World Read Aloud Day #wrad14 Blog Challenge



Matthew Winner invited me to join this blog challenge, so here goes! I find I am more likely to blog if I have publicly committed to something. I have been terrible about not blogging lately- sorry!

He says: The World Read Aloud Day “Raising Our Voices” Blogging Challenge begins February 10 and runs through March 9. If you choose to take the challenge, each week you will be asked to write a post in response to a prompt or question (outlined below), for a total of 4 posts counting down to World Read Aloud Day.

Each of the prompts addresses the WRAD theme “Raising Our Voices.” Raising Our Voices encapsulates that simple yet effective way we show the world’s children we support their future: that they have the right to read, to write, and to share their words to change the world.

WRAD Raising Our Voices Blogging Challenge: Weekly Outline

Week 1: February 10 – 16

What is your earliest or fondest memory in which someone read aloud to you?

Your first mission is to answer this question. We are using this prompt to bring awareness to the impact reading aloud and the act of being read to has on readers of all ages. Consider it an opportunity to connect with others through the shared experience of hearing stories read aloud.

After answering the prompt, share a short description of how you plan to celebrate WRAD on March 5. Who will you celebrate with? Where will you be? If you have celebrated WRAD in the past, what activities brought you and those you celebrated with the most joy? If you haven’t finalized plans, of if this will be your first WRAD celebration, use this space to share your brainstorming process, and direct your readers to for activities and recommendations.


So, here goes!

My earliest memories of being read to were of my dad reading Dr. Seuss books aloud to us (my sister, Diana, is 18 months younger than me). He always seemed to love the rhyme and rhythm of Dr. Seuss books and therefore we did too. One of his “things” was to skip parts- I am not sure if he was trying to be funny, take a short cut, see if we were really listening, or what. We would scream, “No, no, that’s not the way it goes!” and he would reread the part correctly. Reading was always a part of my life and I am glad that I have strong memories of being read to.

Last year I was out of town for #WRAD, but I arranged with the tech coordinator at our school to do a Skype read aloud with Jennifer Reed (@libraryreeder) and a class she taught. It went well by all reports. This year I am not limiting myself to the actual day, but celebrating all week. We have our school’s Book Week the following week, so it will actually be two weeks of booky fun! So far we are reading with Andy Plemmons (@plemmonsa) and one of his classes and we are trying to set up other connections. It is sometimes tricky to set up live events because of the time differences. During Book Week we have lots of great things planned!

We are looking forward to celebrating!

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