On Wednesday, February 3rd, LINC joined millions of readers, writers, and storytellers around the globe in raising our voices for the 12th annual World Read Aloud Day, making this year's celebration the biggest one yet!
At LINC, we could bear-ly contain our excitement during our Virtual Family Academy on World Read Aloud Day! Staten Island Community Coordinator Alyssa Hidalgo led us in a read-aloud of The Bear Ate Your Sandwich by Julia Sarcone-Roach, followed by an arts and crafts session where we each made our own bears. We were blown away by the talent of the young future artists as they shared their creations with us, and with over 100 families participating, that is a lot of little bears! We were absolutely thrilled to celebrate this annual literacy holiday with the rest of the world and glad that so many LINC families could join us.
Over the course of a 45 minute program, parents learned how to establish reading routines, connect with community resources, and are provided with opportunities to model literacy-building behaviors, all while reading and having fun with their family! That's what makes our Virtual Family Academies so special. We help our families to create literacy-rich environments at home so that all children, no matter where they live, have the same opportunity to learn to read.
From the United States to Colombia and over 30 more countries across the globe, World Read Aloud Day reached nearly 250 million readers during this year’s festivities. Despite the many challenges posed by the ongoing pandemic, literacy organizations all over the world banned together to provide parents and children the opportunity to read and use our combined resources to support their literacy journeys.
Next month, join LINC as we celebrate the birthday of the legendary Dr. Seuss at our very own virtual, literacy birthday party! Register now and save your spot for the festivities on March 19th.
World Read Aloud Day 2021 was organized by LitWorld in association with Scholastic. We are proud to have been a part of their mission to transform reading across the globe and expand accessibility to literacy everywhere.