This year World Read Aloud Day will be on February 7, 2024. World Read Aloud Day is an annual celebration bringing attention to the importance of sharing stories by challenging participants to grab a book, find an audience, and read-aloud! Reading out loud to children is a fun way to connect with them and inspire their love for literature and imagination, while also providing developmental benefits. Are you ready for World Read Aloud Day? If you are a classroom teacher or librarian you can check out some resources and fun ways to celebrate here https://www.litworld.org/worldreadaloudday and here https://www.scholastic.com/worldreadaloudday/
Origins of World Read Aloud Day
LitWorld founded World Read Aloud Day® (WRAD) in 2010 to celebrate the power of reading aloud to create community and amplify new stories, and to advocate for literacy as a foundational human right. Since then, World Read Aloud Day has evolved into a global movement of millions of readers, writers, and listeners from communities all across the world coming together to honor the joy and power of reading and continue expanding the definition and scope of global literacy.
Participating in World Read Aloud Day
As a picture book author, I have participated in World Read Aloud Day for the past 3 years. I have shared my picture book Gertie Saves the Day with children in grades 1-5, across the United States. For many children, this is their first opportunity to meet an author and ask questions. It also fosters connections with what they are learning in the classroom with the real world. My goal is to read to as many students as I can on World Read Aloud Day.
What better way for your students to celebrate both Groundhog Day and World Read Aloud Day with a FREE read aloud of Gertie Saves the Day.
World Read Aloud Day Virtual Author Visit
The virtual read aloud is not a long, fancy presentation. It is approximately 20 minutes long and will include:
- An author and book introduction
- Gertie Saves the Day read aloud
- Time for a few questions from students
- Several fun facts about groundhogs
If you are a teacher or librarian interested in the free virtual read aloud, please contact me through my contact page. Please include the following information in your request.
- Your name and grade of the students participating
- City, State and time zone (needed for scheduling purposes)
- Possible times for scheduling the read aloud (2-3 suggested times are best)
- What platform you will be using (Zoom or Google Meet)
- A phone number where you can be reached on that day in case of technical issues.
Please note the following:
- Recording of virtual program is not allowed without prior consent.
- The host of the visit is responsible for securing the virtual visit platform (Zoom or Google Meet) and providing the link.
- An adult moderator to be present throughout the session.
- The moderator is responsible to mute and unmute students and monitor questions and responses for me.
If you are looking to implement more read aloud time this can be a great experience for your class. They will be talking about it for weeks. It is also a wonderful experience for the author to share their books and briefly speak with their readers. The best part is it is FREE!
Are you ready for World Read Aloud Day? Let’s connect!
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