World Read Aloud Day tomorrow

World Read Aloud Day tomorrow

World Read Aloud Day tomorrow

Date posted: January 31, 2018

“Spend at least ten wildly happy minutes every single day reading aloud. From birth!” – Mem Fox

This is the first commandment from Mem Fox’s Ten read-aloud commandments. It’s a great time to review these in advance of World Read Aloud Day tomorrow.  It’s an international day to read aloud together and emphasize literacy as a human right.

Why should we read aloud to children?

  • Children enjoy being read to. And, as the latest Scholastic Kids & Family Reading Report Canadian Edition shows, children enjoy it even after they have learned to read independently.
  • Reading aloud models reading with expression.
  • Reading aloud shows the connection between print and speech.
  • Reading aloud helps children develop stronger vocabularies.
  • Reading aloud exposes children to different genres and writing styles.
  • Reading aloud can develop empathy and imagination.

While these benefits are quite intuitive, there’s also research evidence on the positive effects. Here’s a selection.

Looking for read aloud tips? Here are some places to start:


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