March 7th was World Read Aloud Day
On this day, kids all around the world read aloud or listened to books of all kinds. The organization behind this yearly commemoration is Lit World, “an international nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization founded in 2007 to cultivate literacy leaders worldwide through transformational literacy experiences that build connection, understanding, resilience and strength.” Lit World believes in the “redemptive power of story” as do children’s book authors.
Here is a sample of World Read Aloud Day around the world.
This is from Manila, Philippines. I love how the kids are using each others back for a desk.
Here is one from Wakiso, Uganda. That is quite a gathering.
This from Jerusalem, is one of my favorites. No, the kids are not reading, but I like to think there is an auditorium full of kids in a building behind these five, all reading as one, maybe a Dr. Seuss. It is the message that is important, and summarizes what reading can do for the world. Peace doesn’t stand a chance on illiterate legs.
Finally, from Alberta, Canada. Recently Kid Lit reviewed a book called Sir Princess Petra. The author of that book, Diane Robinson lives in Alberta, Canada. These kids are also from Alberta. Do they look cold? They have rosy red cheeks. Would they have still snow all over the place there? Well, it is interesting because that is where Princess Petra is from and she is a dragon slayer. Dragons live in snow? Apparently Snarls does. Now Sonder, the Snow Snake, yes, he lives in the snow. Maybe the two authors should get together and bring us a Snarls and Sonder Snow Skiing Adventure.
Thanks to Lit World and World Read Along Day 2012 for the pics. There are many more at LIt World’s Facebook site. Check it all out HERE!
next up: Scary School by Derek the Ghost