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LitWorld Announces World Read Aloud Day 2021
World Read Aloud Day is February 3, 2021, and millions are gearing up to celebrate!
Added: 01/11/2021 - Hannah Polauf

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.

  • ●  This year, ​LitWorld​ and ​Scholastic​ are teaming up with football champion, bestselling author, and literacy advocate ​Malcolm Mitchell​ to celebrate ​World Read Aloud Day​.

  • ●  The day is widely celebrated across social media, with the hashtag #worldreadaloudday​ trending annually.

  • ●  To celebrate while respecting social-distancing guidelines, thousands of authors, advocates, and others will be organizing various events, resources, read-alouds, and activities in preparation for the day.

  • ●  LitWorld​ also provides a multitude of ​online resources ​at:​ including ​activity guides​, ​book lists, opportunities to arrange virtual author visits​, and more to help readers organize their own virtual ​World Read Aloud Day​ events. 

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