LitWorld has announced that the next World Read Aloud Day, annually celebrated by
millions on the first Wednesday of February, will be held on February 3, 2021. This
year’s celebrations will include a special focus on engaging communities virtually to
bridge the educational and emotional gaps created by the COVID-19 pandemic and the
ensuing quarantines and school closures.
World Read Aloud Day, founded by the nonprofit LitWorld in 2010, is an opportunity
for people around the globe to celebrate the joy of reading aloud and to advocate for
stories as tools to build community, literacy, and equity. In the wake of COVID-19 and
its severe impact on students’ emotional and educational wellbeing - particularly students
of color - this opportunity is more important than ever. According to the paper Why
Stories Matter (2020), "When we read aloud and listen deeply to the words of others, we
discover who we are and what makes us strong, and we build community around the parts
of ourselves that matter most."
"LitWorld’s annual World Read Aloud Day has become a movement engaging
hundreds of millions of people around the world in standing up for literacy as a
foundational human right. When communities have access to books that are meaningful
to them, and tools to share their own stories, every aspect of life improves." - Dorothy
Lee, LitWorld Executive Director
● Considered a national holiday in numerous countries, World Read Aloud Day
has been honored by celebrities such as Jimmy Fallon, Chelsea Clinton, and
Arianna Huffington, as well as renowned authors such as Kwame Alexander,
Jerry Craft, Jacqueline Woodson, Dav Pilkey, and more.