We spotted something really neat and wanted to share it. LitWorld’s annual World Read Aloud Day is coming up on March 7th.
“World Read Aloud Day is about taking action to show the world that the right to read and write belongs to all people. World Read Aloud Day motivates children, teens, and adults worldwide to celebrate the power of words, especially those words that are shared from one person to another, and creates a community of readers advocating for every child’s right to a safe education and access to books and technology.” ~ from the LitWorld website
Last year, a bunch of children’s book authors volunteered to read aloud via Skype to classrooms and libraries around the globe for free.
This year, numerous authors are once again volunteering their time to read aloud to classrooms and libraries all over the world over Skype. We support this 100% and we want to spread the word to our Skype in the classroom community and other Skype fans.
For example, we heard about this school in Minnesota that Skype called Barbara Gail Techel, the author of two books about her dog, who moves around using a doggie wheel chair. We love how Skype enables classrooms to reach out to authors and experience something they normally wouldn’t be able to.
If you’d like to have an author visit your classroom or library for World Read Aloud Day, here’s further instructions on this helpful blog featuring authors and how to reach them.
Also, if you can’t organize a classroom reading, you can still make an impact by picking up a children’s book and reading aloud to your son or daughter, niece or nephew or grandchild. If you aren’t nearby, you can still read to them over a free video call wherever they might be.
lllustration by Tom Nick Cocotos