March 2 was National Read Across America Day, which is in honor of Dr. Seuss’s birthday, which I know because Thing 1 and Thing 2 were spotted around my town in bright blue wigs and matching t-shirts. And while I make it a point to read aloud every day–minus the blue wig– I love to see excitement for reading across our nation.
The only thing better is encouraging literacy across the world, and that happens today.
Nearly one billion people entered the 21st century unable to read, and World Read Aloud Day
is trying to change that statistic. On March 9, this global movement is
motivating parents, teens, and children to explore the power of the
written word through reading, activities, and celebrating excitement for storytelling.
Hit the site to see their action page with ways to participate and spread the word. (Hint: It’s as easy as reading aloud!)
As I sit with my laptop next to a Nook and a stack of paperbacks, begging my children to settle for reading just three books
before nap, it’s so easy to forget that some kids will go their entire
lives without reading a book. Changing that would be the Happiest Ever
After of all.~Delilah
Visit the LitWorld World Read Aloud Day website to participate and learn more.