World Read Aloud Day

On March 9, 2011, I will be celebrating a very special occasion: World Read Aloud Day. This event is the brainchild of Pam Allyn, the Director of LitWorld, an organization that promotes global literacy.

The purpose of World Read Aloud day is simple: to take action to show the world that the right to read and write belongs to all people. Litworld advocates for global literacy as a necessary step in alleviating poverty. As Pam put it on the LitWorld blog:

Across the globe nearly 171 million children could be lifted out of poverty if they left school with basic reading and writing skills. Quality literacy education is the difference between life and death, prosperity and despair. This is literacy for survival.

Last year was the first year for World Read Aloud day, but LitWorld still managed to bring together an astonishing 40,000 participants in 35 countries. One activity they have planned is a 24-hour reading marathon in NYC’s Times Square. Across the globe, their goal is for participants in World Read Aloud activities read for 774 million minutes to represent the 774 million people worldwide who are unable to read.

I heard about World Read Aloud Day from Kate Messner. Kate has a list on her blog of authors who are interested in reading aloud on March 9th to schools via Skype. If you’re a teacher, librarian, parent or administrator, check out the list on Kate’s blog to find your own traveling Skype author!

If you want to know more about World Read Aloud Day, you can check out information on the LitWorld site, and the LitWorld Read Aloud Day blog.

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