World Read Aloud Day 2020

Today is World Read Aloud Day, a day in which we are encouraged to celebrate the benefits and joys of reading aloud to one another. I spent the day reading with kids all over the country (thanks to the magic of Google Hangouts and Skype!). This morning, before things got underway, I created this comic about just SOME of the benefits of reading aloud to kids.

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You can neither be too young nor too old to benefit from (and enjoy!) being read to. It has been shown that infants just days old can benefit from being read to, and surely you know plenty of adults who enjoy (or are maybe even OBSESSED with) audiobooks. And those doing the reading aloud benefit too. For instance, it has been shown that kids can gain reading confidence and improve their skills even by reading to their dogs and cats! (Go on social media and search the hashtags #ReadToYourDogman and #ReadToYourCatkid, launched by the wonderful Dav Pilkey, to learn some more about this and see some heartwarming photos.)

How are you celebrating World Read Aloud Day? I hope it’s by reading and/or being read to!

~ Jarrett

Happy World Read Aloud Day!

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Today — February 1st, 2019 — is the 10th Annual World Read Aloud Day! But because reading aloud is worth celebrating for more than just one day, I’ve been celebrating all week, and will continue to celebrate next week, too! How? By virtually visiting classrooms and libraries all across the country (and also up in Canada!) and reading aloud to kids. All told, I’ll be visiting more than 60 schools!

You can — and SHOULD! — celebrate World Read Aloud Day, too. Just grab a friend, family member (pets included!), coworker, neighbor — or, hey, even a total stranger — and read them something. A picture book. A poem. Whatever! Why? Because reading aloud is fun, and it makes us smarter, stronger, kinder, and about a hundred other awesome things besides.

Happy reading!

~ Jarrett

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World Read Aloud Day 2018

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What. A. Day.

Today is World Read Aloud Day, and I spent it virtually visiting (via Skype) 15 different classrooms all across the country. I went to Missouri, to Illinois, to Wisconsin, to Illinois again, to New York, back to Illinois (they seem to really like me there!), up to Canada, back down to Michigan, over to New York, on to Iowa, BACK to Illinois (seriously!), and then finally way out west to California.

In every classroom, I did the same thing. Something so simple — but oh so wonderful and oh so very¬†important. I read aloud. That’s it. I cracked open a book and I read it.

Kids who are read to every day benefit enormously from the experience. This has been shown by the academics, and is proven again and again on a daily basis in schools across the country and all over the world. To be able to spend this special day reading aloud to so many kids (by my count, somewhere between 300-400!) is a true honor — and also a tremendous amount of fun.

Thank you to ALL the educators out there who make reading aloud to their students a priority, an essential part of each and every day. And thank you especially to those teachers who invited me into their classrooms to read on this wonderful World Read Aloud Day. I am filled to the brim with gratitude and joy, and feel more inspired than ever to wake up tomorrow morning and continue to do everything I can to make a positive impact on kids’ lives.

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