Tuesday, February 14, 2017

This year World Read Aloud Day is February 16.

What is World Read Aloud Day?

Celebrated each year, World Read Aloud Day was started by LitWorld to bring attention to the power or reading stories aloud to children. Young and old we all know the power of a picture book or short story. 
The research on read aloud is clear – when children listen to the voices of their teachers and family members read stories aloud they can become stronger readers! You can learn more about LitWorld’s work and World Read Aloud Day on their website.
This list includes some favorite read aloud websites and apps that are prefect for your World Read Aloud Day celebrations.

  1. EPIC! (website and app) This iPad app and website gives elementary-school aged readers access to thousands of books straight from their device.  Kids can set their preferences, browse the collection and earn badges for their achievements.  This engaging app is great for reluctant readers or students struggling to find a just-right book that also captures their interest.
  2. One More Story (website) This is an online library for students with plenty of fiction titles perfect for read aloud.
  3. Storyline Online (website) Presented by the Screen Actors Guild Foundation, this site has videos of well-known actors reading your favorite picture books aloud.
  4. Reading Rainbow (website and app) Looking for a seemingly endless number of great books? Reading Rainbow has plenty of titles for independent readers. Students can work on any device to explore stories independently or with a partner. There are lots of choices for readers with different interests.
  5. Caribu (app) This very cool app connects two readers from down street or across the world so they can explore a picture book together – perfect for long distance read alouds.
  6. Goodnight Safari (app) This beautifully illustrated interactive book that children can explore independently.