Reading to my kids is one of my favorite ways to wash away all of the parenting grime that every day brings. Bed time is tough around our house. Everyone is ready for an excellent snooze. But, getting there makes us all a little crazy, until it comes time for the story. We have a collection of Elsa Besko favorites that are all about the wonderment and imagination of a childhood filled with magic forests and other world beings. Reading these stories out loud soothes us all, gets the girls in a sleepy frame of mind and sends them off to dreamland filled with a bit of magic.
We totally get the awesomeness of reading out loud. So, we are totally stoked to celebrate World Read Aloud Day 2013 this Wednesday, March 6, with the crew at LitWorld and a huge crew of literacy organizations across Canada who are joining in. We are even making a video!
World Read Aloud Day is about taking action 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.
It’s pretty darn simple to get into the action for yourselves. Take Wednesday and make it a fun and amazing reading sort of day. Plan a trip to the library. Bust out the Dr. Seuss, Robert Munsch and other fun. Make up songs to poems. Write a story with your kids. Tell some family or make believe stories of your own too.
Here are some recommendations from LitWorld:
Are you a kid?
Host a sleepover and stay up late having a read-aloud-athon! You can all dress up as characters from your favorite books, or just get cozy in your pajamas.
Are you a teen?
Organize a book swap for all your classmates and friends. You can exchange books one for one, or sell them to one another for whatever price you choose and collect the money to donate to a local charity, or to LitWorld.
Are you an educator?
Arrange a special guest reader to visit your class, in-person or over video chat. Our WRADvocate Kate Messner can match you with a guest author at katemessner.org, or you can select your own local celebrity. How about bringing in a beloved crossing guard or the school nurse to share their literary side with your students?
Will you be celebrating at your office?
Make time during your work day to gather with colleagues and read something inspiring aloud together. Take just a few moments together to think about how fortunate we are to be able to read aloud with one another.
Will you be celebrating at home?
How about video chatting or calling a long-distance friend or family member on the phone and reading aloud with one another? Sharing stories lets us bridge continents and oceans to bring the whole world together.
You can even download an activity and reading kit HERE.
Then, be sure to check out LitWorld. This NY-based organization is doing amazing things to empower young readers everywhere!
LitWorld is a non-profit literacy organization fostering resilience, hope, and joy through the power of story.
Our programs and campaigns build self confidence, promote leadership, and strengthen children and their communities. LitWorld’s LitClub and LitCamp programming cultivate a new generation of leaders, storytellers and academic achievers, effecting change for themselves, their community, and their world. Our campaigns mobilize children and adults from around the world to advocate for literacy as a human right that belongs to all people.
Literacy is the foundation for emotional and physical well-being, intellectual growth, and economic security. The right to read and write is a fundamental human right and belongs to all people.
Worldwide at least 793 million people remain illiterate. Two-thirds of them are women. All over the world, children are hungry for learning and for the power it brings. Research shows that children learn to read and write best by writing and telling the stories of their own experiences. Yet it is rare to find safe spaces where children feel fully comfortable to do so.
LitWorld is changing that.
LitWorld stands on three core pillars: Advocacy, Education and Innovation. These pillars together create a complete approach to how we can impact outcomes for the world’s children and help them reach adulthood as readers and writers.
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