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Apr 25 2018

CTLP Episode 62- The Read-Aloud Difference with Sarah MacKenzie


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Show Notes-

This week on Cultivating the Lovely, MacKenzie chats with Sarah MacKenzie, host of the Read-Aloud Revival Podcast. Sarah is a wife and mother of six, including 4 year old twin boys. She also runs the Read-Aloud Revival membership site and just launched her second book, The Read-Aloud Family. In this episode of CTL, MacKenzie and Sarah talk all about her new book as well as other topics related to reading aloud with your family.

  • How The Read-Aloud Family became a manifesto on connecting with our children and nurturing our family relationships through reading aloud
  • What you can expect to find in the book:
    • First section of the book is all about the benefits of reading aloud
    • Second section is dedicated to the practical, nitty-gritty strategies for making reading aloud happen
    • Third section is a list of read aloud recommendations divided up by age


  • The work to prepare for writing the book and compiling the book lists
  • How to quickly choose books to read aloud with your family when you haven’t already read them:
    • Read the first page, as well as few more paragraphs about a third of the way through, then ask a few questions:
      • Can I close my eyes and visualize what I just read?
      • Does this have excellent vocabulary?
      • Am I curious to know what happens next?
  • How to deal with a book that has content you weren’t ready to discuss with your kids
  • Questions to ask your kids in order to spark conversation on big ideas


  • Not over-analyzing what the author might have intended in writing a book but being humble and taking the story as it is
  • What has helped Sarah become confident in her convictions about relationships and reading aloud 
  • Reading for enjoyment over reading for academic progress
  • Remembering that connection can happen over stories, no matter what the form of education or what stage of life your family is in

Current Lovelies-

Sarah: putting down her phone more and intentionally more present and noticing things around her

MacKenzie: getting out her favorite pretty planner supplies to add a little more lovely to her day

Resources Mentioned-


The Read-Aloud Family


Parenting Great Kids with Dr. Meg Meeker

What Should I Read Next? with Anne Bogel

Ann Kroeker, Writing Coach


The Notebook

The Man Who Invented Christmas

Find Sarah-

You can find Sarah on her podcast, Read Aloud Revival. You can also find Sarah on her website, as well as across social media on Facebook and Instagram.

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