The Read-Aloud Family by Sarah Mackenzie

The Read-Aloud Family

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 relationship...

Details The Read-Aloud Family

TitleThe Read-Aloud Family
Release DateMar 27th, 2018
GenreParenting, Nonfiction, Education, Writing, Books About Books

Reviews The Read-Aloud Family

  • Julie
    As a fan of the Read Aloud Revival podcast from the very beginning, I was thrilled when I learned that Sarah Mackenzie was writing this book. I am someone who learned much from the podcast and experienced deepened relationships with both of my kids once I started reading aloud to them again on a regular basis. If you too have been a frequent listener of the podcast, much in the book will seem familiar to you. However, there are plenty of fresh id...
  • Kristin Runyon
    "A good story gives shape to the human experience and touches us in our innermost places. It picks us up where we are and leaves us somewhere else- changed, transformed, more awake and alive and aware. We leave better off then we came. Richer." Those are Sarah Mackenzie’s words from Chapter 6 of her new book The Read-Aloud Family: Making Meaningful and Lasting Connections with Your Kids, but they aptly express my own feelings of the gift her n...
  • Ginger
    I am not a parent, but I am a former elementary education major who can just never resist keeping up with what's going on in the world of kidlit (as well as person who loves books, who can never resist what Sarah Mackenzie says about books and reading). Some of her questions to ask children are surprisingly astute for my grown-up book clubs.Her book lists gave me great ideas for gifts for friends with kiddos. I think I might declare this summer a...
  • Tammam Aloudat
    A great idea done with a few things that made it unreadable for me.I do not mind what an author of a book believes in as long as it doesn't infringe on the technical content of the book. This isn't the case here at all. Mackenzie is a very religious person which she explained almost immediately in the beginning of the book, that is not a problem for me and I have found that she wrote reasonably good argument in the first few chapters.However, whe...
  • Cassiejoan
    This is the first book I’ve binge read in a long long time. I knew a lot about the importance of reading aloud to kids and this is already part of our family culture, but the book is really really good at reminding me why I do this and gave me some practical tips for doing it. Plus, I need reminders to keep me going, otherwise I get bogged down in the day to day, forgetting why I am doing what I am doing. A great reminder and inspiration. And o...
  • Kristin O.
    I especially enjoyed the chapter about how to ask compelling questions. I’m not so good at that yet. I want my own copy of this book! I will refer to it again in the future for sure.
  • Sarah
    I finished this book with a big happy sigh! Such a lovely read and resource. Reading aloud is near and dear to my heart, and was thrilled to get an ARC of this book. (Thank you Zondervan!) Like Sarah talks about on her podcast, The Read-Aloud Revival, this book is for anyone who'd like to create a reading culture in their home. It's full of new books lists, encouragement and inspiration for any family looking to make a lasting connections with th...
  • Kathryn
    Wow, how I wish I would have had this book and known about her podcast when I was a young mother. Sarah is so in tune with kids and parents, she's a mom of six children, and what obstacles come up when reading to your children. This is a meaningful book with so much information on the hows and whys to read aloud and in the back are tons of book recommendations.
  • Mary Prather
    Yes, I finished this book in one day. The beauty in this book lies in its appeal to parents of children of ALL ages. I found myself greatly encouraged to continue reading aloud to my teens. Sarah’s simple - yet elegant - writing style make this book a joy to devour in one setting, or to pick up in a few minutes each day as you have time. The book lists alone make this book worth it, but the rest of the book is just as good. ALL parents need to ...
  • Becca
    "By the time our children leave our homes, we don't want them to wonder whether their lives matter. We want them to know that they do. If we tell them enough stories, they will have encountered hard questions and practice living through so many trials, hardships, and unexpected situations that, God willing, they will have what they need to become the heroes of their own stories." - Sarah Mackenzie. I HIGHLY recommend this book for any parent who ...
  • Janssen
    This was SO good and inspiring. I don't feel the need to own every book I read, but this is one I will absolutely return to again and again. Full review to come.
  • Lauren Grace
    This book is so inspiring! Her book recommendations are awesome! My favorite quotes from this book are:“Their children may not remember the exact stories, plot lines, or characters of the books they shared during these times. Whether they remember the titles of the books they read together doesn’t even really matter. But I am certain of one thing: they will never forget that their momma read to them.”“When we read with our kids, we step o...
  • Becca
    I devoured this book. Half parenting advice (told in the most down-to-earth and encouraging tone), and half delightful conversation about good books, this sweet read will help you love reading with your kids, from birth through the teen years. I will be revisiting this in the future.
  • Faith Hough
    Sometimes when I sit down to write, I wonder, "What's the point of writing if I'm just preaching to the choir?" Then I read a book for which I am the choir...and I remember how much I need reminders and encouragement and inspiration even about the topics dearest to my heart. The Read-Aloud Family is one of those books.Sarah Mackenzie may not have had to sell me on the idea of reading aloud to my children as a way of fostering connection and delig...
  • Megan
    From host of the Read-Aloud Revival podcast Sarah Mackenzie, The Read Aloud Family is one mom’s appeal to the heart of all parents on the primary importance of creating a read aloud culture in families. Written in a voice that sounds like a conversation over the kitchen table with a friend, the book is organized into three sections: the first explaining why reading aloud with children is so vital, the second dispelling myths and giving practica...
