World Read Aloud Day

World-Read-Aloud-Day-2014Breaking News: World Read Aloud Day (sponsored by LitWorld) is March 5th. Are you ready?

Check out Mr Schu’s blog for details.

This week’s challenge: What’s special about reading aloud?

  • Any child who was read to will know the first reason for this. What could be better than curling up next to a parent reading you a great book full of enticing stories that only make you want more? I will always remember crowding with my 4 siblings onto the family couch to hear my dad read Alice in Wonderland, The Wizard of Oz, Kidnapped and Treasure Island.
  • Hearing a story is not the same as reading it. The reader’s voice makes the characters come alive. The process slows down the experience, so that you become lost in that world for a longer period of time. And you can interrupt to ask questions!
  • It isn’t the same as listening to books on tape. Those seem to be designed for people who need ear-food while driving or doing some other activity. Does anyone listen to books on tape just before going to sleep at night? Or while curled up on the couch on a snowy afternoon? Without the reader’s physical presence, someone to register your reactions, then hearing the story is very one-sided. You can shudder or laugh, but the audio-file knows nothing of your reactions.

How do I plan to celebrate WRAD? I haven’t decided yet. (Note to Mr. Schu: LitWorld and the poster say it’s March 5th, not March 6th.) My daughter is an adult, so I could read aloud to my students that day. I’ll have to find a suitable poem or short story. Perhaps I’ll just read aloud to myself.

Secret wish: to be asked to read something of my choosing on NPR’s Selected Shorts. I’d read the first chapter from Julian Barnes’ A History of the World in 10 1/2 Chapters.

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