World Read Aloud Day was February 5, 2020! Stay tuned for 2021 information. We’ll post it as it comes in. In the meantime, every day can be read aloud day in your own home!
Why is reading aloud important? A 2015 study (PDF) found that children are exposed to a larger vocabulary from picture books read aloud than from conversations with adults. This is because we tend to speak with the same 5000 most popular words; while books — even picture books — are more likely to use words outside that popular 5000. Sometimes reading aloud can be easier said than done, but we have some resources to make it easier – even on the difficult days.