Read-Aloud Revival ®

Reviews For Read-Aloud Revival ®

This is a great addition to my life as a homeschool mom. I love that they give great book suggestions so I do not have to comb the internet or Pinterest for ideas. The majority of the work is done for me by these ladies. I just add the books to my list as I listen. Keep up the good work!
I am a homeschool Momma, and this podcast is such a joyful, bright place of wisdom and inspiration for me. I highly recommend this podcast!
Let me start by saying I don’t really like podcasts. I find them more noisy for my brain than I’d prefer on a weekly/daily basis. BUT I always come back to this podcast when I’m needing encouragement, ideas, inspiration or just commiseration. I cry a little, smile and laugh a lot. Sarah Mack, your my favorite.
Sarah is amazing and brings you into her home with this podcast. She helps show us the importance of reading aloud and brings the most amazing guests on to chat.


Thank you so much; I have been listening to your podcast for years. I was so honored to have you answer my question today. I cannot wait to share it with my high schooler. And what a thought provoking question for him and me. What is the goal. My goal is less screen and more read. My family had been so blessed by you and your team. Thank you! And love that you mentioned redeemed reader. We use that resource too! Karen Webb from Carmel, IN.
Guaranteed? Yes! Every time I listen to Sarah’s podcast I come away feeling like I can do this! I’m not alone. Sarah does a great job of helping us homeschool and prioritize books without making it feel burdensome, like another “to do.”
So helpful and encouraging! I love this podcast and the wisdom Sarah shares. Press play!
This podcast has SUCH great tips for reading with kids and how to choose great books for your family. I homeschooled my three kids for one year and we got many wonderful books with our homeschool package, but I always supplemented with the books that Sarah recommended on her podcast. And I have never been let down! Now my kids are back at public school but I still listen to the podcast for tips on new books that have been released, how to help struggling readers, how to find age-appropriate books, how to read wordless books, you name it! This is an excellent, excellent podcast. (It’s like having your own personal librarian recommend books for your child - but this librarian is really sweet and loves Jesus and is always positive!)
We are a homeschool family, and I just get so jazzed up and refilled by listening to this podcast! It’s like my “mom time” when I can’t actually get away for mom time. It has helped me refine the idea and goals for my family culture. Parenting, teaching, reading aloud, this podcast is wonderful for them all! I have relistened multiple times, and will continue to do so. I do hope that Sarah continues to be the sole hostess however, I’m not a fan of multiple commentators as a regular format.
Finding quality literature for our children can be a daunting task. Finding appropriate titles to fit your child’s reading ability and interest is an ever changing target. Sarah provides resources to assist parents in finding just the right book to capture your child’s attention.
I’m grateful to Sarah Mackenzie for starting this movement for today’s parents who are searching for an antidote to the typically “crazy busy” family style most live- a style that often leaves us drained and breathless: enter read-alouds, slowing down, appreciation for word and picture and the savoring of Family time! After years of listening to this podcast, I’ve recently joined RaR premium and am so excited to be a part of it!
This is one of my top five favorite podcasts! Every time I listen I’m encouraged, and inspired. I love all the book recommendations by Sarah and by the kids at the end of each episode. I keep My local library very busy with all of my hold requests :)
This podcast is delightful and encouraging. For any parent that would like inspiration to read aloud more with their child(ren), or recommendations of what to read, you should give this podcast a listen.
This podcast is so rich. I have lost count of the reading recommendations that I have used that have proven successful with my kids. It is not often that you find such a resource that is warm, inviting and full of richness in terms of resources all in one place. Keep up the great work Sarah and team!!!!
The author spotlight series is absolutely wonderful. I cannot wait for more. They are so beautifully written and produced deserve an award l.
This is my favorite podcast of all time. Sarah, you lift me up every time I hear your voice. I’ve read both of your books and only started listening to the podcast so I could get unlimited encouraging wisdom from you once the books were finished! Thank you for helping this frazzled homeschool mom of four find inner peace and joy in the most important areas of life. I love your approach and priorities!
Sarah Mackenzie’s podcast is my go-to listen for homeschool encouragement. She’s helped our family to develop a “book club culture” that encourages a love of books in my children, my husband, and myself. Her voice encourages me when doubts regarding homeschooling creep in. Homeschooling for us is about enjoying our children and sharing life together. I highly recommend giving this a listen.
