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Word Read Aloud Day (WRAD)/Read Aloud Resources



·        Feb. 3 - Open Mic - Dr. Lee and Mrs. Haun invite you to share a page from your favorite page or a short poem. Grades TK-2 is 11:30-12pm and Grades 3-5 is 12:00-12:30.  


·       School-wide Favorite Books Discussion – “If you met someone who had never read a book and could choose one book to share with them, which book would it be? Why?”


·       Parents are encouraged to make a special Read Aloud time today and continue each and every day – for children of all ages! Share favorite Read Alouds and/or pictures on Social Media. #WorldReadAloudDay #rsswater


*****WRAD Free Resources*****

Spread the word on Social Media - sample messages to share!

Social Media Ideas





 We believe that everyone should have the chance to share stories.

LitWorld founded World Read Aloud Day in 2010 as an opportunity for people all around the globe to celebrate the joy of reading aloud, and advocate for literacy as a fundamental human right that belongs to everyone. WRAD has evolved into a global movement of millions of readers, writers, and listeners from communities all across the world coming together to honor the joy and power of reading and sharing stories, and continue expanding the definition and scope of global literacy.


Studies show that literacy is the foundation for emotional and physical well-being, intellectual growth, and economic security. Furthermore, reading aloud improves listening skills, vocabulary acquisition, and the understanding of common story themes and structures that will factor into children’s future success. Be sure to create powerful, memorable read aloud experiences at home!


“Reading aloud is my favorite way to create community and joy. A profound, magical connection forms between reader, text, and listener. Through the books we choose and the people we read with, we deepen relationships and create memories that will last a lifetime.” – Pam Allyn, Founding Director of LitWorld


“Reading aloud to children has been shown to improve reading, writing and communication skills, logical thinking and concentration, and general academic aptitude, as well as inspire a lifelong love of reading.” -





Use the tips below to create a powerful, memorable read aloud experience.


TIPS from WRAD site:

Read the book beforehand to familiarize yourself with the story. Make note of places you want to stop and ask questions.

Be animated! Change your voice during the read aloud to match the expressions of the characters and emotions of the story; this will truly bring the text to life.

Use different voices for different characters so that children come to recognize dialogue within a text and individual character traits.

If your book has a lot of text, try a story walk instead of reading every word. A story walk is when you summarize what is happening on each page while pointing to the illustrations to help explain the action.

Ask questions out loud as you read. Ask listeners to predict what will happen next, how they would feel if they were in the story, or the meaning of a vocabulary word that might be new. Limit your questions to one or two so they do not disrupt the flow of the story.

After you finish the story, have a conversation that focuses on connecting the text to the listeners’ lives and experiences.





 “We read aloud to children for the same reasons we talk with them: to reassure; entertain; bond; inform; arouse curiosity; and inspire.”


10 Facts Parents Should Know About Reading Aloud


Why Read Aloud


A Dozen Don'ts to Remember When Reading Aloud





* streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Readers include Kevin Costner, Annette Bening, James Earl Jones, Betty White and dozens more. Each book includes supplemental curriculum developed by a credentialed elementary educator, aiming to strengthen comprehension and verbal and written skills. 



“What you cannot imagine, you cannot do” - Now imagine Astronauts on the Space Station reading stories to and conducting science experiments for the children of Earth as the world rotates below. Imagine no more…it’s Story Time from Space!


*KidLit TV is the place to discover great children’s books and connect with the people who create them.


Miss Hecht - Virtual Reading Rooms - You will find many virtual libraries on great topics and themes. Her rooms are amazing!


Find more great suggestions on Mrs. Haun's Padlet - go to the Read Alouds/Author column. 


-by Daniel J. Siegel, M.D., & Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D.


Yes Brain Fundamentals: balance, resilience, insight, and empathy. These are the qualities needed to be successful in life. A great way to promote a Yes Brain in your kids is by reading with them. Each Yes Brain fundamental emerges directly and spontaneously when you dive together into the pages of a book. Click hereto read this great article. 




 “Reading aloud to your child requires only a book - free, with a library card - and your willingness to spend a little quality time with your child. And while the sacrifices to read aloud are few, the benefits are many: Your child may learn to read better, think better, imagine more richly, and become a passionate and lifelong reader. More than these long-term benefits, however, are some more immediate: The pleasures of spending time with your child and sharing the enjoyment of a good book.





Reading with your children:

Reading To Children - Tips & Techniques:


Strategies for Reading Aloud to Young Children (go to 8min. mark for review of strategies):


Video - Interactive Read Aloud - generating and asking questions to deepen understanding. 


Reader’s Workshop – Interactive Read Aloud:


Model Read Aloud – Engage NY:


Bringing Close Reading and Accountable Talk in Interactive Read Aloud:



Five Easy Skills to Teach Kids During Read Alouds

Making the Most of Reading Aloud: Practical Strategies for Parents of Young Readers

How Can Something as Simple as Reading to a Child be So Effective?

ReadWriteThink – Making the Most of Reading

New Read Aloud Strategies Transform Storytime

What’s Going On In Your Child’s Brain When You Read To Them



 “Reading aloud to children has been shown to improve reading, writing and communication skills, logical thinking and concentration, and general academic aptitude, as well as inspire a lifelong love of reading.”