If I had a whole day with absolutely nothing to do (ha, ha!), how would I spend my time? Reading, of course!

How Reading Changed My Life by Anna Quindlen

I also love talking about literacy with other parents, so I thought I would share our favorite read aloud resources right here!

Why read aloud to our children?

My friend Veronica told me about the Read Aloud Revival podcast from Sarah Mackenzie, and I’m so thankful she did! My favorite episode is still the first one, with special guest Andrew Pudewa. His points about reading aloud to older children was both inspiring and convicting.

“It’s actually the age that children start to read aloud on their own that they most need to be read to–at a level above their decoding skills.”

–Andrew Pudewa

He goes on to talk about how children (and all of us, if we’re truthful) tend to read faster silently, skipping words and idioms that they don’t know to get more of the plot/action. When we read aloud, we must take the time to read slowly, savoring longer passages of descriptions and beautiful language.

Read Aloud Resources Round-Up | book, podcast, and blog recommendations for parents

How should we read aloud to our children?

Check out these terrific read aloud resources! (Reminder: Rolling Prairie Readers uses affiliate links at no additional cost to you. You can see our full disclosure policy here.)


  • The Read-Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease (click here)
  • Reading Magic: Why Reading Aloud to Our Children Will Change Their Lives Forever by Mem Fox (click here)
  • The Read-Aloud Family by Sarah Mackenzie (click here)
  • Give Your Child the World: Raising Globally Minded Kids One Book at a Time by Jamie C. Martin (click here)
  • The Intentional Bookshelf by Samantha Munoz (click here)

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In addition to Sarah Mackenzie (Read-Aloud Revival/Amongst Lovely Things) and Anne Bogel (Modern Mrs. Darcy/What Should I Read Next?), I recommend these blogs:

Read Aloud Resources Round-Up | We all know the benefits of reading aloud to our kids! Here are the best books and read aloud resources, blogs, and podcasts for parents.

I also have a brand-new series of helpful tips and tricks coming over the next few weeks.

Here’s what you can expect–links will be added as posts are published:

We’re building our family’s culture around books (the tagline for the Read Aloud Revival podcast), and I’d love to have your family join in the fun. I’m adding my favorite read aloud resources to this Pinterest board–let me know if you stumble across any other “can’t miss” blog posts, books, or podcasts!

Before you go, I’d love to hear your favorite read aloud resources–won’t you leave a comment?