Richmond author one of record number participating in 10th World Read Aloud Day

Cozying under the covers and having a loved one read a bedtime story is a fond childhood memory for many, but one Richmond-based children’s author says the practice could actually hold many pay offs.

Celebrating the benefit of out-loud reading to kids, World Read Aloud Day is set to be recognized in Richmond this Friday. Local author, Lori Sherritt-Fleming will visit Brighouse Elementary to read from some of her books and share why she loves reading with students.

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“I was read aloud to as a child, pretty much every night. My favourite time at school was definitely at the library and our librarian would read aloud to us. There is a great power in that,” she told the Richmond News.

World Read Aloud Day was founded 10 years ago and this is B.C.’s sixth year participating. The movement aims to call attention to the importance of reading aloud, sharing stories and the idea of literacy as a human right. This year, more B.C. authors and illustrators than ever are participating in the event.

Sherritt-Fleming said reading aloud to children is a great way to help them sleep, open up their imagination, build relationships, improve school performance and have fun.

“It’s a really beautiful time to connect just to have that family time or friendly time. It’s empowering,” she added.

Anyone can participate in World Read Aloud Day, simply by reading a story out loud on Friday, Feb. 1.

“It’s such an easy thing to do. It’s very accessible,” Sherritt-Fleming said. “It doesn’t take a lot of time or effort, necessarily, but it is a really fantastic thing.”

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