World Read Aloud Day – Feb. 1, 2018


World Read Aloud Day is just around the corner and as an aspiring children’s author, I love the idea of celebrating the joy (as well as many other benefits) that comes from reading together with a child. It’s also such an easy event to participate it — all you need is a book, your voice and some time. But if you want to plan something special, here are some helpful links to create a memorable World Read Aloud Day event.

First, why not register at, the founders of #WorldReadAloudDay and show your support?

If you are a teacher or librarian, check out how Microsoft is supporting the day with #WRADSkype by connecting classrooms around the globe to share stories live.

This year, World Read Aloud Day coincides with Harry Potter Book Night. Download the Harry Potter Book Night Planner for everything from games and activities, event space decoration ideas and even pre-made tweets to announce your event.


Authors can participate in Skype sessions with classrooms by signing up to Kate Messner’s list and being listed as available for short readings on World Read Aloud Day.

It’s not only about the kids. Join Care UK to find a senior home in your area and read or discuss favorite books together.

There are local events happening with authors and bookstores around the world. Check for local listings and feel free to add to the post with reading events in your area. Here are just a few to join or to find some ideas for your own celebration…

There is so much going on! I’ll be reading Lost and Found by Sharon Powers, the second book in the My Sea Buddies adventure series, with my six year old. Let me (and the world) know what you’ll be reading for World Read Aloud Day in the comments.

Happy World Read Aloud Day!



World Read Aloud Day: Week 2 – Interview with someone new


For this week’s WRAD Blog Post, the challenge was to interview someone I haven’t spoken to about reading before. I took the term “someone new” literally, and chose a baby (well, toddler), clearly an expert in the field of being read aloud to. And although I know this person quite well, I learned a few new things about him through this exchange.

1. I think everyone in the world should read…

Me: Indie Children’s Books!

Someone New: Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site
2. If I could listen to anyone in the world read aloud to me it would be…

Me: Jimmy Fallon because I’m sure it would be a good laugh

Someone New: Dada (a.k.a. Daddy)

3. When I read aloud, my favorite character to impersonate is…

Me: The cast of animal characters in the Spanish-language picture book El animal más alto, largo, verde, café y pequeño de la selva by Keith Faulkner. And no, I don’t speak Spanish, so it’s quite funny to hear me read this one aloud.

Someone New: I can’t read

4. The genre or author that takes up the most room on my bookshelf (or e-reader) is…

Me: Right now it’s a tie between children’s books and books about Australia.

Someone New: Kids books

5. My favorite part about reading aloud or being read to is…

Me: Creating a tone from the collection of images, words and details in a story.

Someone New: Picking out little things in the pictures

This was such fun! And such a great idea to create an opportunity to talk to someone new about reading aloud.

If you haven’t already, check out the Busy Librarian for details on the WRAD and the WRAD Blogging Challenge in preparation for World Read Aloud Day on March 8th!

World Read Aloud Day: Week 1 – Favorite book to read aloud and why?

It’s Week 1 of the World Read Aloud Day “Speak Your Story” Blogging Challenge created by The Busy Librarian. From February 9th through March 8th, participants write a weekly post in the lead up to World Read Aloud Day (March 4th). Full details can be found here.

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 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!

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