When I first saw Rebecca Bellingham’s TedX talk, Why We Should All Be Reading Aloud to Children, I was so moved that I watched it twice in a row. Then I shot a note off to the Read-Aloud Revival podcast manager: “can we get her on the podcast?”

And we did. :) You’re in for a treat in this first episode of season 9!

In this episode, you’ll hear:

  • the theater of reading aloud
  • having difficult discussions around books
  • Rebecca’s tips for sharing enthusiasm for books with our kids

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Episode 49
The Prairie Thief

The Prairie Thief

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A fantastical twist to a tale of life on the prairie made this an instant family favorite at our house. Louisa Brody’s life on the Colorado prairie takes an unexpected turn when her father is locked away in jail and she is sent to live with the awful Smirch family. Can Louisa and her friends save her father from a guilty verdict?

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Charlotte’s Web

Charlotte’s Web

FROM SARAH

By the wonderful E.B. White, a touching tale of friendship, character and love, with charming illustrations by Garth Williams. Your kids will hang on every word—there's a reason this book is a classic! (psst... get out the Kleenex)

FROM THE PUBLISHER

E. B. White's Newbery Honor Book is a tender novel of friendship, love, life, and death that will continue to be enjoyed by generations to come. It contains illustrations by Garth Williams, the acclaimed illustrator of E. B. White's Stuart Little and Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House series, among many other books.

 

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Because of Winn-Dixie

Because of Winn-Dixie

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India Opal is at the grocery store when she makes a new friend -- a dog she names Winn Dixie (after the store, of course!). Winn Dixie helps Opal navigate Naomi, Florida, and find the inner courage to learn about her mom who left when she was 3.

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Wonder

Wonder

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August Pullman was born with a facial difference that, up until now, has prevented him from going to a mainstream school. Starting 5th grade at Beecher Prep, he wants nothing more than to be treated as an ordinary kid—but his new classmates can’t get past Auggie’s extraordinary face.

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Number the Stars

Number the Stars

This short book is unforgettable. Watch the Danish resistance through the eyes of 10-year-old Annemarie Johansen, just as the German troops begin their campaign to "relocate" all the Jews of Denmark. Your kids can meet author Lois Lowry in her Author Access video replay in RAR Premium.

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The Magician’s Elephant

The Magician’s Elephant

$6.99

**Description from Amazon: A classic tale by Newbery Medalist Kate DiCamillo, America's beloved storyteller. When a fortuneteller's tent appears in the market square of the city of Baltese, orphan Peter Augustus Duchene knows the questions that he needs to ask: Does his sister still live? And if so, how can he find her? The for...

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The One and Only Ivan

The One and Only Ivan

$7.99

**Description from Amazon: Winner of the 2013 Newbery Medal and a #1 New York Times bestseller, this stirring and unforgettable novel from renowned author Katherine Applegate celebrates the transformative power of unexpected friendship. Inspired by the true story of a captive gorilla known as Ivan, this illustrated novel is t...

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Inch and Roly Make a Wish

Inch and Roly Make a Wish

$3.99

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Meet the friendly insects of the all-new Inch and Roly Ready-to-Read series—books destined to become instant classics.It is a quiet day. Inch and Roly and their friends, Dragonfly and Beetle, are looking for something to do. They can walk to the wishing well and wish for something to do!

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Fox and Crow Are Not Friends (Step into Reading)

Fox and Crow Are Not Friends (Step into Reading)

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Fox and Crow can agree on two things: their love of cheese and loathing of each other. These cagey animals will do whatever they can to outwit their sworn enemy and claim sole possession of the prized cheese they keep finding.

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The Read-Aloud Handbook: Seventh Edition

The Read-Aloud Handbook: Seventh Edition

**Description from Amazon: The classic million-copy bestselling handbook on reading aloud to children—revised and updated Recommended by "Dear Abby" upon its first publication in 1982, millions of parents and educators have turned to Jim Trelease’s beloved classic for more than three decades to help countless children be...

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Home of the Brave

Home of the Brave

$7.99

**Description from Amazon: A man I helped to settle here taught me a saying from Africa. I'll bet you would like it: A cow is God with a wet nose. Kek comes from Africa where he lived with his mother, father, and brother. But only he and his mother have survived. Now she's missing, and Kek has been sent to a new home. In America,...

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The Crossover

The Crossover

$16.99

If your teen thinks novels in verse aren't their style, this one just might change their mind. Jordan and Josh Bell are kings on the court. But Josh has more than basketball in his blood—he's got beats, too, which help him find his rhythm when its all on the line. Kind of poetry, kind of rap. This one is surprisingly fun to read aloud to older kids and teens!

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