Today, February 16th, is World Read Aloud Day.
What could be better on this day than finishing reading a favorite book with my library reading group? We have been reading The Wild Robot by Peter Brown since September. Yes, September! We meet twice a month to read, yet we talk, debate, laugh, worry, wonder… That’s what happens with a good book.
People across the world are encouraged to read aloud. You never know the difference you could make by reading to someone, be it a child, a grandparent, or a good friend. Do you remember the first book that left you with wonder? Someone read that book to you, and you can “pay it forward”.
Things happen in threes, so they say. Besides finishing reading The Wild Robot, a child made me a bookmark. It was lovingly sewn by her big sister on their new sewing machine. The big sister fondly remembers chapter reading with Jennie years ago, as does her brother and little sister. I was moved. I cried. That bookmark will forever be in our classroom chapter reading book.
And finally, Scholastic Books has Charlotte’s Web available for a dollar. A parent in my class has purchased the book for every child in the class. I am at a loss for words.
Read aloud today!