It’s the first day of February, which means it’s time to celebrate World Read Aloud Day!
Throughout their childhood, I read aloud to my children; it was one of our most favorite family activities. Many of my fondest memories are of the times we went on adventures together with numerous characters, including: Peter Rabbit, Frog and Toad, the four Pevensie children, and of course, Harry Potter!
My children are all grown now, but, in celebration of the day I am going to read aloud to my granddaughter, Holly, later this evening via Skype. The book that I have chosen to read tonight is titled, “When You Give a Mouse a Cookie.” It was one of her mother’s favorites, as well as her aunts and uncle, especially her Aunt Celine.
When we read to our children, it not only stimulates their listening skills, creativity and imagination, we give them the greatest gift of all: our time! Reading aloud is a critical building block of language skills and increases literary proficiency. Children that are read aloud to every night test more than a year ahead of their peers who are not read to.
It’s also a frugal, and fun, activity for your whole family to enjoy! If you have already been reading aloud to your children, bravo! Keep up the good work! If not, today is a great time to start!
Reading aloud together, we can change the world, one child, and one story, at a time! #WorldReadAloudDay
You can learn more about World Read Aloud Day at LitWorld: litworld.org/wrad