Last year, 40,000 people joined in the first World Read Aloud Day. Will you be a part of this celebration on Wednesday? What better way to honor the power of words to change the world than to read aloud to children? You don’t have to join the crowds in Times Square for the 24-hour readathon. You can have your own event — in your classroom, in your library, in your bed with your child snuggled beside you.
World Read Aloud Day springs from LitWorld, headed by literacy advocate and author Pam Allyn, in an effort to build a world that nurtures reading. One of the group’s many literacy initiatives is the creation of this international celebration “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.”
Reading aloud is fun, but it’s much more than that. We can all take part in building a more just and literate world. Person by person. Book by book. Word by word.