World Read Aloud Day 2017
World Read Aloud Day was Thursday, February 16. Millions of people in 100s of countries around the world participated in this event that draws attention to the importance of reading aloud and sharing stories. Started in 2010, by Pam Allyn, author and executive director of LitWorld, a nonprofit organization devoted to the belief that literacy is a universal human right.
We celebrated World Read Aloud Day in the HCS library by Skyping and sharing books with authors and classes around the United States. We had so many connections, we started our Skype visits on Wednesday, the day before the official date. Stacy McAnulty, author of many children’s books, read aloud to second graders from her book, Dino Files, about two children who discover a dinosaur egg. She was very engaging and kept students’ attention with visuals like a TRex tooth she held up. Author and illustrator, Adam Rex had first graders laughing as he read the book Guess Again, a hilarious interactive guessing story that he had illustrated. Laurie Wallmark did a wonderful job reading the biography she had written about Ada Lovelace, a woman who wrote the first computer program many years ago. Third graders viewed the illustrations from the book as Laurie Wallmark read aloud to them and asked questions. Monica Carnesi captivated kindergarteners with her book, Little Dog Lost, the true story of a dog who floated out to the Baltic Sea on a broken piece of ice. All the authors allowed time for students to ask them questions about their books and writing processes.
Mrs. Carr’s class had a virtual visit with a fourth-grade class from Hawaii. Students read poems for two voices and heard the story, Same, Same, but Different, which is about two pen pals who live in different parts of the world. Mrs. Carr’s fourth graders, who had just experienced three snow days were amazed to hear that students in Hawaii never have a snow day and never even see snow. They enjoyed the opportunity to ask each other questions about their different lifestyles. Mrs. Norton’s class shared a read aloud with kindergarten students in Michigan. They were very expressive as they read Piggy’s role in the Mo Willem’s book, I Will Surprise My Friend! A high school student in Georgia did a great job reading aloud to Mr. Adam’s class and Mr. Murphy’s class heard a story with a third-grade class in Middlefield, CT.