World Read Aloud Day

World Read Aloud Day is observed next on Wednesday, February 5th, 2025 (235 days from today).

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History of World Read Aloud Day

World Read Aloud Day is greatly supported by LitWorld, an organization dedicated to effective literacy worldwide and creat this day! Every year, thousands of children and adults struggle to read, and through their efforts, LitWorld is helping to bring the magic of writing back to these men, women and children. LitWorld's mission is to "strengthen children and communities through the power of stories". Not just for World Read Aloud Day, for kids and adults alike!

World Read Aloud Day is just one chance they have to do just that and in 2018 they made a move that led to World Read Aloud Day being even more effective and accessible to everyone around the world.

2018 marks the 20th anniversary of the Harry Potter series and they've combined Harry Potter Book Night with World Reading Day to help bring the magic of reading to people everywhere by reading aloud. Harry Potter books in locations worldwide. Reading aloud is a way to stimulate our brains, build relationships with friends and family, and in other words, bring us closer together.

Benefits of Reading Aloud

According to several studies, reading aloud has many benefits for you and your family! People find an emotional outlet in stories, especially when they are read aloud. By reading to your child for a few minutes a day, they are more likely to regulate their own emotions and learn to express themselves better. Children who spend regularly reading aloud will be able to understand different people and cultures, and develop their imagination skills.

Students who are read in class also score better on comprehension tests because they understand the material more deeply and are able to explain topics more quickly. In a Scholastic survey, 98% of teachers said that reading aloud in class helps students engage in meaningful conversations.

However, the benefits aren't just for young children. Both teenagers and adults can enjoy reading aloud. Parents who read to their children were found to have better emotional regulation and stronger bonding with their children. Teens who read aloud have a better sense of social-emotional intelligence and a deeper understanding of the world around them. Whether you are a child, teen or adult, the benefits of reading aloud are endless!

How to Celebrate World Read Aloud Day

The best way to celebrate is gathering with friends and family and reading aloud! According to Scholastic, more than 173 countries actively celebrate World Read Aloud Day! This day is to call attention to the importance of sharing stories by challenging participants to grab a book, find an audience, and read it aloud!" If you want to celebrate with LitWorld and Scholastic, post a photo or video of you reading aloud with the hashtag #WRADChallenge!

The best way to celebrate World Read Aloud Day is to do exactly what it says on the tin, grab a book and read it aloud. You can do this alone, with your child and even with your friends and family. Think how much fun it can be to rock your book club by reading your favorite passages or favorite poems. Reading aloud helps build confidence in public speaking, engages the mind, and helps bring stories to life in a way that only compliments the world in writing.

If you're a teacher, consider celebrating the day in your classroom, regardless of the age of your students. Have students pair up in groups and take turns reading aloud, or gather the whole class into a group and read your favorite text. After discussion with your class, let consider about reading aloud. If you don't usually make time to read, take this day to open your favorite book (story book or novel) and read it aloud, whether you're alone or in a group. You also don't have to wait for World Read Aloud Day to do so, open your book and start reading aloud today!


World Read Aloud Day has been observed the first Wednesday in February.


Wednesday, February 1st, 2023

Wednesday, February 7th, 2024

Wednesday, February 5th, 2025

Wednesday, February 4th, 2026

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2027

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LitWorld in 2010

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