Anyone who knows me knows that books are my weakness. I’ve got books in every room of my house and I honestly go into withdrawals if I go a day without reading. Reading aloud during the day to my older children is one of the happy hazards of homeschooling. I read to them as they fold the clothes or do the dishes or clean their rooms. It’s a win win situation, right? They’re happy and they’re getting their chores done and we’re doing something educational! I also read picture books to my unsuspecting clients. I’m a marriage and family therapist and a firm believer in bibliotherapy!
So when I learned about World Read Aloud Day, I was thrilled. Exactly one week from today millions of people in more than 100 countries will celebrate world read aloud day by reading aloud of course! I can’t wait to read my book to classrooms in Ohio, Michigan, New Jersey, Iowa and Georgia over Skype! If you are an author, there’s still time to sign up for Skype visits on the World Read Aloud Day page. Just go to Kate Messner’s blog, to sign up!
Reading aloud is a wonderful way to understand the true impact of the words in any book. As a picture book writer, I look forward to reading picture books to my kids every day because not only can I learn from their reactions to the books, but I also have the privilege of bonding with my kids over book love!
As a bibliophile, I jumped at the chance to team up with Carrie Charley Brown this year to co-coordinate a challenge for book lovers everywhere. It’s called Reading for Research Month (ReFoReMo). The challenge is to read 5 stellar picture books a day for 21 days! As a writer, reading these books helps me improve my writing skills. As a reader, reading these books brings me joy. If you love reading and writing, I invite you to join the challenge. And here’s a song by the brilliant Emily Arrow to get you pumped about book love and ReFoReMo!
Kirsti Call is a homeschooling mom of five. Her debut picture book, The Raindrop Who Couldn't Fall, came out December 2013 with Character Publishing. Her family band, Calling Out, plays songs written by her children. She contributes to Writer's Rumpus, and Institute of Children's Literature. She co-coordinates Reading for Research Month, a challenge for picture book writers who use mentor texts to improve their writing skills. If you visit her house, you’ll likely find her reading or writing. You can find out more about her at www.kirsticall.com.
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