Heads up! Next Wednesday – February 3, 2021, 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 9 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 in our read-aloud stack are:
When My Name Was Keoko by Linda Sue Park, which is a beautifully written story about a brother and sister’s experiences in South Korea during World War II when the country was under Japanese control.
Crow Smarts by Pamela S. Turner – a fascinating science read about how scientists are studying crows and learning more and more about how their minds work. We also get to learn about the South Pacific island of New Caledonia where these super-smart crows live!
Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans by Kadir Nelson – a gorgeously illustrated and well-written history of our country from the perspective of African Americans. I love the way this book is written – as if a beloved grandparent is sharing stories with you.
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.
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 18 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 make 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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