World Read Aloud Day 2015
Date posted: March 2, 2015
World Read Aloud Day will be celebrated this coming Wednesday, March 4th. The first Wednesday of March is a time set aside to call attention to the importance of reading aloud and sharing stories.
Why read aloud? It’s entertaining and fun. It bonds parents and children. And, it helps develop reading skills in children.
Recently released results from Scholastic’s fifth edition of Kids & Family Reading Report found that one of the factors that predicts frequent reading for younger children is being read aloud to regularly. The following infographic summarizes some of those results.
The results indicate that independent readers still enjoy the reading aloud experience.
Because we usually think of reading aloud as an activity with younger children, it is often associated with picture books. But, for older audiences, there is a lot of longer fiction, poetry and non-fiction available for reading aloud. For example, the New York Times Learning Network has a page listing Great Read-Alouds from The New York Times. And, LitWorld, the creators of World Read Aloud Day, lists a number of titles in their planning kits for World Read Aloud Day. You can find these kits here.
There’s still plenty of time to scan your bookshelves or visit the public library or look online for something to read aloud this coming Wednesday. What will you choose?