Each year Episcopal teachers and students join others around the world in celebrating World Read Aloud Day. According to LitWorld, which established the global observance, the day “calls global attention to the importance of reading aloud, sharing stories, and the idea of literacy as a human right by bringing communities together across the world to read aloud and change the world”.
Episcopal World Read Aloud Day celebrations included special guest readers during the Lower School Morning Meeting all week. Members of the Episcopal PreK-4 class read the book “Becoming a Butterfly”, which they personally authored and illustrated based on their experience with their school butterfly garden. Imagine reading before the entire Lower School division at age four! Listen and read along with PreK-4, Arkaitz Hamer.
Cross Country Coach Claney Duplechin also joined the students for a reading of “Cajun Cornbread Boy” by Dianne de Las Casas. With his signature Cajun accent and wit, Coach Dupe truly made the cornbread boy come alive for students.
Episcopal students even had the opportunity to read aloud with others from faraway places. Lower School Librarian Catherine Word organized Skype calls with children from places like Wisconsin and Hawaii. “This day is important because it celebrates the right to read as well as enjoying reading with others,” she says.
World Read Aloud Day is a great opportunity to remember the importance of reading to a child. Fortunately, there is a daily emphasis on reading at Episcopal from teachers attending reading conferences to learn best practices, to Middle School students competing in the Battle of the Books. Episcopal is a great place to be a reader!