Celebrate 'World Read Aloud Day' With Your Favorite People and a Great Story

Celebrate 'World Read Aloud Day' With Your Favorite People and a Great Story

Tuesday, 2 February, 2021

Tomorrow is the 12th annual World Read Aloud Day. Grab your people — in person or on Zoom — and get lost in a compelling story together. It’s such a fun and meaningful way to connect with each other.

World Read Aloud Day is brought to us by LitWorld, a nonprofit organization that’s on a mission to ‘strengthen kids and communities through the power of stories.’ They’ve created a free activity hub with links to live online reading events, videos of stories read by celebs, games, printable goodies, book lists, and more.

If it’s been a while since you read a story aloud to someone — or had someone read to you — we’re here to encourage you to give it a try. Although audiobooks are the modern (and easy) way to have a story read to us, live storytelling is something special.

Sharing a story in real-time with other people is so much more immersive and offers an intimacy that can only be found when one human tells a story to another. Whether it’s on Zoom, in your living room, or under a blanket with a flashlight, you can’t top the experience of entering the world of the page together.

And, if we may be so bold, we’d like to suggest you read aloud to yourself once a while. It’s a wildly rewarding experience. Try it!

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Read Aloud Suggestions

Four types of writing lend themselves very well to being read aloud: short stories, fairytales, children’s books, and poetry. (The number one recommendation being, of course, anything by Dr. Seuss. Try Yertle the Turtle and Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are?, which gently and humorously share messages that are so relevant to the world right now.)

 

There are more free short stories and poems online than you could read in your lifetime. Here are a few suggestions to get you started:

 

You might also insist that your favorite people sit in a closet with you while you read them Edgar Allan Poe’s The Raven and/or Annabel Lee by flashlight. Not that we’ve ever done that.

We’ve recommended several story collections on our podcast, all of which are fantastic reads and lend themselves to being read aloud:

  • The Tsar of Love and Techno by Anthony Marra — moving, unexpected stories set in Russia
  • Take-Out by Rob Hart — crime stories set in the world of restaurants
  • Prague Noir edited by Pavel Mandys — crime stories by Czech authors, set in every Prague neighborhood
  • Things We Say in the Dark by Kirsty Logan — gorgeous prose, unsettling vibe
  • Vampires Never Get Old edited by Zoraida Cordova and Natalie C. Parker — YA authors’ fresh takes on the old myth
  • Help the Witch by Tom Cox — atmospheric tales set in the English countryside
  • Haunted Voices edited by Rebecca Wojturska — Gothic tales from Scotland
 

Wishing you a very happy World Read Aloud Day!

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