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Today is World Read Aloud Day

Lit World

It's easy to take reading for granted, but there are plenty of people who can't do it—almost a billion people are unable to read a book or sign their name. Plus: 20 Books to Pass Down to You Kids 

Once upon a time, a literacy organization called LitWorld created World Read Aloud Day to promote literacy and spread awareness. And today, to honor the occasion, LitWorld is asking people to read with loved ones and friends to help reach a goal of 774 million minutes of reading to honor the 774 million people worldwide who are illiterate. Plus: Must-Have Books for Baby's First Library 

Today tens of thousands of people in more than 40 countries will be celebrating World Read Aloud Day with read-a-thons, poetry slams, and international video chat readings in schools and community groups around the world. Plus: Great Reads for Preschoolers 

So today, make a point to pick up a great book and cuddle up to read with your kids. (Check out some of our favorite read-together books.) Or let them read to you. And take a moment to realize how awesome it is to be able to pick up a book and know what it says.