WSIRN Ep 49: How to help kids fall in love with reading (with Sarah Mackenzie of Read Aloud Revival)

WSIRN Ep 49: How to help kids fall in love with reading (with Sarah Mackenzie of Read Aloud Revival)


I'm so excited about today's guest! I couldn't think of a better person to kick off our special 5-day miniseries: What Should I Read Next for Kids, and Kids at Heart. We’re focusing on a variety of young and young at heart topics: children’s literature, coming of age stories, literary heroines, kid lit for grown-ups, and more.


Sarah Mackenzie is a friend, devoted reader, and Kid Lit Expert Extraordinaire. You may know her as the host of the Read Aloud Revival podcast and site, or as the author of Teaching from Rest: A Homeschooler's Guide to Unshakable Peace. Her mission is to help YOU help the kids in your life fall in love with books, and this episode will leave you feeling inspired and empowered to do just that.

You can connect with Sarah on the Read Aloud Revival website, on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Plus, make sure to check out her free read-aloud booklist!

Don't miss today's blog post: 7 tips for raising kids who love to read

Books discussed in this episode: 

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The Babysitter's Club, by Ann M. Martin
Anastasia Krupnik series, by Lois Lowry
Anne of Green Gables series, by L.M. Montgomery
Love Anthony, by Lisa Genova
Still Alice, by Lisa Genova
Inside the OBriens, by Lisa Genova
The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, by Alexander McCall Smith
Emma: A Modern Retelling, by Alexander McCall Smith
The Handsome Man's Deluxe Cafe, by Alexander McCall Smith
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz series, by L. Frank Baum
Little House in the Big Woods, by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Caddie Woodlawn, by Carol Ryrie Brink
Nobody Likes a Goblin, by Ben Hatke
The Trumpet of the Swan, by E.B. White
Charlotte's Web, by E.B. White
Stuart Little, by E.B. White
The Help, by Kathryn Stockett
The Cat In The Hat, by Dr. Seuss
Harry Potter series, by J.K. Rowling

Recommended for Avery, who loves Elephant & Piggie:
The Elephant & Piggie series, by Mo Willems
Fox and Crow Are Not Friends, by Melissa Wiley
The Pete the Cat series, by Eric Litwin
The Book With No Pictures, by B.J. Novak

Recommended for Dan, who likes Loot, The Hunger Games, and Percy Jackson
Loot, by Jude Watson
The Hunger Games series, by Suzanne Collins
The Percy Jackson series, by Rick Riordan
The 100 Cupboards series, by N.D. Wilson
The Outlaws of Time series, by N.D. Wilson
Boys of Blur, by N.D. Wilson
The Dragon's Tooth, by N.D. Wilson
The Percy Jackson series, by Rick Riordan

Recommended for Sienna, who loves the Pegasus series:
The Pegasus series, by Katie O'Hearn
The Fablehaven series, by Brandon Mull
Magyk (the Septimus Heap series), by Angie Sage
The Ruby Redfort series, by Lauren Child
The Charlie and Lola series, by Lauren Child
The Clarice Bean series, by Lauren Child
Mother-Daughter Book Club series, by Heather Vogel Frederick

Recommended for Ivy, who loves the Tuesdays at the Castle series:
The Tuesdays at the Castle series, by Jessica Day George
The Wide-Awake Princess, by E.D. Baker
The Rise & Fall of Mount Majestic, by Jennifer Trafton
Princess Academy, by Shannon Hale

Recommended for Jace, who loves Harry Potter & the Warriors series:
The Harry Potter series, by J.K. Rowling
Warriors series, by Erin Hunter
The Wingfeather Saga, by Andrew Peterson
The Mysterious Benedict Society, by Trenton Lee Stewart
The Chronicles of Prydain series, Lloyd Alexander

Recommended for Sigrid, who loves Smile and Rollergirl:
Smile, by  Raina Telgemeier
Rollergirl, by Victoria Jamieson
Sunny Side Up, by Jennifer L. Holm
Frazzled, by Booki Vivat
The Babysitters Club graphic novel series, by Raina Telgemeier

Recommended for Marin, who loves the Magic Tree House series:
The Magic Tree House series, Mary Pope Osborne
The Encyclopedia Brown series, by Donald J. Sobol
The McBroom series, by Sid Fleischman
The A to Z Mysteries series, by Ron Roy

Other authors mentioned in this episode:

Roald Dahl
Jeanette Oake
Willow Davis Rob

Brightly Gifts

Thanks to today's sponsor Brightly, a site that helps parents raise kids who love to read. 

Brightly packed with resources to help you find books your kids will love. Search for great books by age, from toddlers to teens, or by popular topics, whether you want graphic novels or diverse books or something for a kid who’s obsessed with Harry Potter. You’ll also find plenty of tips and advice to help you and your kids get the most out of your reading experience. Click here to visit Brightly online

Brightly Gifts offers imaginative age-based gifts that arrive as beautifully presented, ready to go presents that are perfect for baby showers, birthdays, holidays, and other gift-giving occasions. (Two of their beautiful offerings are pictured above.) This is a great and simple way to share the love of reading for long-distance grandparents and family members. Use the code BGHOLIDAY2016 at checkout to get 20% off your purchase plus FREE ground shipping. (Good through December 31, 2016.) Click here to visit Brightly Gifts

Tell us all about your family reading recommendations in the comments!

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  1. Pam says:

    After listening to this podcast, I gave my almost 3 year old grand-nephew the book entitled “Nobody Likes a Goblin” as a Christmas gift. My niece and her family live in a different city, and went home shortly after Christmas. Recently, at a family gathering, my sister – the boy’s grandmother – wanted to know who had gifted him this book. Apparently, it is now his bedtime favourite! When asked what he would like for his upcoming birthday, he replied “more goblin books!”. His parents have bought him more books by Ben Hatke, while I’ve purchased “The Story Book Knight” by Docherty. This book will be inscribed to him from me, so that the grand-aunt gets the coolness credits! Love your podcast, helping us raise future readers.

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