Tuesday, February 22, 2011

World Read Aloud Day: March 9, 2011

'Hands Holding Books' by BaylorBear78Nearly 1 billion people entered the 21st century unable to read a book or sign their name. What would you miss most if you could not read or write? Imagine your world without words, and on March 9, update your Facebook status with an answer to the question: What would you miss most if you could not read or write?

World Read Aloud Day is about taking action to show the world that the right to read and write belongs to all people. World Read Aloud Day motivates children, teens, and adults worldwide to celebrate the power of words, especially those words that are shared from one person to another, and creates a community of readers advocating for every child’s right to a safe education and access to books and technology.

Accomplished so far:
• Reached 35 countries and 40,000 participants in Year One, March 3, 2010
• Preparing for March 9, 2011

World Read Aloud Day is promoted by LitWorld, a 501C3 nonprofit organization working to cultivate literacy leaders worldwide through transformational literacy experiences that build connection, understanding, resilience and strength. LitWorld joins together with teachers, parents, community members, and children to support the development of sustainable literacy practices across the world.