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World Read Aloud Day

Adams School students celebrated World Read Aloud Day on February 7th by zooming with celebrated authors and illustrators from all over the country. This is the third year that our library and the school have participated in this program.

LitWorld founded World Read Aloud Day® (WRAD) in 2010 to celebrate the power of reading aloud to create community and amplify new stories, and to advocate for literacy as a foundational human right. Since then, World Read Aloud Day has evolved into a global movement of millions of readers, writers, and listeners from communities all across the world coming together to honor the joy and power of reading and continue expanding the definition and scope of global literacy.

Classrooms signed up in November for author spots and then read the authors’ books while teachers worked with the students to create questions, make posters and visit author websites, all to enhance the visit.

It was inspiring to hear authors share their stories and talk first hand about why they created each book.  I was so proud of the questions that students asked and one author, Susan Richmond Edwards wrote to me and said, “Thank you so much for the invitation! You were my first WRAD visit of the day, and a very special one.  I really enjoyed the intimacy of the reading where I felt that I was right there with your students. They were so attentive and had wonderful questions. The poster the children made really touched me. I appreciate your sending it to me and will treasure it.” The power of speaking to an author builds a real love of reading.

Debra Orado