It’s that special time of year to select a book, find a buddy, and read aloud!
World Read Aloud Day is happening on February 5, 2020! The worldwide event from Scholastic and the global literacy nonprofit LitWorld calls attention to reading aloud and sharing stories. Now in its 11th year and celebrated in over 173 countries, World Read Aloud Day is a wonderful reminder of the power and importance of this best practice.
An abundance of research points to how reading aloud is both beneficial and beloved. Widely-known guidance from the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends parent-child home reading beginning from birth. A landmark report also uncovered that reading aloud to children is the single most important activity for building their knowledge for eventual success in reading. Furthermore, the Scholastic Kids & Family Reading Report™: 7th Edition shows that more than 80% of both kids and parents love or like read-aloud time because they consider it a special time together.
As World Read Aloud Day approaches, it’s never too early to start thinking about which stories you’re going to share with the children in your life. Be sure to visit https://www.scholastic.com/worldreadaloudday to see beautiful, custom illustrations from the author of Say Something! and The Word Collector, Peter H. Reynolds, and access resources including book lists, a coloring sheet, a World Read Aloud Day poster, articles about the benefits of reading aloud, and more!
Leading up to February 5, and on the day itself, readers everywhere are sharing their favorite read-aloud moments on social media! Join the conversation with #WorldReadAloudDay and be sure to tag @Scholastic, @LitWorldSays and three friends so they can join, too!
Happy reading aloud!
Art © 2020 by Peter H. Reynolds