When I was in elementary school my mother was a teacher and all her summers were spent at home with my 4 siblings and I. Although her presence during those months would be one of my greatest gifts, I dreaded waking up at the crack of dawn to read, what would become my mother’s mission during my adolescent summer months. My siblings and I were made to read everything and would read aloud, what Momma insisted was the only way the words would “stick”.
Two decades later and the words of those childhood summertime books not only stuck, but have become as much a part of me as my arms. Being encouraged to read aloud greatly influenced my eventual decision to pursue literature as my life’s purpose and path.
This year One Moore Book is partnering with the LitWorld organization for World Read Aloud Day and I could not be more thrilled and proud. March 6, 2013, is World Read Aloud Day, an awareness day advocating for 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 advocates for every child’s right to learn to read and to have access to books and technology that will make them lifelong readers.
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, the organization that founded World Read Aloud Day, offers free downloadable activity kits full of ideas for children, teens, families, educators, and professionals at litworld.org.