On February 1, millions of people around the world are reading aloud in recognition of World Read Aloud Day. Ten years ago, an organization called LitWorld was founded after Pam Allyn, literacy educator and author, visited Kibera, an area of extreme poverty in Nairobi, Kenya. There, she experienced the urgent desire children had to read, write and share their stories, and the barriers that stood in their way. She has stated that literacy is not a gift given just to some lucky ones, it is a foundational human right that brings joy, economic independence, gender equity and a pathway out of poverty. World Read Aloud Day calls global attention to the importance of reading aloud, sharing stories, and the idea of literacy as a human right by bringing communities together across the world to read aloud and change the world.
If you're interested in hearing more about LitWorld's philosophy and literacy outreach, click on the image below to view a video. You will learn the seven core strengths of reading (Belonging, Kindness, Curiosity, Friendship, Confidence, Courage, and Hope) from the founder of LitWorld and world literacy advocate, Pam Allyn. A quick summary of these strengths are:
Belonging: I am a valuable and important member of my family, community, and world.
Curiosity: I show a willingness to explore new territory and test new theories.
Friendship: I value close, trusting relationships with people I can count on.
Kindness: I think about the needs of others and always lend a hand to help.
Confidence: I can think for myself and feel comfortable expressing my ideas.
Courage: I am strong enough to do the right thing, even when it’s hard.
Hope: I am optimistic that what I do today will result in a better tomorrow.
I share the same sentiment as Pam Allyn when it comes to literacy and want to share her world-wide vision with our community. If you want to know more ways to get involved, click the top image to explore ideas on reading aloud, spreading the word, downloading stickers and banners, connecting with authors and much, much more. But even if all you do is take some time to read aloud to someone you love, you're still acknowledging the impact reading has on our world. So, on February 1, 2018, find a comfy spot, a few good books, and join the world in celebrating the blessings of reading in your home.