Imagine a world where everyone can read…
This statement is the campaign call to action by LitWorld, a non-profit literacy organization and sponsor of World Read Aloud Day. Celebrated the first Wednesday of March, World Read Aloud Day (WRAD) advocates for worldwide attention to the human right of literacy and the importance of reading aloud and sharing stories. From the website:
“World Read Aloud Day is about taking action to show the world that the right to read and write belongs to all people. World Read Aloud Day motivates children, teens, and adults worldwide to celebrate the power of words, especially those words that are shared from one person to another, and creates a community of readers advocating for every child’s right to a safe education and access to books and technology. By raising our voices together on this day we show the world’s children that we support their future: that they have the right to read, to write, and to share their words to change the world.”
Last year on WRAD, 65 countries and over a million people participated in reading aloud and sharing stories. This year, WRAD is March 5. You can sign up to participate and download a WRAD calendar at: http://litworld.org/worldreadaloudday
Many teachers read aloud to their students every day. However, on March 5, 2014, reading aloud takes on a greater significance. With this in mind, Children’s author Kate Messner has pulled together a list of children’s and young adult authors who have volunteered to spend part of the day Skyping with classrooms around the world to share the joy of reading aloud! You can find more information about Kate and her efforts, and the list of participating authors, at http://www.katemessner.com/skype-with-an-author-on-world-read-aloud-day-2014. What an exciting way to share the joy of reading aloud.
Help spread the word about World Read Aloud Day and participate on March 5. Happy Reading!