(Richmond, BC) The Children’s Writers and Illustrators of BC Society (CWILL BC) is proud to participate in Richmond Public Library’s first World Read Aloud Day celebrations, which will be taking place on Wednesday, March 4th, 2015.
Worldwide statistics reveal that at least 793 million people remain illiterate, two thirds of them women. All over the world, children are hungry for learning and the power it brings, yet in many communities it is rare to find spaces where children have access to books and a safe space to tell and write their own stories. LitWorld, which began as a grass roots organization in New York is changing all of that by creating awareness, developing momentum, and by taking creative action. Last year, WRAD reached over 65 countries and had over a million participants.
Every year, for the past seven years, on the first Wednesday of March, LitWorld’s advocacy campaign for the human right of literacy calls worldwide attention to the importance of reading aloud and sharing stories by working with partners across the globe to create read aloud events with authors, communities, and classrooms. This year, several BC Children’s authors are joining the movement and will be visiting international schools, via Skype, to share their love of reading and inspire listeners.
The City of Richmond is participating in WRAD for the first time this year by hosting interactive readings between 10:30 and 11:30am by Sheri Radford and Lori Sherritt-Fleming at the Minoru Branch of the public library, 7700 Minoru Gate # 100, Richmond BC (604-231-6413) with more readings and literacy activities by Lori Sherritt-Fleming, Sheri Radford, Rie Charles and Silvana Goldemberg between 4 and 5pm.
“By raising our voices and reading together on this day, we show the world’s children that we support their future: that they have the right to read, to write, and to share their words to change the world, that their stories and voices are important. We are celebrating and perpetuating the art of reading aloud, something that is often lost in a modern age filled with television programs and video games,” says Lori Sherritt-Fleming, President of CWILL BC. “Our authors and illustrators are pleased to represent Canada on this international stage this year and in years to come. We look forward to the movement growing across Canada”
Find out more about World Read Aloud Day at: http://litworld.org/worldreadaloudday

Children’s Writers & Illustrators of British Columbia