World Read Aloud Day

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On Feb. 1st, Fifth Avenue celebrated World Read Aloud Day, which is a nationwide call to attention of the importance of reading aloud, sharing stories, and the idea of literacy as a human right. Faculty and staff surprised students by putting on a special reader’s theatre performance of “A Bad Case of the Stripes” in the all-purpose room. Later in the day, students and staff engaged in a school-wide activity where every class stopped everything to read. Some titles read included “Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane”, “Holes”, “Number the Stars”, “Wayside School is Falling Down”, and more.

“Reading aloud to children every day can put them almost a year ahead of children who do not receive daily read-alouds,” said Andrea Ferrari, one of the school’s librarians.

“And reading aloud not only helps develop literacy skills,” added librarian Rosemary Becker, ”but also builds community and connects us to each other.”