March 9th is World Read Aloud Day — a holiday that might not make it onto every calendar, but it sure is circled on mine. Reading aloud has always been a big deal to me…from my toddler days when I’d stalk my parents’ dinner guests with a big pile of books in my arms to now, when I read aloud to kids both at home and at school every day.
I shared a lot more thoughts on reading aloud last spring, in this open letter to the Association of Booksellers for Children, when The Brilliant Fall of Gianna Z. won the E.B. White Read Aloud Award. But right now…what I’d really like to do is read.
Here are three videos of me reading aloud in my living room. No fancy cameras, no lights, no makeup…just a fireplace, a flipcam and three books. (One of them, SUGAR AND ICE, came out in December, but the other two aren’t out yet, so you’re getting a special WRAD sneak preview!) So get yourself a cup of hot chocolate or a carton of milk (I’m guessing some of you are watching at school today) and enjoy.
No matter who you are or where you are, I hope you’ll share a book with someone today, too!