On February 1, LitWorld and Scholastic teamed up to host World Read Aloud Day (WRAD) – an advocacy day that calls attention to the importance of reading aloud and sharing stories. This year we celebrated WRAD alongside Harry Potter Book Night, a time when fans around the world celebrate J.K. Rowling's beloved book series, making it the biggest and most magical event to date!
People all over the world joined in to celebrate the day and shared special read aloud moments on social media using #WorldReadAloudDay and #HarryPotterBookNight. Here are just some of our favorite moments:
We hosted a Facebook Live with Pam Allyn, Founder of LitWorld, where she shared a few of her top read aloud tips and read from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone – which can be found here.
Governor Kay Ivey (Alabama)
Today is #WorldReadAloudDay & I encourage every mom, dad, older brother or sister, teacher or friend to take the time to read with a child. Reading aloud daily is one of the most effective ways to help children become successful readers. @Scholastic pic.twitter.com/hn9dZ43wbc— Governor Kay Ivey (@GovernorKayIvey) February 1, 2018
Andrea David Pinkney
Today is #WorldReadAloudDay and the perfect day to read to someone you love! Join me, @Scholastic & @LitWorldSays to celebrate! Enjoy this cool video: https://t.co/7aAIT7tGpo pic.twitter.com/eQjfIf42Qw— Andrea Davis Pinkney (@AndreaDavisPink) February 1, 2018
My 9.6 year old & I are excited to join @litworldsays and @Scholastic today for #WorldReadAloudDay and #HarryPotterBookNight: 24 hours celebrating the transformational joy of reading aloud! Literacy is a human right—all people deserve the power to author their own lives!— Kwame Alexander (@kwamealexander) February 1, 2018
Ro Menendez (Educator)
So many beautiful crowns will be gracing the beautiful heads of our readers tomorrow for #WorldReadAloudDay ! Sarabella’s Thinking Cap provided so much inspiration ! Thanks Judy Schachner! pic.twitter.com/nTzAghEx13— Ro Menendez (@romenendez14) February 1, 2018
Jade Austin (Educator)
For more special moments from the celebration, check out #WorldReadAloudDay