World Read Aloud Day will be held on March 5, 2014. It is sponsored by LitWorld. If you don't know this organization, you need to. The do amazing work to support literacy around the world. The website says this about World Read Aloud Day:
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.
The last few years, I haven't been able to participate. Things were already on the calendar for those days and it was one thing I couldn't fit in. But I followed along and saw the amazing power this day had. So this year, I am committed to taking part in this day in lots of ways. I am still just thinking but there are so many options for this day. Here is what I am thinking right now:
-I'd like my focus to be on literacy as a gift. How we take our life with literacy and books for granted, but also that we can give gifts of literacy. I worry that too often our kids think that the only way to give is in a monetary or material way, but I want them to know that you can give with books. You can give story. You can read aloud to someone. You can write a letter. The power of literacy as a way to give back to the world is huge and I want to do something around that.
-I'd love to get some authors to read aloud to my class that day via Skype. They'd be thrilled to meet some of their faves that way. And I hear some of them are willing to do this. Crossing my fingers!
-I'd like to do some Family Event around World Read Aloud Day. I'm not sure what it will look like yet but I think this component is important.
-And I want my students to know about organizations like Litworld and Booklove and Reading Village--organizations that are committed to getting books into the hands of kids. My kids know how strongly I believe in literacy but I don't think they know that many people have no access to books or education. To know how many great organizations are doing things to support literacy around the world in various ways will be part of our conversation.
So, like I said, at this point, all I've done is put the date on my calendar and register. And I've started to think about how I hope this day impacts my students' learning. And how I want it to be part of our yearlong conversation around community and literacy and giving.
Have you registered yet? How will you celebrate?