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Facebook Chat: Why read aloud?

What are the benefits of reading aloud? What is the impact on children’s educational outcomes beyond literacy? Are all books created equally? How important is the quality of reading material?

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that parents begin reading aloud to their children starting in infancy. But what about when children become readers themselves? Is there a benefit to encouraging children to read out loud, as well as silently?

The nonprofit LitWorld believes reading aloud builds confidence, and gives children the tools to tell their own stories, ultimately raising awareness of issues facing marginalized communities. Could reading aloud impact social change?

PBS NewsHour will host a Facebook chat on the benefits of reading aloud, as well as its potential as a tool for social change. Pam Allyn, founding director of LitWorld will answer questions along with Dr. Perri Klass, national medical director of the nonprofit Reach Out and Read, and Maggie McGuire, vice president of Scholastic’s kids and parents websites. To join the conversation, visit PBS NewsHour’s Facebook page on World Read Aloud Day — Wednesday, March 4 — from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. EST. Allyn, Klass and McGuire will be answering questions through their organizations’ Facebook profiles.

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