World Read Aloud Day

Are you ready for World Read Aloud Day?  This year World Read Aloud Day will be on February 1, 2023.  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 kids is a fun way to connect with them and inspire their love for literature and imagination, while also providing developmental benefits. If you are a classroom teacher or librarian you can check out some resources and fun ways to celebrate here and here

If you are new to my page, I am Karen Nespoli, author of the picture book Gertie Saves the Day. Gertie is a groundhog who desperately wants to win the Groundhog Day Competition. What better way for you to celebrate both Groundhog Day and World Read Aloud Day with a FREE read aloud of Gertie Saves the Day. I am also offering a free coloring activity sheet to share with your class.

gertie saves the day cover website with awards

Virtual Author Visit 

 The virtual read aloud is not a long, fancy presentation. It is approximately 15 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!

If you are ready you can click here. Let’s connect!

Requests …

I am so glad you’re here and I thank you for taking the time to read this post. I am grateful that I can share my writing journey with you. 

I’m looking forward to helping you as a children’s book writer in any way that I can. Speaking of helping — please leave a comment below and let me know what questions you have about picture book writing. 

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One last request … 

You can really help this author by leaving a book review on Amazon or Goodreads. You can leave a review for Gertie Saves the Day here or here. Two Wins for Wiley here or here.  Reviews can be as easy as 2-3 sentences and should take about 30 seconds to leave and would make a huge difference for me. Need help? Click here.

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