27: How to Read Aloud

27: How to Read Aloud

We've all heard the science that says reading aloud is the best thing we can do for our kids' development, no matter their age. But even when we understand the why, we sometimes get tripped up by the details of the how.

Join us for Creative Mama [Episode 27] as we discuss ideas for incorporating this habit into our family life without feeling overwhelmed by one more thing we "should" be doing. I share the 7 best tips I have found for making read-alouds manageable and fun.

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Little House on the Prairie Audiobooks, read by Cherry Jones. Definitely start with book 1!

OverDrive app for borrowing ebooks and audiobooks

Libby app for borrowing ebooks and audiobooks

The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy by Jeanne Birdsall

Wonder by R. J. Palacio

The Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo

The Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White

Lego classic bricks set

Play-doh, perfect for keeping little ones quietly occupied

Our favorite marker set for coloring

The best tool for making healthy microwave popcorn (our favorite reading snack)

Mr. Popper's Penguins by Richard and Florence Atwater

Mr. Popper's Penguins, the Jim Carey version

The Read-Aloud Revival Podcast with Sarah Mackenzie

The Read-Aloud Family book by Sarah Mackenzie


Blue Hat, Green Hat by Sandra Boynton

Al Pha's Bet by Amy Krouse Rosenthal (honestly, ANY books by AKR, she's hilarious)

Polar Bear's Underwear by Tupera Tupera

Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina

The Book with No Pictures by B.J. Novak

Wild About Books by Judy Sierra

Our Tree Named Steve by Alan Zweibel

I Am Jim Henson by Brad Meltzer (any of the 'I am' books in this series are excellent, but Jim Henson is our personal favorite)

Three Tales of My Father's Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett

The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street by Karina Yan Glaser

Of course, any of the Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling!


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