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Do You Read Out Loud?


“Read me a story!”

The cry of children—all over the world—yet, over 250 million kids can’t read or write

Last March, I woke up to a challenge and featured a post about LitWorld‘s World Read Aloud Day and how You can help:

“For these children, for all of us, the stories inside books are more than a gentle escape.
They are a life raft.”

Are you able to do any of the following?

I will celebrate independently (spreading the word, hosting an event, as a guest reader, with my friends or family, etc.)

I will celebrate with my school (as a teacher, student, administrator, author, librarian, etc.)

I represent an organization that is interested in partnering with LitWorld for World Read Aloud Day 2013

Watch The Video Below :-)

“Every year on the first Wednesday of March LitWorld’s advocacy campaign for the human right of literacy calls worldwide attention to the importance of reading aloud and sharing stories.”

It’s fun, it’s simple and it changes the world: Read aloud with us.
Spread the word about World Read Aloud Day to family and friends and on your social networking sites.
Read aloud with loved ones or new friends and tally your minutes. Find a sponsor to pledge a donation for the number of minutes you read.
Download LitWorld’s free activity and event kit and host an event in your community, classroom, home or workplace. Connect with friends near and far to grow the movement worldwide.
litworld.org  facebook  twitter  youtube


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“…resilience, hope, and joy through the power of story.”


We all like stories.

We all tell stories.

The quote in the title of this post is from the mission statement of LitWorld.

Back in March, for World Read Aloud Day, I shared some info about LitWorld—Reading Out Loud . . .

This time I’ll share this wonderful opportunity from LitWorld’s site:

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Support LitWorld by shopping at AmazonSmile. Here’s how:

1. Head to smile.amazon.com and log in with the same email address and password as your regular Amazon account, or open a new account if you are a first time shopper. Note: Your purchases must be made through smile.amazon.com to be eligible for a charitable donation.

2. On your first visit to AmazonSmile, you will be prompted to select a charitable organization to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. Type LitWorld in the search box. The search result will return “LitWorld International Inc.” Click “select.”

AmazonSmile will remember your selection, and every eligible purchase you make will result in a donation. You may also want to add a bookmark to AmazonSmile to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile.

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I also want to let you know LitWorld has LitClubs:

“LitWorld believes that everyone has stories that can change the world. Literacy should be meaningful to each individual in the context of their own hopes and dreams.

“The child who values her own stories will use them to create new ideas and new ways of thinking. LitClubs are pioneering integrated approaches that value the story, the creative spirit and the holistic lives of children.”

And, one last (but not LitWorld’s last) worthy endeavor—Innovation Hubs:

“LitWorld Innovation Hubs center our resources in local communities where we engage in deep and strong partnerships, working together to improve outcomes in literacy, personal empowerment, and inter-generational leadership and civic engagement around reading and writing.

“The Hubs provide versatile learning spaces for children and young adults as well as their families, support LitWorld’s educational programming, and offer lending libraries, providing community members with comprehensive access to high quality texts that inspire them to read more regularly. Our hubs offer community members of all ages extensive leadership training, and real opportunities topractice and refine their these capabilities.”

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I’m hoping you’ll go visit LitWorld and hoping you’ll come back and share your thoughts and feelings in our Comments

But, before you go (or, after you come back) watch this video of the Founder of LitWorld, Pam Allyn:


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“Read An Ebook Week” Means *Lots* of Free Ebooks :-)


Smashwords is the world’s largest distributor of indie ebooks. ”

That last sentence is from the Smashwords site. The next sentence is from the Smashwords blog: ebookglasses

“Read an Ebook Week, the world’s largest global celebration of ebooks, kicks off this Sunday at Smashwords.”

“this Sunday” was yesterday :-)

Just two more excerpts from the blog:

“This will be our fifth year sponsoring the event.  The last couple years, as Smashwords as grown, the Smashwords Read an Ebook Week catalog has become the epicenter of much of the action.”

“Each year, the event breaks sales, download, and traffic records for our web site.”

Now, from the official Read An Ebook Week Site:

“Join us from March 3rd through 9th as we celebrate Read an E-Book Week. Visit the site often to download free ebooks offered from dozens of authors, publishers and vendors. You might find a new favorite genre, or author, during the week…  — Deals and Steals.”

BTW, Read An Ebook Week has more Sponsors than just Smashwords

Contests for Free E-Readers

“There are two contests this year:

“March 5th Contest for the Kindle Paperwhite

“March 7th Contest for the NOOK Simple Touch Reader by Barnes & Noble”

Here’s the link for those contests :-)

Also from that site:

Make your Used Kindle a Tool for Change

“Do you have a used Kindle that you can donate to change a life? Worldreader will accept donations of used Kindles and refurbish them. These e-readers provide almost immediate access to hundreds of thousands of books, from textbooks to bestsellers. Some e-readers also have added features such as text-to-speech for new readers, the vision-impaired, or children whose parents cannot read or whose native language is not the language of instruction. And, digital distribution makes possible the publication of much more local content, including newspapers, magazines, flyers and newsletters, health and voting information.

“To donate your used Kindle to Worldreader send an e-mail to kindles@worldreader.org”

“Read an E-Book Week educates and informs the public about the pleasures and advantages of reading electronically. Authors, publishers, vendors, the media and readers world-wide are welcome to join in the effort. We encourage you to promote electronic reading with any event. These could include: public readings, library displays, reading challenges, school visits, newspaper and blog articles, chat show appearances, internet radio interviews, e-book give-ways, and banners on your website.”

And, synchronized with Read An Ebook Week is World Read Aloud Day — March 6th.

“Read It Forward on World Read Aloud Day
“Celebrate by reading aloud, giving away a book, or taking action in any way you can to Read It Forward on behalf of the 793 million people who cannot read.

“Imagine a world where everyone can read…
“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.”

Go Forth And READ :-)

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Reading Out Loud . . .


What are you doing on March 6th, 2013?

It’s a Wednesday

Are you an author, or a reader, or a publisher, or a teacher, or just an ordinary kind of person?

Ever read a book aloud—to other people?

Ever thought reading aloud to others can be a form of aiding literacy??

I have two other posts on this blog that deal with literacy:

E-Readers Can Be A Saving Grace . . .

It’s Simple. They’re Gone Reading :-)

Ever heard of LitWorld?

Their slogan is “Words Changing Worlds“.

O.K., back to March 6th

Oh!  First, a fact and a good thought from LitWorld:

“Worldwide at least 793 million people remain illiterate.”

Imagine a world where everyone can read…”

Now

An Announcement:

World Read Aloud Day: March 6, 2013

And, You Can Help!

From LitWorld’s Site:

“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.

“By raising our voices together on this day we show the world’s children that we support their future: that they have the right to read, to write, and to share their words to change the world.

It’s time to join the Global Literacy Movement

“Accomplished so far:
• Reached 35 countries and 40,000 participants on March 3, 2010
• Reached 60 countries and all 50 states and 200,000 participants on March 9, 2011
• Reached 65 countries and hundreds of thousands of participants on March 7, 2012″

Don’t think you can help?

Are you able to do any of the following?

I will celebrate independently (spreading the word, hosting an event, as a guest reader, with my friends or family, etc.)

I will celebrate with my school (as a teacher, student, administrator, author, librarian, etc.)

I represent an organization that is interested in partnering with LitWorld for World Read Aloud Day 2013

Head on over to LitWorld’s Sign-Up Page (even if all you can do is tell one other person) and let them know you care


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