Read Aloud. Change the World!
Celebrate “World Read Aloud Day” with your children.
World Read Aloud Day on February 1st 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. World Read Aloud Day is celebrated by millions of people in more than 100 countries thanks to people like you who participate and spread the word across the globe!
Studies show that literacy is the foundation for emotional and physical well-being, intellectual growth, and economic security. Furthermore, reading aloud improves listening skills, vocabulary acquisition, and the understanding of common story themes and structures that will factor into children’s future success. Use the tips below to create a powerful, memorable read aloud experience.
• Read the book beforehand to familiarize yourself with the story. Make note of places you want to stop and ask questions.
• Be animated! Change your voice during the read aloud to match the expressions of the characters and emotions of the story; this will truly bring the text to life.
• Use different voices for different characters so that children come to recognize dialogue within a text and individual character traits.
• If your book has a lot of text, try a story walk instead of reading every word. A story walk is when you summarize what is happening on each page while pointing to the illustrations to help explain the action.
• Ask questions out loud as you read. Ask listeners to predict what will happen next, how they would feel if they were in the story, or the meaning of a vocabulary word that might be new. Limit your questions to one or two so they do not disrupt the flow of the story.
• After you finish the story, have a conversation that focuses on connecting the text to the listeners’ lives and experiences.
Visit http://www.litworld.org/wrad for more information.