January News for You: An Invitation to Celebrate World Read Aloud Day, and More

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We Exceeded our Annual Appeal Goal. Jump for Joy!

We welcome 2016 with the joyful news that we surpassed our $500,000 Annual Appeal fundraising goal! Your support, friendship and advocacy for LitKids across the country and around the world empowers us to ring in 2016 as the year of the LitKid, when thousands more children will experience the profound joy of belonging to a LitClub community. Read on for a special tour of LitWorld stories that are in full swing for the new year.

Join the Countdown to World Read Aloud Day

World Read Aloud Day on February 24th calls attention to the power of reading aloud, and connects the world as a community of readers. World Read Aloud Day is proudly sponsored by Scholastic, and we are honored to join together to bring the power of the read aloud to many more children in the United States and around the world. Join our global movement of over one million people: Register your participation. Count down on social media. Download our classroom and community activity kits. Schedule a virtual read aloud with an author, another classroom, or family and friends. Share this post with your friends and followers.

 Photo credit: Monet Izabeth Eliastam

Photo credit: Monet Izabeth Eliastam

The LitWorld Way

LitWorld is a first responder, bringing urgently needed literacy programs to people who have experienced trauma or natural disasters. But the power of LitWorld is that we stay for the long term, cultivating sustainable learning structures with community partners to support children through to high school, college and beyond. Our team is in Nepal and Haiti this week with graduate students from the Wagner School of Public Service. We will work with our local partners to illuminate the impact of our innovative approach of empowering local leaders to deliver responsive literacy programs, and to deepen and grow our replicable, resilience-building model.

Listen Up: Every Child a Super Reader

LitWorld Founder Pam Allyn and Board Member Dr. Ernest Morrell, Macy Professor of Education at Columbia University’s Teachers College, are the featured guests on the latest Scholastic Reads podcast! Pam and Ernest talk about their new book Every Child a Super Reader and how we can us the inherent strength and brilliance of each child to get them excited and inspired to read. Listen to the podcast here.