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February 13, 2017

Read aloud day

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wrad2017spotfinalEek! This really snuck up on me this year.  This coming Thursday, February 16, is World Read Aloud Day.  The goal of the founding  organization, LitWorld, is to encourage young people to “lead lives of independence, hope and joy.” Seriously, what more could you wish for your readers? As LitWorld says, “By raising our voices together on this day we show the world’s children that we support their futures: that they have the right to read, to write, and to share their stories.”

You may not have time to set something up by Thursday but if you don’t, please spend some time this week scheduling something. How can you celebrate this day?

  • Take your children to a reading event at the local library.
  • If there isn’t an event scheduled, find a comfy spot in the children’s section and sit down to share a book aloud.  No, you can’t be too loud but that’s okay.
  • Read at a Scout or Youth meeting.
  • If your child is in school, ask if you can come share a short story with the children.

LitWorld has a host of ideas. Check out all they have to offer here and make plans to read aloud on Thursday.

–SueBE

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February 23, 2016

Ready to Read?

Filed under: Uncategorized — suebe @ 1:59 am
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litworldWRAD16logo-web.jpgTomorrow (2/24/2016) is world read aloud day.

Sponsored by litworld.org, the goal of tis day is to help develop a community of readers and celebrate the fact that literacy belongs to everyone.

This is one of those things that should be really important to you as a children’s writer, especially if you write picture books.  Why picture books?  Because they are meant to be read out loud.

Celebrate tomorrow by reading aloud to the young reader in your life.  If your young read, like mine, is now a teen, don’t give up on reading aloud.  Welcome it when it happens but accept that it might not be a regular occurence.  How do I encourage it with my teen?

As a family, we share news stories that we found worrisome, we read bits of fascinating articles, and then there are the jokes.  We’ve always been big on sharing the funny moment with each other.

Personally, it is hard for me to imagine not being able to read.  Not everyone in my family is well-educated, but we are still a family of readers.  I know this although I don’t remember an overwhelming number of bookcases in my grandparent’s homes.  My paternal grandparents had one in the main house and one in the garage converted to a bedroom.  (Main house sounds oh so dramatic.  It was tiny and adobe.)  My maternal grandparents had two big bookcases that are now in my home.  They also had a basket in the family room full of magazines. You don’t have to have a limitless number of books to read.  You just need to do it.

Read.  Read quietly.  Read aloud.  Read to yourself.  Read to others.  Just read.

–SueBE

March 2, 2015

World Read Aloud Day

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litworldWRAD15logo-web.jpgThe first Wednesday of March — this coming Wednesday — is World Read Aloud Day.  The goal of the founding  organization, LitWorld, is to encourage young people to “lead lives of independence, hope and joy.”

Wow.  Just wow.  How can you say no to that?

That’s why I’m telling you about this today instead of waiting until Wednesday.  Why not read aloud and share the power of story with a group of young readers?  As LitWorld says, “By raising our voices together on this day we show the world’s children that we support their futures: that they have the right to read, to write, and to share their stories.”

How can you celebrate this day?

  • Take your children to a reading event at the local library.
  • If there isn’t an event scheduled, find a comfy spot in the children’s section and sit down to share a book aloud.  No, you can’t be too loud but that’s okay.
  • Read at a Scout or Youth meeting.
  • If your child is in school, ask if you can come share a short story with the children.

LitWorld has a host of ideas as well as reading kids for communities, classrooms, work sites and more. Check out all they have to offer here and make plans to read aloud on Wednesday.

–SueBE

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