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LitWorld’s “World Read Aloud Day” on March 6th

World Read Aloud Day is only a few days away and we are having a wonderful time making plans.
Read Aloud YouTube is a brief video clip that explains the day!
I just love this video and it says it all….
World Read Aloud Day Is Coming!
On March 6th, thousands of people from all over the world will come together to celebrate and bring awareness to literacy as a human right.
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.
World Read Aloud Day creates a community of people who are advocating for every child’s right to learn to read and technology that will make them lifelong readers.  Everyone can change the world by “Reading It Forward” with loved ones or new friends.  We can create a ripple effect that resonates around the world with the power of story and shared words.
LitWorld, the organization that founded World Read Aloud Day, offers free downloadable activity kits full of ideas for children, teens, families, educators and professionals at the World Read Aloud Day Activities page.
On this page, you can even download this adorable little book New Day, New Friends by C. Alexander London.  It is a wonderful story to share with children any day.
I am so excited to be part of the Social Media WRADvocate Team, along with other awesome friends.  We will be sharing our experiences and ideas on the World Read Aloud Day Blog and on Twitter.
One of the best parts of World Read Aloud Day are the connections that we make with other children, teachers, librarian, authors, illustrators, and friends from around the world.  If it is listening to them read, reading a book together, or singing along to the words….the celebration of reading aloud is what we lift up on this day.
This year several of our favorite authors, including Seymour Simon, Tom Angelberger, Cece Bell, Erica Perl, Donna Gephart, Laurel Synder, Jesse Klausmeier, and a few others will be Skyping with us and reading aloud to our students.  Our friends at Mackin, Rosen Publishing, BiblioNasium, Symbaloo, and Mark Moran, founder of FindingDulcinea, will read their favorite books.
We will be Skyping with our friends in Iowa, Georgia, Chicago, Florida, Philadelphia, New York, Texas, and Connecticut.  During one of our visits to a school in Florida, we will be having a little “Pig Party” including farm themed books and eBooks, and a special Iowa friend named Bacon, who is a pot-bellied pig.  At the end of the day, our “Somewhat Virtual Book Club” will be gathering together for our monthly book club.  This is a group we started two years ago with our secondary students in several different schools throughout the United States.
We hope you will all join us in celebrating literacy on March 6th for World Read Aloud Day. Please register for World Read Aloud Day and bring your children, family, students, teachers, friends, parents, community, network, work place, church and the world along.
We can’t wait to hear how you are going to celebrate.  You can connect with LitWorlds on Twitter at @litworldsays and by using the hashtag #WRAD13 for World Read Aloud Day.  Also, on the LitWorld Facebook page. Please let us know.
Reading aloud to the ones we connect with everyday is one way to make this difference.
Join the Movement.  Read Aloud.  Change The World.