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The Read-Aloud Family

Narrated by: Sarah Mackenzie
Length: 7 hrs
4.5 out of 5 stars (6 ratings)
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Summary

Connecting deeply with our kids can be difficult in our busy, technology-driven lives. Reading aloud offers us a chance to be fully present with our children. It also increases our kids’ academic success, inspires compassion, and fortifies them with the inner strength they need to face life’s challenges. As Sarah Mackenzie has found with her own six children, reading aloud long after kids are able to read to themselves can deepen relationships in a powerful way.     

Founder of the immensely popular Read-Aloud Revival podcast, Sarah knows first-hand how reading can change a child’s life. In The Read-Aloud Family, she offers the inspiration and age-appropriate book lists you need to start a read-aloud movement in your own home. From a toddler’s wonder to a teenager’s resistance, Sarah details practical strategies to make reading aloud a meaningful family ritual. Reading aloud not only has the power to change a family - it has the power to change the world. 

The Read-Aloud Family audiobook contains bonus material not found in the print edition. Included at the end of The Read-Aloud Family is bonus audio from author Sarah MacKenzie’s How to Choose Books for Your Kids series.  

©2018 Sarah Mackenzie (P)2018 Zondervan

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"Sarah MacKenzie...narrates the audiobook she wrote to accompany her blog and podcasts. Her briskly paced reading is filled with energy and warmth... This is an audiobook that will set families on the road to loving literacy." (AudioFile)

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Such an encouraging book!

I have just finished reading Sarah’s new book and have found it so encouraging and so full of new books to discover with my family. What Sarah says all makes so much sense...I will, however, hold her fully accountable for the large delivery of books that will inevitably be arriving at our house over the next few weeks! 😳😜. Seriously though, it’s going to be great; can’t wait! 😊 Definitely recommend!!

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  • Heather Reckner
  • 18-04-18

Inspiring, encouraging and practical!

I knew reading aloud was valuable. In fact I grew up with four siblings and have fond memories of my own mother reading aloud to all of us, even into our young adult years! But now as a mother to four of my own young children, I've struggled to find the time when there are so many other "more important" subjects and tasks to complete each day. I feel like I was just given permission to prioritize reading over everything else! Not only that, but in true "teaching from rest" form, Sarah is so gifted at breaking it down into bite size pieces, troubleshooting the logistics of managing reading time with a large family, and keeping expectations reasonable so as not to add yet another item to the heap of "mom guilt." Thank you, Sarah, for rekindling *my* love for family read aloud time.

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  • Bookworm
  • 05-04-18

Inspiring listen!

I pre-ordered a paperback copy of this book, but also used a credit to buy the audible edition. As a fan of audiobooks as well as the RAR podcast, I really enjoyed listening to Sarah narrate this book herself. There IS overlap and repetition from the podcast episodes, but I still really enjoyed having all of the Read-Aloud "philosophy" -- methods, ideas, tips, background -- all in one cohesive place. (Besides, I'm a weirdo who has listened to her favorite episodes multiple times, so I'm probably even more familiar with the content than your average listener.) And there IS unique new content in the book that I think is worth having. I'm glad to have the paperback for reference including the chapter on asking compelling questions and the book lists at the back. If you're debating between formats though, please be aware though the Audible edition includes instructions for accessing a downloadable book list you can print out split up by age -- if that helps you decide!

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  • 06-08-18

A Must Read for Family Read Alouds

This book gave me great ideas on how to connect as a family using books.

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  • Denice
  • 13-04-18

Highly recommend!!!

Love, love, love this book!!! As a Homeschool family that does read-alouds in our family, we do know how important they are. This book has helped me realize just how important!! We will definitely be following a more pro-active read-aloud schedule in our family. I learned of so many books we have never heard about from Sarah's wonderful recommendations in this book. This book has inspired me so much, I was sad this audiobook was over!! (Isn't that the sign of a great book, Sarah? 😉)

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  • Bethany
  • 16-02-19

An important perspective for parents

This book is going down as one of my Top 5 favorite parenting books. It tackles the importance of reading for pleasure instead of requirement, and shows parents how to make books exciting, delectable, and approachable for their children. I loved listening to this audiobook. It's delightful to listen to an author read her own book!

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  • Noah Fredieu
  • 15-02-19

Loved!!!!

I loved everything about this book. Sarah’s way of speaking and writing is amazing and really appealing. She made me want to read to my child, helped me figure out new ways to include literacy, and just really helped me remember my love for books!

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  • Becky Dunn
  • 23-01-19

Not bad, but...

DNF.

Should've done my own research, so it's my bad, but there should have been a bit in the publisher's summary that mentioned how heavily the narrative focuses on the Christian faith and religiosity. I could deal with "mildly flavored" but this one was a bit too heavy-handed.

To each their own.

Wonderful personal anecdotes that convey how much reading aloud bonds families and helps kids to excel. Beautifully narrated by the author.

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  • Justsewtrish
  • 24-12-18

great book to learn to connect with your kids

love this book. it inspires you to slow down and build quality time with your kids of all ages. it was so motivating that I finished 2 books with my kids before finishing this book. we have more read alouds already under way.

the audio is fantastic. there is so much good info that i bought the print version also.

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  • Mommy2016
  • 12-12-18

So informative and inspirational!

So many great nuggets of information and tips to promote literacy in your home! Definitely a great read for any parent or teacher!

One complaint is I wish I would have known that there was heavy religious tones to the book. I'm not a fan but I was able to see past it. Still a great book, just not those parts for me anyway!

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  • AnnMarie
  • 29-11-18

A Must Read

Stop what you are doing now and get your hands on a copy of this book. Audio was wonderul.