01 Feb Mentor Teaching Moves: World Read Aloud Day #T4TMoments
Within moments, the screen filled with plans for celebrating World Read Aloud Day:
As we watched the tweets appear, we were reminded of Katherine Paterson’s words, “We’re fortunate, you know. Too many people in this world spend their lives doing work that doesn’t really matter in the great scheme of things, but bringing children and books together does matter. And we get to do it.” We paused before responding to the tweets and thought about the impact of celebrations like World Read Aloud Day.
World Read Aloud Day fosters reading communities. Through celebrating read aloud, students realize that reading isn’t a solitary act. Reading is a way to connect with others – to listen, to laugh, and to learn together. A shared text is a shared experience that builds bonds between people. Whether your students are reading with students in class today, or connecting with authors and readers online, World Read Aloud Day is an opportunity to bring children and books together.
Today, we celebrate the educators, authors, caregivers, and librarians who read aloud every day and connect children and books. Fostering a love of reading and empowering students to share their ideas helps readers develop their reading identity. Aren’t we lucky that we have events like World Read Aloud Day to remind us of the impacts of reading aloud? Aren’t we lucky that we have professional learning communities like #titletalk to connect and learn from one another? Reading aloud every day and connecting books and children is a mentor teaching move.
Happy World Read Aloud Day, Everyone!