International Read To Me Day

March 19th is observed annually as International Read to Me Day. Study after study has confirmed the long-known fact that reading to children supports their cognitive development, prepares them for academic success, improves their language skills, increases imaginative powers and creativity, and helps to cultivate a lifelong love of reading.

This day reminds parents that reading to their children is one of the most important things they can do. All things that will help a child grow into the adult they were meant to be. And it can all be achieved by allotting just a little bit of time to read to a child. Not just on this day, but every day of the year.

The History of International Read To Me Day

This holiday was founded in 2018 by Emma Mactaggart. She was the founder of a literacy advocacy organization called Child Writes, based in Australia. The word would become International Read to Me Day in other countries.

This holiday is currently observed in the United Kingdom, Canada, and the United States. It has also begun to be observed in other countries as well.

Observing International Read To Me Day

Observing this holiday is relatively easy for anyone wishing to observe it. All they have to do is take the time to read to their children or to a child they may know. Many libraries across the world host book readings for children on this day, and these are the perfect opportunities for people to volunteer to become book readers.

People can also spread the word about this holiday online using the hashtag #InternationalReadToMeDay on social media. If we all come together and make sure that children are read to, we can ensure that the next generation grows up to be more academically successful and well-rounded.

When is it?
This year (2024)
March 19 Tuesday
Next year (2025)
March 19 Wednesday
Last year (2023)
March 19 Sunday
Education & Reading