  • Charissa
    I absolutely loved this book! As a person who loves to read, both for myself and with my kids, I found so many things to relate on regarding the joys of reading. I felt encouraged and inspired all throughout my reading of this book and excited about this wonderful reading journey that my kids and I are on together. I also appreciated all the great book suggestions at the end of the book, which are categorized into age groups. Lots of really neat ...
  • M W
    I didn't need to read this book because reading is already such a huge part of our life and I see the power of reading aloud firsthand every day, but I would consider buying a copy of it to lend out to people. Like my friend whose stepchild might be medicated because she's not having enough interest in reading but maybe she just needs to learn that books are wonderful or those people I see in the library telling their kids they can only choose on...
  • Brittany
    This was mostly good and easily digested, but I think Sarah Mackenzie is a bit of a book snob. She recalls the memory of taking her one-year-old daughter to the library and leaving empty handed because there was nothing "worthy" of their choosing there. She also describes early readers as "boring" and recommends not reading them aloud. I understand that she desires deep, meaningful experiences with her kids while reading aloud, but credit needs t...
  • Jessica
    I could not put this book down. If you have kids of any age, there is something in this book for you. I have been reading aloud to my daughter almost every night since she was born, but I found so many insights and concepts that will help me improve the experience for both of us. And this book is worth its price for the reading aloud lists alone.
  • Lisa Jacobson, Club31Women
    I’d say I’ve read and collected quite a few books “in this category” and so anticipated this would be much like them. And yet I somehow found this such a fresh and inspiring read! Even after all these years (and 20+ years of homeschooling), this was a compelling read with new recommendations I’ve not come across before. Top marks!!
  • Sarahelisabeth
    This is a book that I will probably return to again and again. The book lists and questions to use to discuss books with children are particularly worthwhile as well as the chapter around having a book club atmosphere at home. I think that Sarah goes too far about the moral benefits of books but otherwise the book is worth a read and a place on the bookshelf.
  • Ashley Unverferth
    “If we tell them enough stories, they will have encountered hard questions and practiced living through so many trials, hardships, and unexpected situations that, God willing, they will have what they need to become the heroes of their own stories.” With refreshing clarity, wit, and heart, Sarah Mackenzie has written a book for generations to come. This gem of a book lays the rails for why we should read aloud to our children and then goes in...
  • Melanie
    I absolutely loved this book!!!!! I have been following Sarah Mackenzie and the read aloud revival for a while and this book is phenomenal. It is the perfect resource for successfully creating your own read aloud family. The first part of the book is full of amazing tips and tricks when it comes to reading aloud. These include things such as how to set yourself up for success, how to pick books, and hope to talk about books. The last part of the ...
  • Katelyn
    I appreciate how much important information I got from this book. My favorite points are: that the biggest benefit of reading is connecting with your kids, and to sprinkle reading aloud throughout the day. I've started reading aloud at any point during the day, not just at bedtime, and it especially helps put us on better footing when we're having a tough time.Here are my notes of what I learned:The Read-Aloud Family by Sarah MackenzieImportance ...
  • Stephanie
    Most of this is just common sense, but we don’t stop to be intentional about reading aloud to our kids unless we take it in. I really enjoyed Mackenzie’s hopeful, conversational style. She makes even a pessimist like me think that there is hope. Then I try to have reading time again, and I get groans.sigh. Some of the ideas I hadn’t heard before but hope to keep with me from this book(a practice she encourages you to think about as you crea...
  • Stephanie
    If you want to have the very *best* of the Read Aloud Revival content in one handy book ~ this is for you. I am a huge fan of RaR, and have gleefully devoured just about everything Sarah puts out--the knowledge she has gifted the world regarding the why's/how's/delights of "reading-aloud" is pure treasure, and it's all here. If you follow her closely, this book will be a reference tool for you. Quickly access her "10 questions" for book discussio...
  • Aberdeen
    So I know it might seem weird that I, a 19-year-old, am reading a book primarily geared toward parents, but there's a pretty simple explanation: books. It's about reading! With lots of book recommendations! Of course I'm reading it!But seriously, my parents reading aloud to me and my siblings are some of the best memories I have, and I'm all for something that will help as many other people as possible have that same wonderful experience. Plus, e...
  • Jan
    4 StarsI really appreciated the fact that she included lots of quotes from The Read Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease as well as others who have contributed to the subject. And the author worked hard to choose books that are especially good for reading aloud. I'm definitely adding it to my top five to ten books on the subject (The Read Aloud Handbook & Honey for a Child's Heart are still my top two 😊). The only two problems I have with it are 1) ...
  • Lisa Penninga
    “We read in the hope that our children will feel the heartbeat of a hero thrumming within them and look to the Heavens and ask, “What great thing have I been created to accomplish?” This book was recommended to me not only as a mom who wants to create passion for reading in my boys, but also as a teacher and how it can challenge what We English teachers do to reading in the classroom. I highly recommend it to parents and teachers- “ a sen...