WRAD 1st. Feb.2018. http://www.litworld.org/mission/
World Read Aloud Day is a day when authors all over the planet read from their works for audiences. The aim of the experience is to foster a love of reading in the children and give them a sense of the joys of being a writer.
The three of us visited Henry Anderson Elementary for World Read Aloud Day. We visited in the library and read to a group of kindergarten to Grade 3 children and then to a group of Grade 4 to 7.
We received a wonderful reception from the children and the staff. The children were very attentive and absorbed in our stories. It was a lot of fun reading from our materials to the children. I found it gave me a true glimpse into what parts of my stories worked and which parts still needed to be fixed. All in all it was a wonderful experience for me and for Suzanne and Lori as well I’m sure.
The teachers had wanted us to speak a little about what had inspired us to write our stories. This was the first time that I showed my crystal. I pulled it out of my pocket and it delighted me to see the expressions on the children’s faces. It meant something to them. It made me realize that my thoughts and imagination had an impact on others. It is a wonderful realization to have.
I have to say also, that I drew inspiration from Lori and Suzanne. It was interesting for me, to watch their interactions with the children, and what drew the most responses from our audiences.
Thank you Lori and Janet Mumford, the librarian, for organizing this event for us.
(G.Rosemary Ludlow 10 February 2018)