FEBRUARY 1, 2023

For 13 years, World Read Aloud Day has called attention to the importance of sharing stories by challenging participants to grab a book, find an audience, and read-aloud! The global effort, created by the non-profit LitWorld and sponsored by Scholastic, is celebrated annually in over 173 countries and is all about bringing people together through the shared connection of reading aloud in all of our communities.

Download the WRAD-a-thon Schedule to Join Authors LIVE on February 1st!

For the first time ever, Scholastic is hosting a worldwide WRAD-a-thon on the free Storyvoice app. Log in on February 1st for a series of live interactive read-aloud shows with top World Read Aloud Day authors, such as Rebecca Elliott, Mac Barnett and Kat Fajardo. Authors and reading advocates from as far away as Australia, India, and Africa will read, draw, and interact with classrooms and families around the globe, including the award-winning Brian Selznick, who will be sharing a sneak peek at his upcoming release Big Tree. Can’t make a live show? You’ll still be able to access special content available on demand when you log on to Storyvoice through February 6th, including an exclusive surprise from the author of Cat Kid Comic Club — Dav Pilkey.

The 2023 Virtual Kit

Enter your email address to receive the free World Read Aloud Day Virtual Kit, includes easy-to-use digital resources, like printable activity sheets, discussion guides, custom graphics and virtual backgrounds to share online, and much more!

Scholastic’s World Read Aloud Day Book Picks

In celebration of World Read Aloud Day this year, Scholastic has highlighted 30 books that make us feel excited and inspired to celebrate reading aloud with those near and far. Download your very own copy of the WORLD READ ALOUD DAY BOOK PICKS to learn more about these titles, or visit our World Read Aloud Day Shop on the Scholastic Store Online to browse these and more read-aloud books we love.

Scholastic World Read Aloud Day Store

Get Your World Read Aloud Day Celebrations Started!

Here’s some resources to get you started, for more free content, download this year’s VirtualKit!

World Read Aloud Day 2023 | Scholastic

Why Reading Aloud Matters

The Scholastic Kids & Family Reading Report: 7th Edition™ shows that more than 80% of both kids and parents love or like read-aloud time because they consider it a special time together.

Expand Book Access For Your Community

Scholastic has multiple programs to help organizations increase access to books for children in their community, by providing special discounts and deals, including up to 68% off, free shipping, and free bonus books, on thousands of different culturally relevant, developmentally appropriate, diverse, and bilingual texts.

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Owl Diaries art © Rebecca Elliott.