Today (March 5th) is World Read Aloud Day for 2014! Today is a simple celebration of the opportunities we have to read and to raise awareness of how powerful reading aloud to all children can be.
World Read Aloud Day Resources
Not sure what World Read Aloud Day is? Check out these two great resources:
- “Read Aloud. Change the World.” – an article on The Huffington Post from World Read Aloud Day founder, Pam Allyn
“The message is powerfully clear: Reading aloud to children can close the word gap. Children who grow up as readers become engaged citizens of the global world, and every child deserves that right to read.”
- World Read Aloud Day was founded by LitWorld, a nonprofit organization. They have a great site with resources here.
Five World Read Aloud Day Activities
- Read a favorite book with your children, then complete accompanying learning activities. Many librarians, teachers, and homeschoolers have blogs with book-based activities. We have some book-based activities here on this blog, and you can also search through my Book-Based Education Activities board on Pinterest for ideas from all over the web.
- Search online for videos of readers and writers reading aloud. Librarian Mr. Schu has several videos linked on this post of his. (Follow Mr. Schu on Twitter for lots of great reading and #kidlit resources, too!) LeVar Burton reads poems from I Am A Book in this video. (If you can’t see the video below, click on this link.)
- Take your child (or family member) to a library. Let them pick out a few books to read aloud together right then and there!
- Combine the senses while reading aloud. Bake recipes from favorite books. Engage visual creativity by responding to read alouds with art. Act out the events of a favorite picture book scene. Set a poem to music.
- After reading aloud, have your child (or student) create his or her own story. You can use a tutorial like this one to make fold a mini-book.
Of course, reading aloud with your family is for everyday, but it sure is fun to celebrate it and spread the word today, too!
How are you and your family celebrating World Read Aloud Day?
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