This podcast is so pleasant to listen to! Sarah MacKenzie is encouraging, peaceful, and informative at the same time. She has changed my thoughts on homeschooling and I am so thankful. I always look forward to what she has to say! Such a blessing!
This was my favorite podcast for a long time. In the last year or so it feels more like an advertisement for her premium membership and less of what it used to be. I love the earlier episodes and there are still some great gems on here but it isn’t what it once was.
This is a podcast I wish every mom would listen to whether she is a homeschool teacher or not there is something for every mom. Thank you Sara.
As an author, speech-pathologist and mom of two young kids... I am so excited I came across this podcast! It's so wonderful that Sarah has brought this concept to the podcast world! I have always been an advocate for using books to grow great kids. My clinical training is how to use books to teach kids to talk, but as a mom, I've also realized how much books open-up conversations to *everything*!!! I love the concept of this show and can't wait to listen to more episodes! Thank you Sarah for providing us with this invaluable podcast!
Not sure what I was expecting, but this podcast has changed our lives. It has given me the inspiration to do a complete overhaul on how we homeschool and has rekindled the passion I had lost for reading aloud to my children. I can’t thank you enough for the podcast, Sarah, Courtney and Kara!
This is now my absolute favorite podcast! I did not grow up reading very much. I literally read the cliff notes versions of all the classics just to get through school. In my pursuit to teach my children to read I found this podcast and it has changed everything. As a family we now read 5 or 6 books together everyday and I’ve started reading on my own for pleasure. This podcast has opened up a whole new world for me that I never knew I could love so much. Thank you!
Sarah, thank you for making the most wonderful resources. I did not grow up in a family of readers and had zero plans of ever reading a book on my own or setting foot in a library after college. The Read-Aloud Family has been one of the most inspiring books I’ve read since becoming a mom. I only wish I’d read it sooner! Because of your incredible resources (podcast, website, book, and book recommendations), my children and I are beginning to fall in love with books together and it’s such a beautiful thing to witness and experience with them. Reading aloud to my children has been the single most impactful thing we have implemented to bring more harmony and peace into our home. Your podcast is my favorite podcast! Oh- and you totally need to get into recording audiobooks or making YouTube videos of some kids read aloud picture books. Your voice would be perfect for it!!! Thanks for all you guys do to put out some great material. You are changing lives for the better!
Episode #163 was incredibly impactful to me! It made me fall in love with this podcast all over again!
Absolutely wonderful podcast! Listening to it, I feel like I’ve found my tribe. Sarah is a fantastic host who asks interesting, thoughtful questions and then actually listens to the answers (podcast hosts often interrupt their guests which makes me crazy!) It is a Christian podcast but I find religious themes only arise every now and again and, since this isn’t my faith background, I respectfully let them pass (if you’re like me, you’ve felt alienated by a lot of Christian homeschool resources — this one feels much more inclusive!) Sarah also references homeschooling a lot but even so, every episode is a treasure trove for parents & kids no matter what their educational context may be. Overall: love love love! A must listen for all parents!
As a homeschooling mama of two, I find this podcast not only informative but also fun and inspirational. It has been a boon to our school as well as our family life in general and really lit a fire under us in the read aloud realm. Years of experience and sheer passion combine to make this one an invaluable resource for any family...or really anyone who knows children. Thanks!!
Sarah MacKenzie’s podcast was absolutely brilliant in its first episodes. I learned so much, gained many resources for great books to read aloud to my children of different ages, and was very inspired to pursue truth and beauty with my children through reading aloud. Unfortunately, I have found that I can’t listen to the recent podcasts all the way through anymore because they are filled with large, long plugs for her Read Aloud Revival Premium Membership. My family of seven simply can not afford this RAR Premium at this time, and, though I understand and respect that this podcast is a major business for Sarah MacKenzie and her family, it is disappointing to consistently hear long ads for her premium membership instead of hearing the inspiring content she used to share with everyone. I go back and listen to those fantastic first episodes from time to time (especially #44 about Fear and Magic in Children’s Books), and I am so thankful for those.
This podcast has made me LOL and cry an embarrassing number of times. The host, Sarah, and her team are virtually flawless. I’ve never NOT enjoyed an episode and I’ve binged just about all of them. She is inspiring, but in an attainable, down-to-Earth kind of way. Her interview skills and recommendations are solid and the guests are always interesting. Reading aloud would be a difficult topic for most people to make entertaining, but this podcast WON’T let you down. I can’t say enough good about it!
