On March 7, LitWorld, a non-profit organization which promotes global literacy, will launch its third annual World Read Aloud Day.
According to LitWorld, 739 million people across the world are illiterate, and participation in events like World Read Aloud Day helps raise awareness of the problem. In addition to collecting books and providing literacy instruction to people across the globe, Pam Allyn, founder and director of LitWorld, hopes to promote the love of reading even to those who have already mastered reading skills. Last year, 200,000 participants from 60 countries and all 50 United States participated in World Read Aloud Day. Allyn hopes to reach 1 million participants in 2012.
To register for participation in World Read Aloud Day, visit LitWorld’s webpage.
A post on the New York Times Learning Network Blog includes Tips and Tools for World Read Aloud Day by Wendy Gorton, as well as a link to an extensive list of "Great Read-Alouds" from the New York Times.