“People would stand in line for days and pay hundreds of dollars if there were a pill that could do everything for a child that reading aloud does. It expands their interest in books, vocabulary, comprehension, grammar, and attention span. Simply put, it’s a free oral vaccine for literacy. ” ~ Jim Trelease
It’s a pretty regular part of many peoples childhood experience, being tucked into bed at night while our parents read us a story from our favorite books. The gentle drone of a parents voice reading out these stories filled our heads with imagination, our hearts with comfort, and our souls with a desire to see and experience more. If you remember this being an essential part of your childhood or even part of your every day, then World Read Aloud Day is for you!
History of World Read Aloud Day
World Read Aloud Day is heavily supported by LitWorld, an organization dedicated to bringing literacy to the world at large. Every year thousands of children and adults struggle with being able to read, and through their efforts, LitWorld is helping to bring the wonder of the written word to these men, women, and children. World Read Aloud Day is just one opportunity they have to do that, and in 2018 they made a move that resulted in World Read Aloud Day being even more effective and able to reach people all around the world.
2018 marks the 20th anniversary of the Harry Potter series, and they combined Harry Potter Book Night with World Read Aloud Day to help bring the wonder of reading to people everywhere by reading the Harry Potter books aloud at locations all over the world. Reading Aloud is a way to help stimulate our brains, build bonds with friends and family, and otherwise come together
How to celebrate World Read Aloud Day
The best way to celebrate World Read Aloud Day is to do exactly what it says on the tin, get a book and read it aloud. You can do this alone, with your kids, and even with your friends and family. Think about how much fun it could be to liven up your book club by doing dramatic readings of your favorite passages or most beloved pieces of poetry. Reading aloud helps build confidence in public speaking, engages the mind and helps to bring stories to life in a way that only compliments the written world. You don’t have to wait for World Read Aloud Day to do it either, open up your book and start reading aloud today!