RAR #121: Kate DiCamillo on Reading Aloud for Connection

01.29.2019 - By Read-Aloud Revival

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I 've got a new favorite episode of the Read-Aloud Revival podcast. It's no wonder, because in this episode, I'm having a conversation with Kate DiCamillo on reading aloud for connection.

There is so much packed into this conversation.

In this episode, you'll hear:

what Kate really thinks when we ask our kids "what did the author mean?"how books help us jump into the Great Conversation ("unwittingly", as she says)that stories are smarter than their authors... and what that means for readers

Listener Guide

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1:28 Reading aloud with kids in school5:35 Kate DiCamillo is here!9:29 'Same side of the table'10:54 In a new light12:03 Trying to get to the table15:12 How we talk about books18:45 Not getting in the way of the story25:11 The Great Conversation28:19 Themes and stars32:02 Microscopes, telescopes and flashlights34:21 Character wants versus needs36:16 More Mercy37:10 Writing advice39:01 A coffee invitation41:01 Let the Kids Speak

Links from this episode:

RAR #81: Eavesdropping on the Soul, a conversation with Katherine PatersonRAR #34: Reading Aloud Around a Traditional School ScheduleKate DiCamillo on The Magic of Reading Aloud - PBS.orgKate on FacebookAndrew Peterson musicRAR #56: What's at Stake and Why Stories Matter, Jonathan Auxier

A quote to remember:

"Reading aloud ushers us into a third place, a safe room. It’s a room where everyone involved: the reader and the listener, can put down their defenses and lower their guard. We humans long not just for story, not just for the flow of language, but for the connection that comes when words are read aloud. That connection provides illumination."

- Kate DiCamillo

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