World Read Aloud Day 2012

March 4th, 2012 by

SHHHHH!

That’s what you hear often in the library. But on Tuesday, March 7, you might get a chance to SHOUT at the top of your lungs*… because it’s World Read Aloud Day!

The goal of World Read Aloud Day is to promote literacy all over the globe — but you can get started in your own backyard! Or front yard. Or both, I suppose, if you clone yourself.

Anyway…

I usually prefer reading in complete silence — not even any music playing in the background. I usually become so intensely engrossed in my book that when someone comes up to me, I’ll get startled and scream, “BLARGHHAAAAAAAAHHHHH!!!” really loud, jump three feet in the air, and position my arms in a defensive ninja-style stance.

But I’ll make an exception for World Read Aloud Day. And whatever your style of reading, why not kick it up a notch and read out loud a bit, to share the love? In honor of this sentiment, Karen and I decided to record ourselves reading some of our favorite book passages:

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Karen’s Favorite Passages
From Friends Are Like That by Patricia Hermes:

“Some stars burned out billions of years ago, but they’re so far away, and their light takes so long to reach the earth, that you’re seeing light that was sent out billions of years ago. So, if the star no longer exists, yet you’re looking at it, then in a sense, you’re looking backward in time.”

From The Wide Window by Lemony Snicket

“If you are allergic to a thing, it is best not to put that thing in your mouth. Particularly if the thing is cats.”

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Nancy’s Favorite Passage

From Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder

“Once upon a time, sixty years ago, a little girl lived in the Big Woods of Wisconsin, in a little gray house made of logs.”

What awesome book will YOU be sharing on World Read Aloud Day?

— Nancy

*Nancy and Kidsmomo advise readers to first check with their librarians before potentially disrupting the serene library atmosphere by shouting, “I LOVE READING, OH YES I DO! I LOVE READING, HOW ABOUT YOU!?!”

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