Happy World Read Aloud Day to you!
From the LitWorld website:
World Read Aloud Day is about taking action to show the world that the right to read and write belongs to all people. World Read Aloud Day motivates children, teens, and adults worldwide to celebrate the power of words, especially those words that are shared from one person to another, and creates a community of readers advocating for every child’s right to a safe education and access to books and technology.
Is anyone else addicted to Pinterest, or is it just me? A few weeks ago I pinned this really amazing craft from Mommy Labs, creating a self-portrait with magazine clippings and mixed media, and someone repinned it with the comment that it would work well with a reading of Max’s Words. Which, of course, it totally would! (I wish I could figure out who it was so I could give credit where credit is due – but thanks for introducing us to this book, whoever you are!)
Poor Max – his brother Benjamin collects stamps and everyone admires them, but he won’t share with Max. His brother Karl collects coins and everyone admires them, but he won’t share with Max. So Max decides that he is going to collect words, and he finds that his collection is way cooler than his brothers’ because while their collections don’t really do anything, his can tell stories!
As a writer, reader, and word nerd I love how Max comes to appreciate the beauty and versatility of words. Some are small but necessary, some make you feel good, some you say to other people. Just one word has the power to completely change a sentence or a story! And when you share your words with others, you can build whole worlds together.
Enjoy a book with your kids today (and every day, of course)! Here are some resources for finding your next great read-aloud:
- 75 Books That Build Character
- Amelia Bloomer Project
- Institute for Humane Education
- TouchstoneZ Book Sharing Monday
I’m a big lover of public libraries, but if you come across a book that you simply must own or would like to give as a gift, I encourage you to purchase from Better World Books. It’s an amazing company that saves books from landfills, sells them, and donates the proceeds to literacy projects worldwide including Books for Africa, Invisible Children, The National Center for Family Literacy, Room to Read, Worldfund, and more!