Readers of Praxis, I am inviting you to get on board with World Read Aloud Day 2013. As you read these words, imagine if you couldn’t. Imagine if you had never read a book – ever. Scary. Now imagine a world where everyone can read – always. Glorious.
March 6, 2013, is World Read Aloud Day, an awareness day advocating for literacy as a human right, started by LitWorld, an amazing organization I have the true privilege of working with. Celebrate by reading aloud, giving away a book, or taking action in any way you can to “Read It Forward” on behalf of the 793 million people who cannot yet read or write. 793 MILLION – you read it right the first time.
On World Read Aloud Day, everyone can change the world by answering the Read It Forward call to action and reading aloud with loved ones or new friends. Read It Forward describes the ripple effect of positive change that happens through the simple act of bringing joy to another through the power of story.
World Read Aloud Day creates a community of people who are advocating for every child’s right to learn to read and to have access to books and technology that will make them lifelong readers. Get into it, join this community. Be this story.
Visit litworld.org/wrad to join the Read It Forward movement. Register your participation, and spread the word to friends, family and members of your network and rally more supporters around this movement! LitWorld offers free downloadable activity kits full of ideas for children, teens, families, educators, and professionals at litworld.org.
Check out my story of becoming a reader on the World Read Aloud Day blog.
In addition to this being obviously important because education and literacy is a right everyone should be afforded, World Read Aloud Day has this really cute logo.
Post written by Brooke Stone.