The Read-Aloud Family: Making Meaningful and Lasting Connections with Your Kids

The Read-Aloud Family: Making Meaningful and Lasting Connections with Your Kids

by Sarah Mackenzie
The Read-Aloud Family: Making Meaningful and Lasting Connections with Your Kids

The Read-Aloud Family: Making Meaningful and Lasting Connections with Your Kids

by Sarah Mackenzie


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Discover why reading aloud to your kids can make such a big difference in their lives and yours.

Learn practical strategies to make reading aloud an attainable family goal.

The stories we read—and the conversations we have about them—help shape family traditions, create lifelong memories, and become part of our legacy. Many parents can't get their children to become book-lovers. Other parents lose touch with what their child is reading.

Reading aloud with your children not only has the power to change a family—it can help your children grow into thoughtful, intelligent, empathetic adults.

We all know that connecting deeply with our families can be difficult in our busy, technology-driven society. Reading aloud is one of the best ways to be fully present with our children, even after they can read themselves, but it isn't always easy to do. In this book, Sarah Mackenzie—author and host of the Read-Aloud Revival podcast—will teach you how to:

  • Prepare your kids for academic success through reading to them
  • Develop empathy and compassion in your kids through books
  • Find time to read aloud in the midst of school, sports, and dinner dishes
  • Choose books across a variety of sibling interests and ages
  • Make reading aloud the best part of your family's day


  • Index of family- and value-friendly books by title, author/illustrator.
  • A separate index of appropriate books, separated by age group, from children's board books to teen chapter books.

From a toddler's wonder to a teenager's resistance, you will find the inspiration you need to start a read-aloud movement in your own home that will bring your family closer together.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780310350323
Publisher: Zondervan
Publication date: 03/27/2018
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 158,343
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Sarah Mackenzie is an author, speaker, and podcast host. She created the Read-Aloud Revival podcast in 2014. That fateful decision resulted in a highly rated show with millions of downloads. Sarah helps families all over the world fall in love with books. She lives in the Northwest with her husband, Andrew. She homeschools their six kids and considers it her high calling to make sure they are well-stocked in the best books she can find.

Table of Contents

TABLE OF CONTENTS: PART I: THE TIME IS NOW Chapter 1: Why Reading Aloud Will Change the World Chapter 2: Equipped: The Best Investment Chapter 3: Enlightened: On Becoming Heroes and Heroines Chapter 4: Empathetic: Slipping into Another Person’s Shoes Chapter 5: Engaged: Meaningful Connections through Stories PART II: HOW TO BUILD YOUR FAMILY CULTURE AROUND BOOKS Chapter 6: The Art of Literary Matchmaking Chapter 7: Good Books: You Are What You Read (Aloud) Chapter 8: Ease: It’s Simpler Than You Think Chapter 9: Whim: This Actually Counts?! Chapter 10: Atmosphere: Creating a Book Club Culture in Your Home Chapter 11: Identity: I Am a Reader. Who are You? Chapter 12: Time and Place: The Siren Song of Modern Distractions PART III: 100 BOOKS TO READ WITH YOUR KIDS BEFORE THEY LEAVE HOME Chapter 13: How to Use this Booklist Chapter 14: Meeting Them Where They Are: Age 0-3 Chapter 15: Meeting Them Where They Are: Age 4-8 Chapter 16: Meeting Them Where They Are: Age 9-12 Chapter 17: Meeting Them Where They Are: Age 13-15 Chapter 18: Meeting Them Where They Are: Age 16+
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