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Read Aloud to a Child Week

The Read Aloud to a Child Week highlights the importance and fun of reading aloud and is one of the programs from Read to Them. 

Read to Them is a nonprofit located in Richmond, Virginia, working to bring a culture of literacy to every home. Each October, they sponsor Read Aloud to a Child Week, highlighting the importance – and fun – of reading aloud. This year, the week falls on October 24-30 – in just two weeks! We invite you to join in the celebration.

Each year, they pick a theme. This year’s theme is Gratitude. As our country continues to navigate the Covid-19 pandemic, they want to encourage families and classrooms to take some time to find moments of gratitude. 

Read to Them began this initiative in Virginia over twenty years ago, and it has grown to be a national event with increasing participation from authors, publishers, and other literacy and children’s literature advocates. They share author videos, book lists, reading tips, and more.

Here are just a few of the Gratitude titles that will be highlighted this year:

Picture books

  • Eyes that Kiss in the Corners by Joanna Ho
  • The Ramble Shamble Children by Christina Soontornvat
  • Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena
  • All the World by Elizabeth Garton Scanlon
  • We are Grateful: Ostaliheliga by Traci Sorell

Chapter books

  • Toys Go Out by Emily Jenkins
  • Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin
  • Merci Suarez Changes Gears by Meg Medina
  • Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan
  • Harbor Me by Jacqueline Woodson

Join us in spreading the word. You can choose to participate in many different ways. 

  • You can follow them on social media (@readtothem on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram) and like and share their content. 
  • You can put out content of your own and use the hashtags #ReadtoThem and #ReadAloudWeek.
  • You can distribute their Gratitude book lists, find them on their website: https://readtothem.org/read-aloud-week/

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