Here at the NYC Department of Education, we are firm believers in the power of reading.
After all, the more we read, the more knowledge we have. Books build the foundations of our ideas, opinions, creativity, and beliefs—so the more books we gain exposure to, the more our brains exercise.
With reading being so fundamental to what our students are able to accomplish, on February 1, NYC schools will join other schools across the country and around the world to celebrate World Read Aloud Day, a global campaign started by the literacy-based nonprofit, LitWorld, to encourage daily reading and storytelling among students and their families.
Throughout the day, participating schools and organizations will organize literacy-based activities that celebrate reading, writing, and storytelling. Some will celebrate the day by arranging reading circles and poetry slams, while others have invited special guests to read to their students.
In support of World Read Aloud Day, we encourage everyone to join us on February 1 to celebrate and share the joys of book-reading! Pick out some of your favorite titles, read them aloud with your friends and families, and commemorate those moments on social media by using the hashtags, #WorldReadAloudDay and #WRAD.
Need some book ideas? Naturally, we’ve got you covered! Check out the following websites and pages to kick off your search; we’re sure you’ll find a new favorite among our suggestions!
- DOE’s NYC Reads 365 website
- The Morning Bell’s “Book of the Month” Features
- The Morning Bell’s “Become a Reading Superhero” Feature
- The Morning Bell’s “Honoring the Past, Inspiring the Future” Feature for Black History Month
There is a whole world of books out there waiting for each of you; we hope you and your families use World Read Aloud Day to discover some of them for yourselves.
On behalf of the DOE, we thank LitWorld and all participating schools and organizations for their WRAD efforts!