about the power of numbe...

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Fermat’s Enigma: The Epic Quest to Solve the World’s Greatest Mathematical Problem

Fermat’s Enigma: The Epic Quest to Solve the World’s Greatest Mathematical Problem

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Series: Episodes, Episode 33

Scheduled to be published across the globe, the story of Fermat's Last Theorem, devised by the seventeenth-century French mathematician Pierre de Fermat, recounts the struggles of three and a half centuries of scientists to devise a proof for it.

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Science Fair Season: Twelve Kids, a Robot Named Scorch . . . and What It Takes to Win

Science Fair Season: Twelve Kids, a Robot Named Scorch . . . and What It Takes to Win

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Series: Episodes, Episode 33

**Description from Amazon: This is the engaging true story of kids competing in the high-stakes, high-drama world of international science fairs. Every year the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair brings together 1,500 high schoolers from more than 50 countries to compete for over $4 million dollars in prizes and s...

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Archimedes and the Door of Science (Living History Library)

Archimedes and the Door of Science (Living History Library)

**Description from Amazon: Jeanne Bendick, through text and pictures, admirably succeeds in bringing to life the ancient Greek mathematician who enriched mathematics and all branches of science. Against the backdrop of Archimedes' life and culture, the author discusses the man's work, his discoveries and the knowledge later b...

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Sir Cumference and the First Round Table

Sir Cumference and the First Round Table

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Join Sir Cumference, Lady Di of Ameter, and their son Radius for wordplay, puns, and problem solving in this geometry-packed math adventure. King Arthur was a good ruler, but now he needs a good ruler. What would you do if the neighboring kingdom were threatening war?

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Grandmaster: A Novel

Grandmaster: A Novel

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Series: Episodes, Episode 33

**Description from Amazon: Freshman Daniel Pratzer gets a chance to prove himself when the chess team invites him and his father to a weekend-long parent-child tournament. Daniel, thinking that his father is a novice, can't understand why his teammates want so badly for them to participate. Then he finds out the truth: as a t...

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The Source: A Novel

The Source: A Novel

**Description from Amazon: In his signature style of grand storytelling, James A. Michener transports us back thousands of years to the Holy Land. Through the discoveries of modern archaeologists excavating the site of Tell Makor, Michener vividly re-creates life in an ancient city and traces the profound history of the Jewis...

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Rogue Lawyer: A Novel

Rogue Lawyer: A Novel

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Series: Episodes, Episode 33

**Description from Amazon: On the right side of the law. Sort of.   Sebastian Rudd is not your typical street lawyer. He works out of a customized bulletproof van, complete with Wi-Fi, a bar, a small fridge, fine leather chairs, a hidden gun compartment, and a heavily armed driver. He has no firm, no partners, no associates,...

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Timeline: A Novel

Timeline: A Novel

In an Arizona desert a man wanders in a daze, speaking words that make no sense. Within twenty-four hours he is dead, his body swiftly cremated by his only known associates. Halfway around the world archaeologists make a shocking discovery at a medieval site. Suddenly they are swept off to the headq...

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Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything (P.S.)

Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything (P.S.)

**Description from Amazon: Which is more dangerous, a gun or a swimming pool? What do schoolteachers and sumo wrestlers have in common? How much do parents really matter? These may not sound like typical questions for an economist to ask. But Steven D. Levitt is not a typical economist. He studies the riddles of everyday life...

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The Science of Harry Potter: The Spellbinding Science Behind the Magic, Gadgets, Potions, and More!

The Science of Harry Potter: The Spellbinding Science Behind the Magic, Gadgets, Potions, and More!

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Series: Episodes, Episode 33
Genre: SCIENCE

**Description from Amazon: How does magic in J. K. Rowling’s universe work? Finally, the scientific secrets of the Harry Potter universe are revealed!The insanely popular Harry Potter books and movies have brought the idea of magic and sorcery into mainstream. Modern muggle scientists have uncovered explanations to the seem...

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The Eureka Factor: Aha Moments, Creative Insight, and the Brain

The Eureka Factor: Aha Moments, Creative Insight, and the Brain

$28.00

**Description from Amazon: In a book perfect for readers of Charles Duhigg’s The Power of Habit, David Eagleman’s Incognito, and Leonard Mlodinow’s Subliminal, the cognitive neuroscientists who discovered how the brain has aha moments—sudden creative insights—explain how they happen, when we need them, and how we ca...

