Monday, March 27, 2017

The Book Blab Episode 12: The Joy of Reading Aloud

Yay! Time for a new episode of The Book Blab! This month, we talk all about reading aloud, mostly to our kids. Amy's the expert on this topic, so most of the episode is me asking questions and gleaning from her wisdom. But even if you don't have kids, we still talk about how reading aloud is a great relationship builder with anyone in your life. Thanks for watching! (Oh, and don't forget to tell us all about your favorite books to read aloud in the comments.)

0:24 - The topic of this episode: How to make reading aloud a part of your family
0:58 - Reading aloud can be enjoyed by anyone of any age
1:58 - Why is reading aloud so important?
  • 3:38 - Great relationship builder
  • 4:51 - Navigate difficult topics
  • 5:30 - Physical closeness
7:15 - Tips and tricks for making reading aloud work in your family
  • 7:25 - How to make time/fit in reading aloud
  • 10:50 - How to manage different ages/levels/interests
  • 13:25 - How to pick interesting books to read aloud
  • 17:00 - How to keep kids engaged while reading aloud (quiet activities)
20:35 - When is an appropriate age to begin reading aloud chapter books?
23:42 - A few fun read-aloud recommendations
31:50 - Two favorite read-alouds from our own childhoods:
  • 32:15 - Suzanne's recommendation
  • 34:30 - Amy's recommendation
37:15 - Conclusion and reminder: Mini-book club next episode: The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill

The Read-Aloud Revival with Sarah MacKenzie (podcast and website)
All-of-a-Kind Family by Sydney Taylor (Amy's review
The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary (Suzanne's review)
Henry Huggins series by Beverly Cleary (Amy's review)
Ramona Quimby series by Beverly Cleary (Amy's review)
The Chocolate Touch by Patrick Skene Catling (Amy's review)
Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren (Amy's review
Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl (Amy's review)
By the Great Horn Spoon by Sid Fleischman (Amy's review
Owls in the Family by Farley Mowat (Amy's review)
Charlotte's Web by E.B. White (Amy's review // Suzanne's review)
Flat Stanley series by Jeff Brown (Suzanne's review)
Rascal by Sterling North (Amy's review)
Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
Summer of the Monkeys by Wilson Rawls
Little Britches series by Ralph Moody


  1. A topic that's near and dear to my heart! :) One of my favorites from growing up was "My Father's Dragon," by Ruth Stiles Gannett. I've read it to all my kids now--though I may need a re-run for the youngest. Not sure he would remember it!
    We also love the "Tumtum and Nutmeg" books by Emily Bearns (a series of 6 or 7), and "McBroom's Wonderful One-Acre Farm," + sequel by Sid Fleichman.

    1. Thanks for these recs, I'm definitely going to have to look into them. My Father's Dragon sounds perfect for us!

  2. My favorite read aloud memory is Ann Marie reading Junie B. Jones books on Sunday evenings in our college apartment to anyone who wanted to listen. Oh we laughed so hard! As a mom, Junie B. was a little too rascally for my impressionable Kate (when she was 4).
    Besides Harry Potter and Magic Tree House, our "read alouds" now are audio books in the car on vacations or around town. This past spring break we listened to Ella Enchanted and Indian in the Cupboard (both for older audiences, but Andrew liked them too). We've also done Wizard of Oz, Little House on the Prairie, Winnie the Pooh, Beverly Cleary, Roald Dahl, EB White.

    1. What a perfect Sunday evening tradition for college roommates! Although Junie B. doesn't seem like the most obvious choice for freshman girls, I can just picture Ann Marie reading these and it being hilarious. Thanks for the other recs, some good classics there. We haven't tried audio books with Josh yet, but we have plans to try them out on road trips this summer.