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February 01

Today is World Read Aloud Day.

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Today is World Read Aloud Day.

Grades 4 – 12
Calendar Activity Type Literacy-Related Event





World Read Aloud Day motivates children, teens, and adults to celebrate the power of words.  This global literacy movement is about taking action to show the world that the right to read and write belongs to all people.  World Read Aloud Day asks everyone to celebrate the day by grabbing a book, finding an audience, and reading out loud.




Celebrate World Read Aloud Day by grabbing a favorite text and reading out loud.  Have students bring in their favorite book, magazine,script, newspaper, etc.  Ask each student to choose an excerpt to read to the class.  Additionally, hold a classroom discussion about the power of literacy and how worldwide at least 793 million people remain illiterate.  Spread the power of reading by doing one of the following activities in the classroom:

  • EDUCATE – Have several read alouds in the classroom throughout the day and talk together about the importance of global literacy, marking this as a special day of reading!
  • ADVOCATE - Spread the word about World Read Aloud Day and the Global Literacy Movement within the school by hosting a school-wide read aloud event. Make posters in the classroom advertising and informing the school and community about the event.  Construct bookmarks with information about the day and tips for reading aloud to their peers.
  • INNOVATE - Share World Read Aloud Day by creating Public Service Announcements and share their projects using video chat, blogs, Glogster, and websites.



  • LitWorld

    This website is for an organization that works to cultivate literacy leaders worldwide with teachers, parents, community members, and children to support the development of sustainable literacy practices across the world.  This website provides information about World Read Aloud Day and an opportunity to share any activities using a blog or website.

  • International Literacy Association

    This website is for a network of individuals and institutions committed to worldwide literacy.  This site can be used for more information about literacy instruction and Global Literacy.

  • National Center for Families Learning

    This website contains resources, information, and strategies for improving family literacy.

  • The Global Literacy Challenge

    This document studies youth and adult literacy worldwide from 2003 to 2012.  The research discusses the status of literacy, equity, policies, evidence, and funding.  This document can be used for background information on the Global Literacy Movement.


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Activities & Projects

Grades   9 – 12  |  Activity & Project

Explore Your Reading Self

In this activity teens are encouraged to explore their reading history as they remember books they liked reading as children and then revisit these old favorites.


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Tips & How-To's

Grades   K – 2  |  Tip & How-To

Make the Most of Reading Aloud

Learn a few simple read-aloud strategies that can sharpen a child's emerging reading skills and help you have fun together with a good book.


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Podcast Episodes

Grades   K – 5  |  Podcast Episode

What Should I Read Aloud?

Libraries and bookstores can overwhelm even the most lit-savvy parents and teachers. Listen in as Emily shares a fabulous resource for finding the very best picture books for children.


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