This week’s prompt…What is your favorite book to read aloud or to hear read aloud and why?
I absolutely love reading Tikki Tikki Tembo-no sa rembo-chari bari ruchi-pip peri pembo aloud to anyone that will listen. This retelling of an old Chinese folktale tells the story of two brothers with very different names and explains how parents in China historically gave their “first and honored” sons grand, long names. Case in point, the full title of this book is actually the name of the first son in the story. I must admit, the story is a bit troubling and maybe a little harsh at points, but it is a very fun read that kids enjoy hearing over and over again. I never cease to giggle at the first few times I hear that wonderful name.
How are you spending World Read Aloud Day (WRAD) on March 4th? I’ll be reading aloud with my favorite three year old out in the Sydney Royal Botanical Gardens. I also have a personal goal of setting up my first reading as an author before March 4th, so I’ll be reaching out to my local independent bookstores to coordinate a storytime that includes a chance to read Wally the Warm-Weather Penguin aloud publically to children for the first time.
For more information about World Read Aloud Day, visit litworld.org/worldreadaloudday. You’ll find lots of helpful information, downloadable kits for classrooms, home and libraries as well as ideas for communities to come together on WRAD 2015.
Shout out to The Busy Librarian (@MatthewWinner) for coordinating the World Read Aloud Day “Speak Your Story” Blogging Challenge. And if you are participating in WRAD, please leave a comment about your activities!