Book #40: The Read-Aloud Family

I thoroughly enjoyed The Read-Aloud Family: Making Meaningful and Lasting Connections with Your Kids by Sarah Mackenzie. This book discusses the many benefits of reading to children, from the tiniest of age when it seems they’re not paying attention to even after they can read for themselves. It delves into the cognitive development and academic achievement reading aloud can lead to, and how read-alouds can instill a lifelong love in your children for reading. What I found most compelling was her explanation of how reading with your children builds a unique family culture and can spark meaningful discussions about a wide spectrum of issues as children grow. She also gives detailed recommendations according to age which look very helpful. Some suggestions sounded so intriguing I’ve added several to my To-Be-Read list. Mackenzie’s website has more information on reading aloud to children and booklists.

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