Read Aloud Day: Open the door to new worlds!

Annually commemorated on 1 February, World Read Aloud Day (WRAD) is the perfect opportunity to highlight the endless benefits of what is an essential and fundamental skill.

While conversation might improve a child’s grasp of spoken language, an enriched vocabulary can only be achieved through consistent exposure to books, newspapers and magazines.

Reading aloud not only sets your child on the pathway to a love of reading and books but also has the added benefit of increasing attention span.

But parents must lead by example, without your leadership, your child simply will not take to reading if no one else in their home is doing it.

According to a study conducted by the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA), “78% of Grade 4 learners cannot read for meaning in any language.”

Do we really need further motivation to start nurturing our children’s young minds?

Check out the video below by Nal’ibali to see how it's done and how you and your children can take part in their #WRADChallenge2018: 

Here are a few useful links to help you with getting into the habit of reading aloud to your children: 

Tips for encouraging reading  

Get these basics right to encourage reading in your home.

Best reading apps and programmes for children  

Is your child struggling to read? These remedial reading apps are guaranteed to boost your child's confidence.

Fun ways to read with your children  

Parents who read to their kids help to create readers.

Does your child need reading help? 

Recognise the early signs to get your little reader up to speed. 

How to cope with reading difficulty 

Here are some tips for different reading problems.  

Make reading fun! 

Whether your child struggles to read or is a book lover, these tips can help support his efforts. 

Classics your kids can still enjoy

Here are some classic books that a childhood wouldn't be complete without.

How do you encourage reading in your home? Have you found a great way to get your children into reading? Tell us in the comment section below or email to and we could publish your letter. Do let us know if you'd like to stay anonymous.  

Read more: 

Sign up for our weekly newsletter to receive Parent24 stories directly to your inbox.  

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24