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World Read Aloud Day is February 16, 2017! Let’s Celebrate!

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Read Aloud. Change the World.

World Read Aloud Day

Celebrate World Read Aloud Day by reading aloud and taking action on behalf of the 758 million people who cannot read.

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.

From the time my children were born until this very moment, one of our favorite things to do is to read aloud as a family. Currently our family read aloud favorite is The Hobbit sitting by the campfire. If you haven’t tried it, I highly recommend it. It takes on a whole different feel being outside by a fire.

Here’s a link to a wonderful PDF with all sorts of activities and ideas on how to celebrate World Read Aloud Day.

The most important part about today is to read aloud to someone whether near or far. You can be sitting near them, read as a family, a classroom, across the seas via Skype or some other virtual technology. Just Read and have a ball!

Not sure what to read? Here’s are some of my “read out loud” book picks to help families celebrate this special day (click the book image to see the original post with book extensions and activities):

Look to the skies for some Stargazing & Astronomy Booklist for the whole family.

As a child, author Lucy M. George wrote stories and poems, directed several plays (starring her sisters) and enjoyed making magic potions out of household goods. She studied English Literature at University and now lives in Wales near the sea where she writes and works. To date she has published over a dozen children’s books for young readers to enjoy and I was lucky enough to be able to enjoy her two latest titles from her Busy People series.

Busy People: Astronaut by Lucy M. George

Busy People

My newest book, Dragons are Real, makes an awesome read aloud! As readers turn the pages and learn the truth about Dragons, they will see that the fiercest beasts in known history can actually be the best of friends. It’s a lesson in finding companionship in the most unusual of places. Dragons are Real is a magical book filled with stunning illustrations and hints that dragon are indeed all around us 🙂

Dragons are Real is now available for purchase on both Amazon and Gumroad. We are also offering a special free bonus gift of a Dragons Are Real Inspiration Activity Guide when you purchase your copy of this enchanting picture book.

These wonderful books from Chronicle make for some quality reading out loud time.

 4 Fun Chronicle Books for Kids with an Emphasis on SNOW

So as the frost begins to form gorgeous patterns on the window of my study, and the fluffy whiteness of winter begins to flitter down from the sky, I think it’s time to share some fun and chilly Chronicle Books for Kids with an Emphasis on SNOW. Enjoy!
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When I think back to my childhood, I remember the whole list of books I loved and the imaginings that went along with them. I remember playing Little House on the Prairie, Little Women and Heidi.

Hiccups are just the worst!  When Ruby and her dog Oscar are playing their favorite game and all of a sudden Oscar comes down the hiccups, Ruby will stop at nothing to help him get rid of this annoying ailment! They dance, jump, stomp, sing, tickle, skip, everything you can imagine! Ruby is about ready to give up on Oscar’s hiccups after her magic wand doesn’t work. But then, she’s struck with an idea! A minute later, she comes back in her cat costume, scaring Oscar down to his little tail. And what would you know–his hiccups are gone! I guess the scare tactic works after all! Hiccups by Holly Sterling is a delightful and giggle-filled picture book for little readers.
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Here are 27 “dragon-themed” picture books for beginning readers

Extra Special #DragonsAreReal Booklist for Beginning Readers

I’ve been doing a lot with dragons lately and in honor of my new book Dragons are Real so I thought I’d share a little bit of our favorite dragon reads from our favorite dragon library. You may not know this but Dragons love to read and are actually book hoarders. So if you’re missing a book, there’s a good chance a dragon took it. 😉



10 Reasons to Read Aloud to Your, or Any, Child

reasons to read aloud

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Everyone deserves the right to read. Let’s all work together to create a world where everyone reads. Happy World Read Aloud Day!

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Reading is always an important part of our children’s lives no matter what time of year it is so I decided to wrap my knowledge of fun kidlit books and activities up with my experience as one of the co-founders of the very successful Multicultural Children’s Book Day and create a unique resource for parents who are looking for creative ways to keep their kids reading. Reading is important, but so is helping our young readers learn about other cultures, religions and traditions through the pages of these books. Here are some great booklists and resources that I have created over the years at Jump Into a Book that will not only give parents and readers great ideas on diverse kids’ books, but fun activities related to books that will bring stories to life!
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3 thoughts on “World Read Aloud Day is February 16, 2017! Let’s Celebrate!

  1. I wasn’t able to subscribe – or perhaps it just didn’t respond that I did. Would like to subscribe to the 180 Multicultural Books for Summer. Thank you!

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