It’s amazing how many dedicated “days” there are in a year. There’s World Nutella Day, International Talk Like a Pirate Day, and World Read Aloud Day. While the first two are personal favorites of mine, I just learned about World Read Aloud Day from Stacy. It pays to have friends that pay attention to the news.
From the LitWorld website:
World Read Aloud Day is about taking action to show the world that the right to read and write belongs to all people. World Read Aloud Day motivates children, teens, and adults worldwide to celebrate the power of words, especially those words that are shared from one person to another, and creates a community of readers advocating for every child’s right to a safe education and access to books and technology.
And wouldn’t you know it – World Read Aloud Day is today! People are encouraged to celebrate by reading with loved ones, organizing reading related community events, etc. In New York, LitWorld is hosting a 24-hour Read Aloud Marathon all day in Times Square.
Unfortunately, my life goal is to avoid Times Square as much as possible (unless it involves a Broadway show) so I will not be participating in the Read Aloud Marathon. I will still be honoring the day though. For one thing, I think it’s pretty clear I support reading and actively take part in it on a regular basis. But, to emphasize the “aloud” part, I’ve just started a new audiobook. Starting today, Carrington MacDuffie will be reading The Paris Wife aloud to me.
Happy World Read Aloud Day everybody! If you need something to read aloud, this blog post is available.