Do you read picture books with older kids? Could this be a picture book year for your family?

RAR Team
L to R: Kara, Kortney, Sarah

Today, the whole RAR crew is chatting picture books – and why it’s a great idea to read them with your bigger kids too!

In today’s episode, you’ll hear:

  • Kortney’s simple and systematic approach to reading picture books
  • how to do “classroom book a day” with your kids at home
  • where to find great picture books recommendations

This episode is just what you need to kick-start a picture book habit this year!

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  • 3:15 How Kortney Uses Picture Books
  • 7:34 Author Surprises
  • 10:12 Classroom Book-A-Day
  • 13:30 Picture Books as Research
  • 14:56 Building ‘The Read-Aloud Family’ Book Lists
  • 16:49 Benefits of a Book a Day
  • 19:45 Simple, Open-Ended Questions
  • 23:57 Empathy and History
  • 27:24 Beautiful Art
  • 29:19 Books for the commitment-averse
  • 32:32 Rich Language
  • 34:03 Where to Find Picture Books
  • 36:02 A Challenge for You

In this episode …

  • A simple framework for reading more picture books with your kids:

Kortney uses a simple system for sharing picture books with her kids – she follows the alphabet. Consider using the alphabet or diving deep into an author’s work!

Sarah suggests finding a ‘framework’ that works for your family to reduce overwhelm.

  • Could you read a #classroombookaday?

We talked about the #classroombookaday movement, started by Jillian Heise that encourages classroom teachers to read a picture book out loud with their students every single day- even students as old as 7th or 8th grade.

  • The best part – conversations

When you read picture books with your kids, you can cover a lot of ground and read many more stories than you can when you stick to only longer-form stories.

The best part? When you read a picture book every day with your kids, you have the opportunity to have great, meaningful discussions with your kids about the topics you encounter in all of those stories.

  • Use picture books for research

“A picture book is going to have the same information that an encyclopedia entry has, except that it’s going to have beautiful language, it’s going to have illustrations that help you expand on the ideas. It’s going to have all the things that really light that fire of imagination.”

Great research often starts with picture books! In fact, this is just what author Caroline Starr Rose does.

  • The benefits of reading picture books with older kids

There are so many benefits of reading lots of books together. Keep reading and chatting – you’ll be amazed what your kids learn! We mention a few of our favorite picture books to read with older kids– and you’ll find those linked below.

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(All links are Amazon affiliate links.)

Episode 83
The Hobbit

The Hobbit

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The prelude to the Lord of the Rings, Bilbo sets out on a great adventure. Lots of suspense and humor … There’s a beautifully illustrated version available that can make this book a little easier to share with families with a large age gap.

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The Essential Calvin and Hobbes: a Calvin and Hobbes Treasury

The Essential Calvin and Hobbes: a Calvin and Hobbes Treasury

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Calvin has a best friend -- a stuffed? tiger named Hobbes, and a BIG imagination. Follow the pair’s adventures in these beloved comics.

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Boxes for Katje

Boxes for Katje

$17.99

*Description from Amazon: Simple seeds of friendship grow into something extraordinaryAfter World War II there is little left in Katje's town of Olst in Holland. Her family, like most Dutch families, must patch their old worn clothing and go without everyday things like soap and milk. Then one spring morning when the tulips ...

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Castle

Castle

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The word itself conjures up mystery, romance, intrigue, and grandeur. What could be more perfect for an author/illustrator who has continually stripped away the mystique of architectural structures that have long fascinated modern man? With typical zest and wry sense of humor punctuating his drawing...

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The Mary Celeste: An Unsolved Mystery from History

The Mary Celeste: An Unsolved Mystery from History

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The Mary Celeste was discovered adrift on the open sea by another ship in 1872 -- with no sign of captain or crew. What happened? Did the crew mutiny? Were they attacked by pirates? Caught in a storm? No one ever found out. Inside this book are the clues that were left behind ...

