World Read Aloud Day

Tomorrow, February 1, is World Read Aloud Day. The nonprofit LitWorld founded World Read Aloud Day in 2010 to “celebrate the power of reading aloud to create community and amplify new stories, and to advocate for literacy as a foundational human right.” 

Since its inception, World Read Aloud Day has become a global movement empowering millions of readers, writers and listeners to share the joy or storytelling and continue to advocate for global literacy. 

It’s critical to start reading to children at a young age. Research shows that reading aloud to babies can assist in language development, and as they grow, it can help children improve their language skills and support their cognitive development.

At Yonkers Public Library, we want to help support the development and foster a lifelong love of learning. The 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program encourages parents to read 1000 books with their young children before they enter kindergarten. You can sign up for the program online through ReadSquared, or register in person in the children’s room of your local YPL branch.

We hope you join us for some of our in-person story time programs in February at your local branch:




And be sure to check out some of these great reads to read aloud at home!

Alison Robles is a part-time page at the Crestwood Library. She is an avid reader with a passion for YA lit, history and science fiction. A Yonkers native, she graduated from Iona University in 2020 with a dual-degree in Marketing and Public Relations.