World Read Aloud Day, always held on the first Wednesday of March, falls on the 5th this year. Last year more than one million people participated in this movement established by LitWorld, a wonderful non-profit organization that celebrates the power of word and story and promotes global literacy through their many worthwhile campaigns.
LitWorld advocates for every child’s right to a safe education and access to books and technology. Literacy is the foundation for emotional and physical well-being, intellectual growth and economic security. Yet, 793 million people cannot read. Join me in marking this day by reading aloud or taking action on their behalf. Let’s imagine a world where everyone can read.
The many benefits of reading aloud have been well documented. Did you know that reading aloud to children every day puts them almost a year ahead of children who do not receive daily read alouds regardless of parental income, education level or cultural background?
We all know that small actions can make a difference. So what can you do? As a first step, I encourage you to visit LitWorld’s resource-filled website. You can download free activity and event planning kits replete with creative recommendations and ideas for the classroom, community, home and even the office. You’ll find appealing read-aloud suggestions for every age, strategies for making the most of your reading experience and even a picture book you can download.
A fundraising guide shows you how you can mobilize your community and further support LitWorld’s global programs by participating in the Reading Minutes Challenge. Share your efforts on social media.
Read to one person or to a group. Read to a baby or a senior citizen. Read in person or via Skype. Read non-fiction or poetry. Read at home or launch an Open Mic night. Just read.
On March 5, I am hosting a story time at Curt’s Cafe in Evanston for toddlers and pre-schoolers at 10 a.m. There are so many great books to choose from, but I think I’ll read Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? (or anything by Eric Carle), Knuffle Bunny (or anything by Mo Willems), Froggy Gets Dressed, a Pete the Cat book and perhaps, Snowmen at Night (if there’s still snow on the ground). What will you be reading?
Welcome to the 33rd Kid Lit Blog Hop where twice per month (the 1st and 3rd Wednesday) we continue to develop a dynamic and engaged community of children’s books bloggers, authors, publishers, and publicists. So, you are always more than welcome to join us by popping in a post and hopping around to meet some of your fellow Kid Lit bloggers and authors!
We are pleased to welcome Belinda Brock, a writer and blogger, as a co-hostess this week. You can find her at http://belindabrock.com. Big welcome to Belinda!
Happy Hopping everyone and enjoy the Hop!
Kid Lit Blog Hop Rules *Please Read*
1. We ask that you kindly follow your hostesses. You can follow us any way you choose (Email, GFC, Twitter, Facebook, G+, Pinterest, etc.), but we’ve added our preferences below. If you could just give us a quick “follow” or “like” that would be much appreciated! Make sure to leave us a message if you are following us (i.e., on Twitter or Facebook or on our websites) and we will be sure to follow you back. Thanks! 🙂
2. Link up any Kid Lit related post. This can be a link to a children’s book review, a discussion about children’s literature/literacy, or a post on a recently-read children’s book or one that you love from your childhood.
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* For Authors, we prefer you to link to your blog if you have one. Please link unique posts each time ~ no repeats please. *
* Make sure you include an image relevant to the POST (e.g., book cover), not your blog button or photo of yourself.*
* Feel free to link more than one post.*
3. Please visit AT LEAST the TWO LINKS directly ahead of your own and leave them some love in the form of a comment. We are trying to build a community of bloggers, readers, parents, authors, and others who are as passionate about children’s literature as we are so please CONNECT and follow any or all of the blogs that interest you! 4. If you like, grab the button above and put it somewhere on your blog, preferably the post you’re linking up. If you’d prefer, you can just add a text link back to this Hop so that others can find it and check out all these great book links! 5. It would really help us get the word out about the Kid Lit Blog Hop if you would be so kind as to tweet, share, and spread the word about the Hop!
Interested in co-hosting the Kid Lit Blog Hop? Please email renee @ motherdaughterbookreviews (dot) com and put Co-Hosting Blog Hop in the subject line.
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