World Read Aloud Day

Tuesday evening at the Topeka City Council meeting Mayor Bill Bunten proclaimed Wednesday, March 7, 2012 World Read Aloud Day in Topeka. Representatives from Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library and the Kansas Children’s Discovery Center we be present to accept the proclamation.





This day is sponsored by the New York-based literacy organization LitWorld, participants are asked to read with loved ones and friends to help reach a goal of 774 million minutes of reading to recognize the 774 million people worldwide who are illiterate.

LeAnn Petrie, the library’s Youth Services Supervisor, says,”World Read Aloud Day’s purpose is to emphasis the importance of reading. Worldwide at least 793 million people remain illiterate. Two-thirds of them are women. Reading promotes learning and learning brings empowerment. As a public library we want to highlight that.”

Reading aloud with children:

  • Helps them make connections between their lives and the world around them
  • Strengthens bonds between the reader and the listener
  • Builds vocabulary as kids are introduced to new words
  • Grows attention span and listening skills
  • Exposes kids to the rhythm of language and conversation

The whole of it is that when kids are read to they get all the warmth of having attention from someone they love, and they develop a love of reading and learning.

Wednesday Library Storytimes

The Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library will host four storytimes throughout the day for World Read Aloud Day.

Preschool Storytime [3-5 years] Stories, songs and fingerplays that encourage a love of reading and develop early literacy skills. 10:00 AM to 10:30 AM

Sing, Move and Learn [3-5 years and their families] Learn how to use music, movement and books to connect with your child and promote playful learning. Cosponsored by Child Care Aware of Northeast & North Central Kansas.
6:30 PM to 7:30 PM

Sneak, Peek and Read [18-24 months] Bubbles and books, wiggles and songs! Early literacy exercises for toddlers and adults to enjoy together. Registration was required prior to this program.
9:30 AM to 10:00 AM and 10:30 AM to 11:00 AM

If you can’t make it to any of our storytimes or maybe you are just out of time and energy (it happens) we’re always here to help. Go to you’ll find some of your kid’s favorite characters and many of them will read a story. At the bottom you’ll see a link to my favorite storytime site by the Screen Actors Guild Foundation Let famous actors read to your children. They read from some of our most beloved story books.

It’s not just for toddlers! Reading aloud to elementary-aged children is also very important. Our Kansas Connections programs reach many children right in school. This year we have read to over 800 children at 33 different programs so far this year, and it’s only early March. Ask you kid if their library came to them today in the classroom.

Reading aloud can nurture within each child an enthusiasm for literacy. Learn more about this at Literacy Connections.

If you need advice on reading aloud to children we have that covered too. Check out these books:

The Read-Aloud Hand Book





Father and Son Read-Aloud Stories





Once upon a Family: Read-aloud Stories and Activities that Nurture Healthy Kids /





While searching for books about reading to children I found this wonderful book. Reading aloud isn’t just for kids.

The Sunshine on My Face: a Read-aloud Book for Memory-challenged Adults

Nancy is a former employee.