We’re catching up with football champion, bestselling author of My Very Favorite Book in the Whole Wide World, and literacy advocate Malcolm Mitchell, who is teaming up with Scholastic and LitWorld to celebrate World Read Aloud Day on February 3, 2021!
To ensure even more children have access to read-aloud books, Scholastic is donating 10,000 books to Malcolm Mitchell’s Share the Magic Foundation, which will be distributed to kids through Malcolm Mitchell’s Fourth Annual “READBowl” Global Reading Competition, happening now for kids in grades Pre-K–8.
To learn more about World Read Aloud Day, and to access free digital resources, including a special read-aloud video message from Malcolm, a list of 30 read-aloud titles, printable activity sheets and how-to craft projects inspired by beloved children’s books, reading materials, coupons, and shareable social media graphics, visit the Scholastic World Read Aloud Day website, here: www.scholastic.com/worldreadaloudday
Read the full Q&A below to find out what Malcolm enjoys about reading aloud, and how he’s celebrating World Read Aloud Day this year.
What is your favorite read aloud memory?
Malcolm: “My favorite read aloud memories were generated in adulthood. Once I experienced the joys and triumphs of reading I wanted to shout its wonders to the world. For the last ten years I’ve read aloud to over ten thousand different children. Each moment is my favorite.”
What are you most excited about for World Read Aloud Day this year?
Malcolm: “The idea that people around the world are connecting through this empowering activity elates me. The world joining together to read to the future, what a pleasant idea.”
What does read aloud time look like with your family?
Malcolm: “Clean bodies, cozy pajamas, warm voices, and a fresh book.”