AAE Celebrates World Read Aloud Day
posted by: Melissa | February 01, 2018, 10:07 PM   

Today is World Read Aloud Day, a day set aside for schools and individuals to spend a few moments reading to each other. Reading aloud is a special and different activity than reading silently on a page.Readaloud.org reports that listening to a story read aloud is crucial for children to learn to love reading, and can promote literacy and language development in students. It also gives students access to stories that may be beyond their reach to read on their own.


To celebrate this day and the importance of reading aloud, I asked AAE’s staff which books are their favorite read alouds. Here are some of their answers:


My latest favorite is The Emigrants (Book 1), by Vilhelm Moberg (Sweden’s greatest 20th century writer). Our Swedish relatives gave me this book and it is terrific. It was even made into a movie in the 70’s. Tells the story of why people would endure such hardships to get to America and how America is built on the foundation of hard working people who appreciate the freedom and opportunity America offers.

Gary Beckner, Chairman and President


I look forward to reading The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe to my children when they get older. An entertaining book with an important message, but also fun to read out loud with an opportunity to make up fun voices and let the kids imagine a magical world.

Colin Sharkey, Executive Vice President


Love You Forever written by Robert Munsch has been a read-aloud book I treasure because my mother first read it aloud to me when I was a young parent myself. I think the message of unconditional love it is relevant and poignant at any age.

Debbie Brown, Membership Services Specialist


One of my favorite books to read aloud was Dr. Seuss’ If I Ran the Zoo. The rhythm and rhyme make it super fun to read and the kiddos always get a kick out of it.

Julie Evans, Legal Services Liaison


My favorite book to read my students was ‘A Wrinkle in Time.’ It’s a beautiful and empowering story with well-rounded and deep characters, every student is able to identify with at least one of the chars and the creepy parts always thrilled the students.

Melissa Pratt, Professional Programs Manager


There are so many great books to choose from but some of my favorites are The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle, Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown and The Big Hungry Bear by Audrey Wood and Don Wood.

Catherine Villani, Membership Services Specialist


Chicka Chicka Boom Boom is one of my favorite read aloud books. The catchy and repetitive title engages students and encourages them to chant along. This is a very fun and interactive book that kindergarten students, and even adults just love!

Dana Williams, Regional Membership Director


What are you reading aloud today?

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