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LitWorld and Scholastic Celebrate the “Rise of Read-Aloud” on February 1st

In Advance of the 10th Annual World Read Aloud Day, New Data from the Scholastic  Kids & Family Reading Report™ Show More Parents are Reading Aloud Early on in their Children’s Lives  


New York, NY – January 24, 2019 – New findings announced today from The Rise of Read-Aloud, the first installment of the Scholastic Kids & Family Reading Report: 7th Edition, reveal that the percentage of parents reading aloud during a child’s first three months is up nearly 50% since 2014, and the number of 6–8-year-olds being read to 5–7 days a week is up seven points since 2016. On February 1st, the global literacy nonprofit LitWorld and title sponsor Scholastic will unite people around the world for the 10th annual World Read Aloud Day (WRAD), highlighting the importance of reading aloud and sharing stories, and calling on everyone to keep progress going. While a majority of families (55%) read aloud 5–7 days a week before a child turns six, this percentage then begins to decline dramatically—even as research shows read-aloud frequency can help shape a young child into a frequent reader.

To learn about World Read Aloud Day 2019 and discover more read-aloud research and downloadable resources, visit:

“Through my work with school districts and community partners, I’ve seen first-hand the profound power of reading aloud to engage children, inspire confidence and a sense of belonging, and build literacy skills, ultimately helping them become lifelong readers,” said Pam Allyn, Senior Vice President, Innovation & Development, Scholastic Education and founder of LitWorld. “World Read Aloud Day is an opportunity to bring this movement to life and connect people in every corner of the world through the shared experience of reading together.”

On World Read Aloud Day, students, families, and educators everywhere are invited to tune in at 10:30 a.m. EST to watch a special read-aloud event live streamed on the Scholastic Facebook page. Hosted at Scholastic headquarters in New York City, the event will feature renowned authors Carmen Agra Deedy (The Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet!), Ross Burach(The Very Impatient Caterpillar), Sayantani DasGupta (Kiranmala and the Kingdom Beyond), Jarrett J. Krosoczka (Star Wars: Jedi Academy), and Peter H. Reynolds (Say Something!), who will read excerpts from their books and answer questions about reading, writing, and encouraging a love of stories. Approximately 200 students in grades 2–5 from the New York City Department of Education will be in the audience to enjoy the read-aloud event in person and meet their favorite authors.

Globally, millions of people will join in the World Read Aloud Day festivities by also hosting their own unique WRAD gatherings, including school-wide assemblies, local book drives, community marches, and more. Through Skype in the Classroom, educators have the opportunity to register to virtually connect students with authors for special read-alouds. On social media, participants can share snapshots of their special read-aloud moments, books, and ideas using #WorldReadAloudDay.

“It has been thrilling to watch the World Read Aloud Day movement take hold in over 170 countries all across the globe over the past ten years,” said Dorothy Lee, Executive Director of LitWorld. “Communities embrace this day as a call to action for both the seriousness of the human right to literacy, and the joy we create when we share stories. Reading aloud is a deceptively simple education best practice that gets right to the heart of how we can build a world of empathy and equity when we raise our voices with courage, and listen to one another with open minds.”

On February 7th, readers everywhere are encouraged to continue reading aloud in recognition of Harry Potter Book Night. Started in 2015, Harry Potter Book Night is an annual celebration in bookstores, libraries, and classrooms dedicated to passing on the magic of J.K. Rowling’s books to the next generation of young readers, as well as celebrating with devoted Harry Potter fans.

The Kids & Family Reading Report: The Rise of Read-Aloud is the first of three reports encompassing the 7th Edition’s wide-breadth of data. Two additional installments will be released this spring focusing on the latest trends in children’s reading habits, what both kids and parents want in books, book access, as well as summer reading.

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For more information about LitWorld, visit: https://www.litworld.org

Contacts:
Brittany Sullivan, 212-343-4848, BSullivan@scholastic.com
Allyson Barkan, 212-389-3469, ABarkan@Scholastic.com

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