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Fun Ways to Celebrate World Read Aloud Day on February 1

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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. Now that my kids are grown, I still look back on precious moments reading The Hobbit together as we snuggled in front of a campfire or on the couch in the family room.

P.S. If you haven’t done campfire read-alouds, I highly recommend it. It takes on a whole different feel being outside by a fire.

Today is World Read Aloud Day. On behalf of the 793 million people who cannot read, today is about sharing stories and favorite books to everyone around the world.       “Read Aloud, Change the World”

World Read Aloud Day motivates children, teens, and adults worldwide to celebrate the power of words and creates a community of readers taking action to show the world that the right to literacy belongs to all people. World Read Aloud Day is celebrated by millions of people in more than 100 countries thanks to people like all of us who participate and spread the word across the globe!

Ways to Participate in Celebrate World Read Aloud Day

Read Aloud. Change the World with WRAD’s Read Aloud Guide

Stickers, Banners, Decorations for your Day! Use these designs and print-your-own templates for easy decorations for any event!

Connect with Authors via Skype

Visit LitWorld for free resources, ideas, and templates to celebrate!

World Read Aloud Day

LitWorld’s free picture book “New Day, New Friends” to get started reading now.

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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 dragons 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 few 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

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Other ways to participate:

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

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