Sarah Mackenzie's book has been languishing on my TBR pile since I purchased it when it was first published. It's a great book with which to kick off the new year because it certainly should inspire families to read aloud to their children.
In my case I feel like Mackenzie is preaching to the choir. I have long believed in the importance of reading aloud to my kids, and although my two older daughters are in high school and don't have much free time to engage in family read alouds, my middle schooler is still read to nearly every day.
This book not only talks about the importance of reading aloud, but backs it up with data and research. Mackenzie provides lists of books for all ages and provides some anecdotes from her own family and from some others that she knows from her podcast, The Read Aloud Revival.
Honestly, much of the time I was reading I was either nodding my head in agreement or kicking myself for not having written this book myself. I didn't think Mackenzie's book provided me any new information I wasn't aware of; she just reaffirmed what I have always believed.
This is a great first non-fiction book for 2019, and it left me with some food for thought and several new-to-me title I can add to my TBR list.
I'd press this in to the hands of any parent - new or not-so-new - and hope they took the message to heart.