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The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution

The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution

Following his blockbuster biography of Steve Jobs, Walter Isaacson’s New York Times bestselling and critically acclaimed The Innovators is a “riveting, propulsive, and at times deeply moving” (The Atlantic) story of the people who created the computer and the Internet.What were the talents tha...

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Sideways Stories from Wayside School

Sideways Stories from Wayside School

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Series: Episodes, Episode 33

**Description from Amazon: Bestselling and Newbery Medal-winning author Louis Sachar knows how to make readers laugh. And there are laughs galore in perennial favorite Sideways Stories from Wayside School!Accidentally built sideways and standing thirty stories high (the builder said he was very sorry for the mistake), Wayside...

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Dinosaurs Before Dark (Magic Tree House, No. 1)

Dinosaurs Before Dark (Magic Tree House, No. 1)

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‘The treehouse started to spin … and then everything was still. Absolutely still.’ Jack and Annie have so many adventures together! A gentle introduction to history, kids will love the non-fiction companion books too!

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Mathematicians Are People, Too: Stories from the Lives of Great Mathematicians

Mathematicians Are People, Too: Stories from the Lives of Great Mathematicians

Series: Episodes, Episode 33, Book 1
Tag: Short Stories

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Introduce kids to the live of famous mathematicians like Pythagoras and Galileo.

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The Tower Treasure (The Hardy Boys No. 1)

The Tower Treasure (The Hardy Boys No. 1)

**Description from Amazon: A dying criminal confesses that his loot has been stored "in the tower." Both towers of the looted mansion are searched in vain. It remains for the Hardy boys to make an astonishing discovery that clears up the mystery and clears the name of a friend’s father.

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Series of Unfortunate Events #1: The Bad Beginning Rare Edition Enhanced

Series of Unfortunate Events #1: The Bad Beginning Rare Edition Enhanced

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Series: Episodes, Episode 1, Book 1
Tags: Episode 01, Episode 37

**Description from Amazon: Are you made fainthearted by death? Does fire unnerve you? Is a villain something that might crop up in future nightmares of yours? Are you thrilled by nefarious plots? Is cold porridge upsetting to you? Vicious threats? Hooks? Uncomfortable clothing?It is likely that yo...

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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Book 1

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Book 1

$29.99
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Series: Episodes, Episode 112, Book 1
Tags: Episode 112, Episode 37

"Turning the envelope over, his hand trembling, Harry saw a purple wax seal bearing a coat of arms; a lion, an eagle, a badger and a snake surrounding a large letter 'H'."
Harry Potter has never even heard of Hogwarts when the letters start dropping on the doormat at number four, Privet Drive. Add...

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Patriot Games (A Jack Ryan Novel)

Patriot Games (A Jack Ryan Novel)

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Series: Episodes, Episode 33, Book 1

**Description from Amazon: Don't Miss the Original Series Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan Starring John Krasinski!Tom Clancy reveals Jack Ryan’s origins in this electrifying #1 New York Times bestselling thriller that pits the former Marine turned family man against a vicious group of international terrorists.As an American in Lon...

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The Eye of the World: Book One of ‘The Wheel of Time’

The Eye of the World: Book One of ‘The Wheel of Time’

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Series: Episodes, Episode 33, Book 1

**Description from Amazon: The Wheel of Time ® is a PBS Great American Read Selection! Now in development for TV! Since its debut in 1990, The Wheel of Time® by Robert Jordan has captivated millions of readers around the globe with its scope, originality, and compelling characters.The Wheel of Time turns and Ages come and g...

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Gatefather: A Novel of the Mithermages

Gatefather: A Novel of the Mithermages

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Series: Episodes, Episode 33, Book 3

**Description from Amazon: In Gatefather, the third installment in the Mithermages series, New York Times bestselling author Orson Scott Card continues his fantastic tale of the Mages of Westil who live in exile on Earth.Danny North is the first Gate Mage to be born on Earth in nearly 2000 years, or at least the first to surv...

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