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Read Aloud Day


World Read Aloud Day is Monday, February 3rd, 2021! We will be celebrating this day with an online author visit brought to us by LitWorld.


Tips to Support Reading

Reading aloud to the children in your life is so important. The National Education Association has shared some tips to make the most of reading aloud to a child.

  • Keep reading to your child even when they can read.

    Read books that are too difficult or long for them to read alone.

  • Try reading books with chapters

    and talk about what is happening in the story. Encourage your child to make predictions about what will happen next, and connect characters or events to those in other books and stories.

  • Talk with your child about favorite authors

    and help them find additional books by those authors.

  • Take turns reading

    a story with your child. Don't interrupt to correct mistakes that do not change the meaning.

  • Talk about the meaning of new words

    and ideas introduced in books. Help your child think of examples of new concepts.

  • Ask your child to tell why

    a character might have taken a specific action. Ask for information from the story to support their answer.

  • Enjoy yourself and have fun.

    The most important thing you can do to help your child become a successful reader is communicate that reading is valuable and enjoyable.


Online Event

Award winning author Kate Messner kate messnerwill be joined by Tracy Baptistetracy baptiste, Debbi Michiko Florencedebbie michiko florence, Hena Khanhena khan, Meg Medinameg medina, Ellen Ohellen oh, Dawn Quigleydawn quigley, Rajani LaRoccarajani larocca, Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovicholugbemisola rhuday-perkovich, Linda Urbanlinda urban, Anne Ursuanne ursu, Renée Watsonrenee watson. They will each read a sneak-preview from an upcoming book for readers in grades 3-7.

NPL Reads Aloud

Over and under the pond

Over and Under the Pond by Kate Messner

Celebrates the forms of life that live above and under a pond, including turtles, red-winged blackbirds, blue herons, minnows, frogs, and catfish.

Amina's Voice

Amina's Voice by Hena Khan

A Pakistani-American Muslim girl struggles to stay true to her family's vibrant culture while simultaneously blending in at school after tragedy strikes her community.

Merci suarez changes gears

Merci Suárez Changes Gears by Meg Medina

Merci Suárez knew that sixth grade would be different, but she had no idea just how different. For starters, Merci has never been like the other kids at her private school in Florida, because she and her older brother, Roli, are scholarship students. They don't have a big house or a fancy boat, and they have to do extra community service to make up for their free tuition. So when bossy Edna Santos sets her sights on the new boy who happens to be Merci's school-assigned Sunshine Buddy, Merci becomes the target of Edna's jealousy. Things aren't going well at home, either: Merci's grandfather and most trusted ally, Lolo, has been acting strangely lately -- forgetting important things, falling from his bike, and getting angry over nothing. No one in her family will tell Merci what's going on, so she's left to her own worries, while also feeling all on her own at school.

The dragon egg princess

The Dragon Egg Princess by Ellen Oh

A magicless boy, a fierce bandit leader, and a lost princess must join forces to save their worlds from foreign forces and a long-forgotten evil that lurks in an ancient magical forest.

Two Naomis

Two Naomis by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich

Other than their first names, Naomi Marie and Naomi Edith are sure they have nothing in common, and they wouldn't mind keeping it that way. Naomi Marie starts clubs at the library and adores being a big sister. Naomi Edith loves quiet Saturdays and hanging with her best friend in her backyard. And while Naomi Marie's father lives a few blocks away, Naomi Edith wonders how she's supposed to get through each day a whole country apart from her mother. When Naomi Marie's mom and Naomi Edith's dad get serious about dating, each girl tries to cling to the life she knows and loves. Then their parents push them into attending a class together, where they might just have to find a way to work with each other--and maybe even join forces to find new ways to define family.