World Read Aloud Day is celebrated on Wednesday, 01st February. For the first time ever, Scholastic is hosting a worldwide WRAD-A-THON for a series of live interactive read-aloud shows. It kicks off in Australia at 11 am with Australian author Matt Crosgrove, reading his latest picture book Alpaca Picnic Panic.
Followed by Aussie superstar Josh Pyke before the WRAD-A-THON continues in India, the UK, Kenya, Canada, Mexico, USA and more, featuring literary legends like Mac Barnett, Brian Selznick and Rebecca Elliott. Authors and reading advocates from around the world will read, draw, and interact with classrooms and families around the globe.
For the full live show schedule as well as instructions on how to participate. Can’t make a live show? Recordings of each event, along with additional Scholastic read-aloud content, will be made available on Storyvoice through February 6th.
For more information: WRAD-A-THON Reading Schedule
Scholastic’s World Read Aloud Day Book Picks
In celebration of World Read Aloud Day this year, Scholastic has highlighted 30 books that make us feel excited and inspired to celebrate reading aloud with those near and far. Download your very own copy of the WORLD READ ALOUD DAY BOOK PICKS to learn more about these titles.
For more information: World Read Aloud Day Book Picks
2023 Virtual Kit
Sign up to receive the free World Read Aloud Day Virtual Kit, which includes easy-to-use digital resources, like printable activity sheets, discussion guides, custom graphics and virtual backgrounds to share online, and much more!
For more information: 2023 Virtual Kit
This is a day dedicated not just to reading, but to the art and practice of reading aloud. Stories were passed down from generation to generation even before writing was invented. Oral forms of storytelling were the earliest way of preserving human knowledge, insight, and creativity. This day helps us bring this tradition back to reading while promoting literacy.
For 13 years, World Read Aloud Day has called attention to the importance of sharing stories by challenging participants to grab a book, find an audience, and read aloud! The global effort, created by the non-profit LitWorld and sponsored by Scholastic, is celebrated annually in over 173 countries and is all about bringing people together through the shared connection of reading aloud in all of our communities.
For more information, please read the following: World Read Aloud Day