This is the first podcast I would send to any newbie homeschooler. Sarah Mackenzie is, hands down, the most encouraging voice in my homeschool life. Her podcasts are unfailingly helpful, fun, and enjoyable, and I leave every episode inspired. We’ve read dozens of books as a family after hearing her recommendations, and loved them all!
Thank you Sarah. You are a delight to this new homeschool mama. I want to devour all things Read-Aloud-Revival. books. podcasts. recommendation lists. ALL-THE-THINGS! Jenny in California


This is so encouraging and uplifting and has important reminders for ALL parents! Highly recommend!
What a breath of fresh air this podcast is.
I’ve enjoyed listening to this podcast, but there are so many plugs for her paid subscription/membership throughout each episode. Once per episode would be more appropriate!
I cannot say enough good things about Sara Mackenzie and the RAR podcast! I have encountered countless book recommendations (I haven’t been disappointed by one yet!!!) along with wisdom, encouragement, and educational insights! I thoroughly enjoy this podcast and my kids do as well!
This is my favorite podcast. It is insanely inspiring, and every day I listen, I am encouraged more and more. The only problem is my “to be read” list is miles long. I even dream about what new book I will find to read with my kids.
About 7 years ago I first heard Sarah Mackenzie talk about the importance of reading to your kids and it inspired me to pick up books again. As a mom of two boys who now LOVE books and story I credit a big part of that to this wonderful podcast.
I discovered Read-Aloud Revival a few weeks ago. As a grandma, it has been fun to hear book recommendations for so many picture books. As I love reading and want to ignite that in my grandchildren, Sara’s enthusiasm and knowledge of reading is a great way to keep that alive. Once I listen to as many of the podcasts as I can, I will start over!
Sarah's laughter and smile is contagious and her reading recommendations are wonderful. Finding this podcast at the outset of my homeschooling journey led me to a heavily reading based philosophy and style in homeschooling. I believe with all my heart that my little dyslexics learned to read more easily because of the many hours we have been reading aloud over the years. And Thanks Sarah, we have loved many, many of your suggestions!
Thank you Sarah and guests on The Read Aloud Revival podcast for helping me to foster my children’s continued interest in books and their love of reading. Picture book biography’s are our favorites. Barbara Rosenstock was a remarkable addition to your podcast and we look forward to reading her books. We love the podcast!!
I have always loved reading to my kids but this podcast has given me such good inspiration and great ideas of how to better incorporate this in our family! I’m thankful for the book lists, practical tips, and encouragement I receive when I listen. Highly recommend!
I don't even have kids yet but I still love this podcast! Sarah reminds me of my blissful childhood. Homeschooled, on the farm, lots of books, lots of siblings... I can't wait to pass my love of books along to my children someday!
My mom loves to listen to you a lot. 😃
My family and I love listening to The Read Aloud Revival podcast. It’s a fun burst of bookishness that I know I can listen to in the car without worrying about content. My kids and I find reading encouragement and recommendations every single time.
I have now gone back and listened to all of the episodes. Love this podcast! It has changed our family’s reading life for the better!
I’ve been listening to this podcast for years and I have literally never listened to an episode that I didn’t enjoy and from which I did not learn something. I started listening before homeschooling was even a consideration in my life and still soaked up every word and applied it to our family culture. Now that we plan to homeschool, I feel more confident than equipped through Read Aloud Revival than any other resource I’ve found. Thank you Sarah and the RAR team!
This is a great podcast to learn how to make reading enjoyable for your family.
I can’t give my kids the world but through your podcast, I am learning (and even getting comfortable) in giving them the world through reading. You have taught me so many truths and solid information on the benefits of reading. My whole goal in homeschooling is to give my children a love for reading and a love of learning. You are teaching me and I cannot seem to find the words to thank you enough! You are loved, appreciated, and prayed for my friend!
This podcast has been so encouraging and inspiring and because I’m late to the game, I can binge-listen! Yay! Thank you Sarah and friends for bringing us this information and inspiration. It is so helpful for my motherhood/homeschooling journey. I have four kids (6, 4, 15mos, and due in April). I love hearing how you applied your love for reading in the home education of your large family. This is an awesome podcast!! ❤️