LitWorld to Partner with Scholastic and NYC Police Commissioner Bratton to Commemorate World Read Aloud Day

  LitWorld to Partner with Scholastic and NYC Police Commissioner Bratton to
                       Commemorate World Read Aloud Day

Celebration Focused on Promoting Literacy Around the World

PR Newswire

NEW YORK, March 3, 2014

NEW YORK, March 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --On March 5th, LitWorld, a global
501(c)3 literacy organization, in partnership with Scholastic, The New York
Public Library, NYC Police Commissioner William Bratton, Skype in the
classroom, Broadway's Matilda the Musical and Gray Line New York, will
celebrate World Read Aloud Day (WRAD) in New York City. LitWorld's World Read
Aloud Day is an annual day of celebration focused on closing the word gap by
advocating for all children to have access to books and the power of the read

"Reading is a basic human right that belongs to all people. The mission of
LitWorld is to empower children to reach their full potential," says Pam
Allyn, Executive Director of LitWorld. "At LitWorld, we truly believe that
access is the currency for change around the world. Each and every day,
literacy gives children access to a world of information, inspiration and

Today, at least 793 million people globally cannot read. According to the U.S.
Department of Education and the National Institute of Literacy, 32 million
adults in the U.S. cannot read. An inability to read will be a barrier to a
successful and productive life – LitWorld and partners are committed to change

On Wednesday, Scholastic and LitWorld will host New York City public school
children for a read aloud with celebrated author R.L. Stine and Clifford the
Big Red Dog. Children from PS 46 in Harlem will arrive on an iconic Gray Line
New York double decker bus, donated especially for the day. "World Read Aloud
Day not only celebrates the joy of sharing books and stories through
read-alouds but also champions the importance of making sure children
everywhere have access to books and the opportunity to learn to love to read,"
says Dick Robinson, Chairman, President and CEO, Scholastic.

Later, NYPL's Jefferson Market branch will host an intergenerational WRAD
event, featuring NYC Police Commissioner William Bratton. "I know quite well
how reading one book as a child can inspire the course of your life. That's
what happened to me when I discovered "Your Police" in a Boston public
library. I am proud to be part of the important work done by LitWorld to
provide everyone that same opportunity by expanding literacy," says
Commissioner Bratton. Renowned author Jacqueline Woodson will also join this
event as a guest reader. "We consider it our responsibility to offer anyone
who wants to learn to read the opportunity to do so and we are proud to
partner with LitWorld," said Tony Marx, NYPL President.

Skype in the classroom, a free global education platform for teachers, will
connect classrooms with authors around the world for special guest read-alouds
to commemorate the occasion. "We are excited to partner with LitWorld around
World Read Aloud Day. Through Skype in the classroom, teachers will be able to
access hundreds of notable authors, guest readers, and other classrooms to
share the joy of reading aloud together through a simple video call," said
Wendy Norman, Head of Social Good at Skype.

Broadway's Matilda will also be participating in World Read Aloud Day. Look to
social media to see videos of the cast and crew from London and New York City
reading aloud to further emphasize the power of literacy.

LitWorld encourages people everywhere to participate in World Read Aloud Day
by organizing a reading celebration at home, work or in the community or
classroom. Find downloadable free resources at Schedule a
read aloud session over Skype at Join the social media
movement by connecting with LitWorld on Facebook and
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Press Contact: Marissa Chieco,, 212-880-5277

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