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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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Last Stop on Market Street
Big Anthony and the Magic Ring

Big Anthony and the Magic Ring

$7.00

In this sequel to Caldecott Honor winner Strega Nona, “Big Anthony romps through a case of spring fever with an ill-gotten magic ring, against the architectural background and blue skies of la bella Italia.”--Booklist

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Go, Dog. Go! (Big Bright & Early Board Book)

Go, Dog. Go! (Big Bright & Early Board Book)

$6.99

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A beloved Bright and Early Board Book by P. D. Eastman, now in a larger size!   A sturdy board book edition of P. D. Eastman's Go, Dog. Go!, now available in a bigger size perfect for babies and toddlers!

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If You Were Born a Kitten

If You Were Born a Kitten

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**Description from Amazon: Twelve kinds of animal babies swim, snuggle, slither, and scoot through this enchanting picture book that celebrates the miracle of birth, the magic of childhood, and you...the most precious baby of all.

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Are You My Mother? (Bright & Early Board Books(TM))

Are You My Mother? (Bright & Early Board Books(TM))

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This easy-to-read, must-have classic about a baby bird in search of his mother is perfect for every day! A baby bird goes in search of his mother in this hilarious board book edited by Dr. Seuss.

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¡Corre, perro, corre!

¡Corre, perro, corre!

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**Description from Amazon: Different kinds of dogs drive cars, wear hats, run through mazes, and even have parties in treetops.

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The Gods and Goddesses of Olympus (Trophy Picture Books (Paperback))

The Gods and Goddesses of Olympus (Trophy Picture Books (Paperback))

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**Description from Amazon: Long, long ago in ancient Greece, people began telling wonderful stories to explain the mysteries of life. These myths featured gods and goddesses, mighty beings who look human but have amazing powers and live forever. Now you can meet these extraordinary characters and hear their legends, brought t...

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Quiet in the Garden

Quiet in the Garden

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**Description from Amazon: I love to go into the garden.I sit quietly.I see flowers and plants.It makes me feel peaceful.If I am very still,I see birds, insects,and creatures I hadnot noticed before.I can even hear them!Nibble, crunch, chomp.Chew, bite, slurp,swallow, gulp.They are all hungry!Get ready to look and listen.Get ...

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Roanoke: The Lost Colony–An Unsolved Mystery from History

Roanoke: The Lost Colony–An Unsolved Mystery from History

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In 1587 John White was chosen to lead a new colony at Roanoke off the Atlantic coast. After bringing many men, women, and children to the new land, White went back to England to gather supplies for the long winter. But when he finally returned to the fort almost three years later, he found that all of the colonists had vanished.

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Show Way

Show Way

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Sonia's great-grandma was just seven years old when she was sold to a big plantation without her ma and pa, and with only some fabric and needles to call her own. She pieced together bright patches with names like North Star and Crossroads, patches with secret meanings made into quilts called Show Ways -- maps for slaves to follow to freedom.

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Storybook Art: Hands-On Art for Children in the Styles of 100 Great Picture Book Illustrators (Bright Ideas for Learning)

Storybook Art: Hands-On Art for Children in the Styles of 100 Great Picture Book Illustrators (Bright Ideas for Learning)

$18.95

**Description from Amazon: Children can enjoy their favorite storybook illustrators in a new way by imitating their art with the 100 engaging and simple art projects included in this celebration of children's book illustrators. Featured are famous and award-winning storybook illustrators from the 1930s to present—Good Night ...

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The Complete Peanuts Family Album: The Ultimate Guide to Charles M. Schulz’s Classic Characters

The Complete Peanuts Family Album: The Ultimate Guide to Charles M. Schulz’s Classic Characters

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**Description from Amazon: The first comprehensive collection of the beloved and bestselling Peanuts’ 70+ characters. The Complete Peanuts Family Album covers the Peanuts universe of characters and icons.People around the world recognize Charlie Brown, Lucy, and Snoopy. And Peanuts enthusiasts know Peggy Jean, Roy, and Spik...

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