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March is Read Aloud Month

Did you know that March is Read Aloud Month, and today is World Read Aloud Day?

Read Aloud 15 MINUTES

I’m so honored to be partnering with Read Aloud 15 MINUTES to help raise awareness to the power and importance of reading aloud to our children! Throughout the month, I’ll be sharing interesting facts regarding reading aloud to our children on Facebook, Twitter, and Instragram. Today I’d also like to draw your attention to this School of You handout; you can download here, print out, and share with a parent! It’s filled with interesting facts, such as, did you know a baby’s brain doubles in size within the first year of life? There are actually a number of great downloadable handouts, posters, and even bookmarks over at


ALSO: In just a few hours Pam Allyn, founding director of LitWorld along with Dr. Perri Klass, national medical director of the nonprofit Reach Out and Read, and Maggie McGuire, vice president of Scholastic’s kids and parents websites, will take part in a conversation about the benefits of reading aloud and how it can be used to create social change, from 10 am to 11am CST, on the PBS NewsHour’s Facebook page.

Read Aloud 15 MINUTES is a non-profit organization that is working to make reading aloud every day for at least 15 minutes the new standard in child care. When every child is read aloud to for 15 minutes every day from birth, more children will be ready to learn when they enter kindergarten, more children will have the literacy skills needed to succeed in school, and more children will be prepared for a productive and meaningful life after school. For more information, visit: Read Aloud.

Erin Sipes
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