World Read Aloud Day 2011: Words Changing Worlds

Happy Valentines Day!

‘Tis the month to celebrate what we love, and literacy is certainly a topic near and dear to my heart.  Literacy is more than something I speak and write about; it is my life’s work.

So when, Pam Allyn of LitWorld, asked me to be an ambassador for World Read Aloud Day, it was with astounding joy I said yes!

World Read Aloud Day is about taking action to show the world that the right to read and write belongs to all people. Every child in the world deserves a chance at becoming a member of  ” the literacy club“.

I am determined for every child to experience the joys, pleasures, and privileges of lifelong membership, and I invite you and all the readers you know to join us on March 9, 2011  in a world wide celebration of  literacy, stories, and the human spirit.

LitWorld’s motto is “Words Change Worlds.” By raising our voices together on this day, we show the world’s children that these words are what we know to be true.

For more information on how you and your school can participate in the events of  World Read Aloud Day here:

You can also follow the Events on:

See first hand how the simple act of reading a book aloud to a student unleashes the full power of words and changes lives in the process! See you on March 9th!

LitWorld Gala 10 Video from LitWorld on Vimeo.

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  • Kelsey Robinson

    Hi, Ms. Maiers, my name is Kelsey Robinson and I am a student in EDM310 at the University of South Alabama in, Mobile, AL. I have been assigned to comment on your blog as part of an assignment for this class. After reading this post, and watching the video, I cannot help but to think of all the people who CAN read and write but take it for granted. When you think of the number of children, and adults, who cannot read or write and would love to have the opportunity to learn but do not have the means, it is depressing. However, to have people like Pam who go all the way to Kenya and read such an encouraging story to young people is truly amazing. The response to Charlotte’s Web from Diana should be looked at as motivation to all of those who CAN read and encourage them to teach others. After hearing the story she sees the importance of bravery and if you can positively influence just one child’s life by reading a story, well, it cannot get much better than that. AMAZING post, thank you so much for sharing. Here is a link to my blog for the EDM310 class. I look forward to reading more on your site.

  • Angela Maiers

    Hi Kelsey!

    Welcome to the blog, and I am so glad to have your voice in this important conversation. I completely agree; we take for granted the power and the privileges that literacy affords us.

    World Read Aloud Day is a day for us to reflect and be reminded. Thank you for sharing the link to your blog. What a great assignment. Can I ask what course this is?

  • Kelsey Robinson

    The course is called EDM310. It is an educational media course to help us learn the newest technologies used in classrooms and how to better educate our future students with them!

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