Wednesday, January 20, 2016

World Read Aloud Day 2016


Do you enjoy read alouds?  Do your students and colleagues take part in shared stories? Did you know there is an ENTIRE day dedicated to the read aloud?

World Read Aloud Day 2016 is scheduled for February 24th.  An excerpt from the site explains the purpose of the day:

"World Read Aloud Day motivates children, teens, and adults worldwide to celebrate the power of words and creates a community of readers taking action to show the world that the right to literacy belongs to all people. By raising our voices together on this day we show the world’s children that we support their futures: that they have the right to read, to write, and to share their stories."

Celebrations can range from in-house events (inviting other teachers, administrators etc to read to students) to high energy days packed with read alouds.  The World Read Aloud Day site provides classroom and community toolkits (PDFs) to assist with planning the day (or even a month of discussions and activities leading up to February 24th). Back in 2013 Prairie Creek Intermediate had amazing lineup of authors who visited via Skype.  Below is the smore flyer I used to organize and promote the day.  The site also provides helpful hints for planning digital connections. For 2016 I'm aiming to top our 2013 #wrad. Students are submitting suggestions and we are using email and social media to invite authors to connect with their readers.

How will you celebrate #wrad with your community?

~ Ernie Cox