World Read Aloud Day: Read Aloud & Change the World

World Read Aloud Day is celebrated February 1. Read aloud and change the world!

World Read Aloud Day (WRAD) celebrates the importance of reading aloud and sharing stories. It was created in 2010 by LitWorld, a nonprofit that encourages self-empowerment and community change through literacy. Learn more about WRAD, find read aloud resources, join the conversation, and read, read, read!

Why is World Read Aloud Day important?

  • More than 750 million adults (two-thirds of them women) lack basic reading and writing skills.
  • Reading aloud to children puts them almost a year ahead of children who do not receive daily read alouds- regardless of parental income, education level or cultural background.
  • Poorly-literate individuals are less likely to participate in democratic processes and have fewer chances to full exercise their civil rights.
  • Illiterate people earn 30-42% less than their literate counterparts.
(Global Literacy Statistics, LitWorld WRAD packet)

FREE Read Aloud Resources

WRAD activity packet

  • Download LitWorld’s WRAD Activity Packet, available as a PDF in English and Spanish. Includes event ideas, read aloud suggestions, read aloud guide, reading crown activity, World Read Aloud Day certificate, and more.
  • Browse Scholastic’s 100 Best Read-Aloud Books Countdown for title suggestions.
  • Check out the Multicultural Children’s Book Day Book Review Linkup, with more than 400 book reviews celebrating diversity in children’s literature.
  • Join/share the Read Aloud 15 Minutes Campaign. Every Child. Every Parent. Every Day. “Because when every child is read aloud to for 15 minutes every day from birth, it will change the face of education…”

Why Read Aloud?

  • Storynory provides a large collection of free audio stories for kids.  Listen to classics, fairy tales, myths, poetry and more.
  • Just Books Read Aloud offers 750 children’s books read aloud – sorted by length of book, author, narrator, category, reading level, and other languages.
  • Storyline Online features famous people reading notable children’s books (i.e., Viola Davis reading Rent Party Jazz by William Miller).  An activity guide and option to purchase the book are also available. We recommend downloading both activity guides – teachers and parents.

Rent Party Jazz

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Spread the Word

  • Share your World Read Aloud Day ideas and pictures with #WorldReadAloudDay #WRAD
  • Ask for comments of  favorite read aloud books. Tag LitWorld on Twitter (@litworldsays), Facebook (@LitWorld) or Instagram (@litworld) so that they can re-share your content with their online community.

Grab a book and find an audience. Read Aloud. Change the World!

World Read Aloud Day

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