A recap of World Read Aloud Day

Mar 12, 2013
Clifford, Pam Allyn, and kids celebrate World Read Aloud Day! We all know young kids love being read aloud to, but it turns out, older kids and even teens and adults often love it just as much — and often reap just as many benefits. Last week was World Read Aloud Day (WRAD), and we were thrilled to welcome Pam Allyn, founder of Lit World, the driving force behind WRAD, to our Facebook page for a live chat! Each year on WRAD, Pam spends the day meeting with kids across the city to celebrate by — you guessed it — reading aloud to them. (And Clifford is always happy to join her!) Then she swung by The Scholastic Store, fired up Facebook, and starting asking just the right questions to get our fans talking about books, literacy, and kids. First up, she introduced herself and asked for recommendations on which books are best for read-alouds. Dr. Seuss was recommended (no surprise there) but so too were titles like Bunnicula, The Mitten, and Roald Dahl titles. Which ones would you recommend? Then Pam asked about older students. “I meet many young people who have felt very outside the reading experience,” she began. “But when I sit down with them and read aloud TO them, it breaks down all the barriers.” Lots of people responded to this prompt, offering their favorite titles for engaging older students. One person even noted, “I have found (to my surprise) that many adults like to be read to, as well–even those who are quite capable of reading themselves.” Next up, Pam brought up poetry, surprising many when she said “Poetry is so wonderful to read aloud. And many of the most struggling older boys I’ve worked with like poetry BEST.” One fan responded, “You’re saying that boys like poetry? I might have to try that with my 11yr old.” Perfect! Next Pam talked about making time in classes for read-alouds — the challenges, the opportunities. A lot of people had a lot to say, particularly about the amount of time testing takes up in classrooms. One solution offered? “Make every second count!” Pam also brought up nonfiction — something teachers are concerned about as they prepare for the upcoming Common Core State Standards. Luckily, “nonfiction can be extraordinarily fun to read aloud,” she notes. Do you agree? Huge thanks to Pam for stopping by and sharing a moment of her busy day with us, and with all of you! Now, here’s something to ponder: when’s the last time you read aloud a book to someone?