A Great Podcast About Reading to Your Kids

I came across this really helpful podcast about going from picture books to chapter books. I don't know about you, but I enjoy (good) children's chapter books so much. This is a phase I can definitely get into!

RAR #24 From Picture Books to Chapter Books and Novels, Sarah Mackenzie

I was encouraged to hear that Sarah Mackenzie struggled with reading the Little House series as one of their first chapter book reads.
We had a few bumps in the road with Little House too, and put it on hold some time during the school year for a couple of reasons. One, we just got so busy. But really, only my 6 year old was enjoying the books, and it was so hard to consistently find a big chunk of one on one time.

So, I have back tracked a little and picked some books that my 4 year old will enjoy, too. She's not super enthused about reading right now, but she is always in the room with us while we are reading. If something sparks her interest, she will run over and check in with the story. I felt like we were leaving her in the dust with Little House.

New to our "library" is James Herriot's Treasury for Children. We just finished it last week and are re-reading again it this week.

I'm learning that with reading, like everything else, I'm always having to change up how we do things to make it work.

“A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.”- C.S. Lewis


If you have any tips about reading chapter books (especially with multiple kids), please leave them in the comments. I need all the advice I can get!


  1. The Little House books are very descriptive, and sometimes in all the descriptions, it is easy for the little reader/listener to get lost and bored. Some of what the author is describing is very hard for the modern day reader/listener to even picture because it is so far removed from what we know today.

    I like to read chapter books with my daughter, who is six. We've read Charlotte's Web, and then watched the movie. That was fun. Stuart Little is another book/movie combo (we haven't done that yet). There are lists galore on Pinterest, which is how I found some fun books for this past school year. If something doesn't work out, move to another book! I only have one child, but I know that others with younger children make reading time a "quiet time" for the little ones where they can color or build with blocks on the floor while the mom reads.

  2. Ruth Brown is a good choice for illustrator. And illustrations can hook the non-reader. Inspirational post, Sarah Barry.


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