Today is World Read Aloud Day! The benefits of reading aloud to children are seemingly countless and immeasurable. However, those who measure have done their best to measure those benefits, and the consensus says reading aloud to children is good for them intellectually and emotionally.
“Compelling research from both the education and medical fields has shown us its importance for parent-child bonding as well as language and literacy development,” wrote Pam Allyn, senior vice president of innovation and development at Scholastic Education.
Allyn is so committed to the benefits of reading aloud that she pioneered World Read Aloud Day in 2010 through her organization, LitWorld.
What Is World Read Aloud Day?
World Read Aloud Day was founded “as an opportunity for people all around the globe to celebrate the joy of reading aloud, and advocate for literacy as a fundamental human right that belongs to everyone,” according to the World Read Aloud website.
Where Is World Read Aloud Day?
World Read Aloud Day is celebrated across the globe. Last year, World Read Aloud Day was celebrated in 170 countries with millions of people taking part.
Why Do We Celebrate?
Reading aloud “is a prescription for lifelong success for the child and a dose of deep well-being for the family,” Allyn says, and she is committed to sharing the message and encouraging families to read together.
In 2014, the American Academy of Pediatrics began encouraging parents to read to their children from birth. The organization said reading aloud helps babies gain early language and literacy skills while building a strong bond between the parent and the child.
The message seems to be having an impact! More parents are now reading aloud to their babies and their young children, according to research from Scholastic.
In 2014, 30% of parents said they read to their babies under three months. In 2018, 43% said they read to their babies under three months old.
At the same time, 73% of parents in 2014 said they read aloud to their children before their child was a year old. By 2018, that number jumped to 77%.
There’s room for growth, but the numbers are trending up!
How to We Celebrate?
There are plenty of ways to celebrate World Read Aloud Day, but at its most basic, simply read aloud.
Here are a few other ways to celebrate:
— Print off these free printable bookmarks from LitWorld. Color them, share them, and use them.
— Print these World Read Aloud Day stickers, and share them with friends.
— Read aloud to your children and their friends. Offer to read aloud at your child’s school. LitWorld offers some read aloud tips for wherever you’re reading aloud.
— You can also participate in World Read Aloud Day on social media by creating and sharing videos of you reading aloud.
What are you doing to celebrate World Read Aloud Day?