When I was little, one of my favorite things in the world was listening to my beloved mom Dorothy read aloud to us. It’s a joy every child should know. That’s why I love the whole idea of World Read Aloud Day, which is coming up on February 5. On that day, children, families, and educators around the globe will celebrate World Read Aloud Day with classroom and community events aimed at sparking children’s love of words.
As part of an ongoing effort to encourage reading aloud to kids of all ages, the global literacy non-profit LitWorld calls attention to the importance of reading aloud and sharing stories. Research from Scholastic Kids & Family Reading Report™ found that a majority of children ages 6–17 from the U.S., U.K., Australia, India, and Canada reported they love (or loved) read-aloud time at home because “it’s a special time with my parent,” yet many parents stop reading aloud to their children as they get older.
Now in its ninth year, on February 5, World Read Aloud Day will celebrate the pleasure of reading aloud. Millions of people — including children, parents, teachers, and librarians — celebrate World Read Aloud Day annually in all 50 U.S. states, and more than 100 countries worldwide. Individuals who want to participate can register online at litworld.org/wrad. Authors visit classrooms in-person and via video chat to read their work to students of all ages. Schools, communities, and households around the world host book-related festivities, including assemblies, community marches and read-aloud events in a variety of public and private places.
To learn more about World Read Aloud Day, visit: LitWorld.org. What a wonderful event! Let’s keep reading alive as we all write on!
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