One of my favorite events every year is LitWorld's World Read Aloud Day! This year we are celebrating on February 1. 2019. We plan to celebrate throughout that entire week….January 28-February 1, 2019.
Over the last 9 years, I have read, celebrated, learned, connected and created with others around the world in honor of World Read Aloud Day, literacy and reading aloud.
The best part of World Read Aloud Day for me are the connections that libraries and school communities make with other children, teachers, librarians, authors, illustrators and friends globally.
We have Skyped with our friends in Iowa, Georgia, Chicago, Florida, Philadelphia, New York, Texas, Connecticut, Australia, China, Oman and others around the world.Whether it is listening to them read, reading a book together, or singing along to the words, the celebration of reading aloud is what we lift up on this day.
At Van Meter School, we have connected with several of our favorite authors over the years, including Robert Forbes, Seymour Simon, Tom Angelberger, Cece Bell, Erica Perl, Donna Gephart, Laurel Synder, Jesse Klausmeier, and many others. I can't wait to start planning and collaborating on who we will have Skype into visit and read aloud with our students and community this year.
As you and your school community plan World Read Aloud Day, Andy Plemmons, Matthew Winner and myself have created a Google Document for all of us to start making plans with others around the world.
If you are interested in connecting with others on this day, please add your name, contact info, occupation, school, location, schedule, and ideas to the information below. To support our connections, let’s group our schedules by time zones. If your timezone is not represented, please add it as a heading and we will update the table of contents. Look for others to connect with and sign up on their schedules too. Be sure to use your name and contact information when you sign up on others’ schedules.
The World Read Aloud Day 2018 Google Doc can be found here.
And you can register for the official World Read Aloud Day here on the LitWorld site.
They will be posting the 2019 WRAD resources soon....I can't wait.
Also, we have created a place to share ideas, inspiration and what has worked over the last several years. One way to bring these ideas and inspiration to everyone, we started a Padlet. Check out the Padlet here.
Please us know if you have any questions on how WRAD Google Document works. We are happy to help.
Have fun and get connected for World Read Aloud Day this year. And remember to use #WorldReadAloudDay when sharing on social media.