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3 Helpful Ways Adults Can Be Part of World Read Aloud Day

3 Helpful Ways Adults Can Be Part of World Read Aloud Day

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!

Happy Birthday, Anne Lamott

Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor, the enemy of the people. It will keep you cramped and insane your whole life, and it is the main obstacle between you and a shitty first draft. I think perfectionism is based on the obsessive belief that if you run carefully enough, hitting each stepping-stone just right, you won’t have to die. The truth is that you will die anyway and that a lot of people who aren’t even looking at their feet are going to do a whole lot better than you, and have a lot more fun while they’re doing it.”
― Anne LamottBird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

Like thousands, or perhaps tens of thousands, of readers, Anne Lamott’s book, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life has etched itself deeply into my psyche.

Her re-telling of her ten-year old brother’s panic over trying to complete a huge science project the night before it was due is one that resonates with me as a procrastinator and perfectionist. (The book’s title comes from the advice given to Lamott’s brother from their father: “Bird by bird, buddy. Just take it bird by bird.”)

So when I stumbled upon the clip below – where Anne Lamott confesses to making little deals with herself to keep writing – I realized this ultra-talented author is wrestling each word and paragraph down to the page just like me.

And, maybe, you too?

So, happy birthday, Anne Lamott! Thank you for being brilliant and imperfect!