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:
- How to Choose Read Aloud Books: Babies to Third Graders – from Reading Rockets
- Making the Most of Reading Aloud: Practical Strategies for Parents of Young Children – from PBS Parents
- Read Aloud – a collection of recommended book lists organized by age group, theme or season from What Do We Do All Day (scroll down the page)
- Read Aloud Favourites – from Vancouver Public Library
- Read Aloud Guide 2018 – from LitWorld
- Reading to Differently Aged Children at the Same Time – from What Do We Do All Day