World Read Aloud Day – March 6, 2013

We love books. We appreciate them, can’t imagine our lives without them, and thank our lucky stars that we’re fortunate enough to immerse ourselves in great stories day-in and day-out. But, what makes us sad (we’re an emotional bunch…) is that there are still millions of people in this world who don’t get to experience the joy of books because they’re denied access to the resources or education they need to learn how to read.

Four years ago, the amazing people over at LitWorld organized World Read Aloud Day. Their mission? To motivate children, teens, and adults worldwide to celebrate the power of words, and to foster resilience, hope, and joy through the power of story.

Today, we encourage you to join the community of people who are “Reading It Forward” by reading aloud, giving away a book, or taking action any way you can on behalf of the 793 million people who can’t read.

One of our favorite quotes goes a little something like this:

“Books are a uniquely portable magic” – Stephen King

Books possess the magic to help build confidence, promote leadership and strengthen communities and everyone should have the opportunity to feel that magic.

We’re “Reading It Forward” by sharing our favorite audio books that possess some of that magical quality we’ve been talking about:

1984, George Orwell   Man's Search for Meaning: An Introduction to Logotherapy, Viktor E. Frankl   Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett   Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking, Malcolm Gladwell          Grapes of Wrath, Frank Galati, John Steinbeck   Lord of the Flies, William Golding   Ishmael: An Adventure of the Mind and Spirit, Daniel Quinn   Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury

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