World Read Aloud Day

January 29, 2020

Heads up! Next Wednesday – February 5, 2020 is World Read Aloud Day!

Sponsored by Scholastic and LitWorld, this worldwide event is celebrated in at least 173 countries. Started in 2010, it is a wonderful reminder of the importance of reading to your children. Something we at Build Your Library have been championing for the past 8 years!

I’ve said it many times, but it bears repeating: Reading aloud is one of the most important things you can do for your child. The benefits are endless: from building a family bond to building their vocabulary and writing skills, reading together as a family should be one of your homeschooling priorities!  Celebrating World Read Aloud day is easy-peasy! Just  gather your kid(dos), choose an age appropriate book (our Read Aloud Book Club Packs are a great way to get started!) and snuggle up with a cup of hot cocoa and enjoy a story together.

Currently, my 10 year old and I are reading Sweep: A Girl and Her Monster by Jonathan Auxier, which is a sweet story about a girl who works as a chimney sweep in Victorian London and is saved from a fire by a golem made of ash and soot.


With my 17 year old twins, I’m reading His Hideous Heart: 13 of Edgar Allan Poe’s Most Unsettling Tales Reimagined edited by Dahlia Adler, which is a pairs Poe’s original stories and poems with 13 retellings written by a collection of popular YA authors. (That’s right – reading aloud doesn’t have to end when your child can read on their own. I still read aloud with my teens!)


If social media is your thing and you want to share your favorite read-aloud moments, you can use the hashtag #WorldReadAloudDay on your posts. Tag the sponsors: @Scholastic, @LitWorldSays – Tag us: @BYLibrary – Tag your friends so they can join, too! It was one of the top trending hashtags on Twitter last year.

Happy Reading!

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Emily Cook is the author and creator of the secular homeschool curriculum Build Your Library, a literature-based K-12 program infused with the teachings of Charlotte Mason. She writes full year lesson plans as well as shorter topical unit studies. Emily has been homeschooling her four children in Southern NH for 17 years. She is passionate about reading aloud to children of all ages and loves to share her love of literature with others. She and her family also makes incredibly dorky videos about homeschooling, books and more on Youtube at ARRRGH! Schooling. You can follow her on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. You can also check out her author page on Amazon.

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