RAR #03: “Reading Aloud is Like Comfort Food”- a Conversation with Tsh Oxenreider

I’m really excited about today’s podcast! I got to chat with Tsh Oxenreider from The Art of Simple. We talked about the ebb and flow of family life and its impact on reading aloud, how her family makes reading aloud a priority even while traveling around the world, and how books are basically comfort food. :)

Reading aloud isn't just good for our children's academic scores. It's also good for their souls. Listen in to this encouraging episode of the Read-Aloud Revival Podcast.

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  1. Dani says

    We are huge fans of audio books here–never get in the car without something playing. The Little House books read by Cherry Jones are definitely a family favorite here, too! Winnie-the-Pooh is a perennial favorite with us as well. I don’t agree, however, that you need to wait until 8 or 10 to read it–Mine have all loved it from the time they are 3 or 4 and up… Of course, they do get different things from it each time we re-read it together as they get older. They see humor they didn’t before, or draw connections they didn’t yet see, but the story line has always appealed to a very broad age range. That’s the beauty of reading, though, isn’t it? We can re-read a book again and again through our lives and encounter a “new” book each time ;)

  2. Elizabeth Fern. says

    I’m loving this podcast with Tsh Oxenreider! I stopped it at the part where she talks about Winnie-The-Pooh, to come to the computer and recommend Peter Dennis’ reading of the Pooh books. It’s A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! My favorite reading of any book so far! There are several versions with different readers, but Christopher Robin Milne himself, promoted Peter Dennis as being Pooh’s ambassador. Personally, I found reading the books aloud to my kids to be a challenge…I don’t know why. I think it’s one of those books that demands character voices. It wasn’t a favorite of mine until I came across Peter Dennis’ version at the library. My 2 and 5 year old loves them because of Dennis’ voices. It’s charming and funny and is our family favorite.

    Anyways, I just thought I’d share with you and your readers as a way to thank you for all the great resources you’ve shared throughout the years.

  3. says

    Loved this episode! I will second Tsh’s recommendation of the Wingfeather books – my husband read them aloud to our oldest, then I read them aloud to both girls and now we are eagerly awaiting the release of the 4th book.

  4. Jill says

    I loved all the book selection suggestions. I’m often on the lookout for new sources for book suggestions. Thank you Sarah and Tsh!

  5. says

    A podcast ENTIRELY about books, week after week? I will be here! I found you from Tsh and I loved this podcast. Our family is huge on read-alouds, and I read a book a week or so, myself. Can’t wait to join along for future podcasts.
    Sarah M

  6. Susan says

    Hi Sarah, I’m really enjoying your podcasts. I have to agree that Winnie-the Pooh is one that older kids enjoy even more than young kids. In fact, I just very recently re-read The House at Pooh Corner to my girls, ages 9, 11 and nearly 14 and we all had a good chuckle at the antics of these lovable characters. At first my eldest thought she was getting too old for Pooh Bear and didn’t want me to read it aloud- but before I’d finished one chapter she was laughing the hardest. They are a great perennial read.

  7. Beth K says

    Hi! I recently had your blog and this podcast recommended to me (from separate sources- it took me a little while to realize they are both you!), and I’ve felt that I was really led to your message of teaching from rest. Thanks for all of your great resources!

    I’m writing in response to the library section of episode 3. Once every week or two, as a special treat (or just because I feel as though we need a change of pace:)) we pack up our school books and head to the library to “do school” there for the day! We set up on a big table in the homework section, and they get to take periodic breaks from math and spelling and such to browse and read! Our library has a cafe attached, so we always take a break and grab a sandwich for lunch while we’re there, which is an added treat!

  8. Shahnila says

    I am learning about storytelling and stumbled upon this site. It is awesome and thanks for sharing!