The big – as in worldwide – read aloud day is only a week away. Are you ready?
Next week, tens of thousands of people across the globe will read aloud to bring attention to the importance of stories, words, and reading.
Reading is like breathing in and writing is like breathing out, and storytelling is what links both. – Pam Allyn, founder LitWorld & World Read Aloud Day
And while the attention of many people is focused on young children and picture books, it doesn’t have to be.
Here are some interesting ideas for adults who want to show their support:
- poetry pop-up cafe — businesses treat their customers to short poetry readings sprinkled throughout the day. (I’d love to hear Howard Nemerov’s “Bacon & Eggs” or William Carlos Williams’ ode to plums in “This is Just to Say” over the intercom system at my local grocery store. Or how about Emily Dickinson’s “There is Another Sky” over the loudspeaker of your favorite gardening store?)
- skype with a friend – just as children’s author Kate Messner has put together a group of authors who volunteered to read to libraries and classrooms throughout March 5, you can skype with a long-distance friend to share what you are reading.
- set up a book swap – co-workers, exercise buddies, or bridge clubs/bunco groups/Bible studies can include time to talk and swap books that they’ve recently read. The discussions are usually as much fun as finding new authors.(Wouldn’t it be great if all authors allowed their e-books to be loaned on March 5th? I’m always disappointed when I want to share an e-book with a friend, but can’t because the author or publisher has blocked it.)
So really, no matter how we highlight words and stories and reading on World Read Aloud Day, we should celebrate and encourage literacy in our communities.
I hope you plan to read aloud on March 5th!