Some of us are lucky. We grew up with a Mum, Dad, Nana, Poppy, carer, babysitter or older sibling who invited us to climb on their lap and listen to a story. It’s on those laps and in the colourful pages of children’s books that a love of reading and learning is kindled.
An estimated 250 million children around the world today are not so lucky. They never get to hear about Horton, or listen to the misadventures of a curious monkey called George, or hear a loved one read the words, “I love you to the moon–and back.” They are excluded from the joys and the privileges that reading affords.
LitWorld is a non-profit literacy organization “fostering resilience, hope, and joy through the power of story.” Their goal is not merely to put books in disadvantaged children’s hands, but rather to be a catalyst for “productive and transformational literacy.” Their programs take a bigger view, to address the huge problems of poverty and inequality.
World Read Aloud Day
One of LitWorld’s initiatives is World Read Aloud Day on 4 March 2015, when over a million people around the world commit to reading aloud to show support for disadvantaged children.
According to LitWorld’s website,
World Read Aloud Day motivates children, teens, and adults worldwide to celebrate the power of words and creates a community of readers taking action to show the world that the right to literacy belongs to all people. By raising our voices together on this day, we show the world’s children that we support their futures: that they have the right to read, to write, and to share their stories.
What a great cause!
Spilling Ink is getting behind World Read Aloud Day 2015 in a number of ways.
- Alison is reading aloud at a primary school library in Brisbane, (fulfilling a long-standing dream).
- Spilling Ink is promoting some great books for reading aloud. Check in next week when I feature stories written by my author friends. Need some ideas for reading material for your own World Read Aloud Day challenge? Look no further! Spilling Ink has the scoop!
- Alison is speaking with the good people at The Pyjama Foundation, where every day is Read Aloud Day! These volunteers read to young Australians in foster care to support their literacy development.
If you’d like to back World Read Aloud Day or the fantastic work of LitWorld, visit their webpage to make a donation.