World Read Aloud Day, Win a Book to Hug

What’s better than reading aloud to your students? Well, actually, nothing is better. Reading aloud is the best!

2-7-2017 World Read-Aloud Day

That’s what makes World Read Aloud Day so much fun. Teachers, students, parents, kids, and other book lovers around the world will take time out to share a story February 16. Click here to learn more and download free activities.

2-7-2017 Hug This Book, option 2


Let me know what book you love reading aloud. One lucky teacher will win the perfect book to share: Hug This Book! It’s sure to become a new favorite! To enter our random drawing, post a comment to this blog no later than 11:59 pm EST on February 21, 2017. (Update: congratulations to Laura, who is the winner of our prize.)




Here are some other favorite freebies we’ve run across. (Love them? That’s okay, you don’t have to hug me.)



Have you seen ABC Mouse lately? There’s a lot that’s new. More than 8,500 activities (free to schools!) cover preschool, PreK, kindergarten, grade 1, AND—big news!—grade 2. Visit to sign up and let your colleagues know as well.



2-7-2017 IFAW


Which animals do your students adore? Take action for animals and invite students in grades PreK–12 to enter the IFAW World of Animals art contest. Learn more.







Add some drama to your read-alouds. With Novel Effect, a free app for iOS and Android, you can add theme music and sound effects in real time as you read aloud popular children’s books. Check it out.






Hugging a book right now,


PS: Did you know you can WIN an assortment of our Teachers’ Choice Award–winning products? Enter now!

49 thoughts on “World Read Aloud Day, Win a Book to Hug

  1. My students laugh at me (they are 4 years old and 17 ..yes 17 that’s not a typo) every time I read I say I LOVE THIS BOOK! now they sing song to me… every books your favorite book. Just want to hug them and BOOKS!!!

  2. Would love to win. Yesterday a child brought in the book without pictures for me to read. We had so much fun with it. The laughter was amazing

  3. I love reading The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything out loud I have been reading it to my students for 30 years- I am reading the story to some of my former students children.

  4. Reading aloud to my preschoolers and neighborhood children is so much fun and enjoyed by all… Readers of all ages celebrate literacy and the joy and power of reading! Time to head to the book store again. ?

  5. I love starting the school year reading “No, David!” by David Shannon. It is a great book that opens up discussion of our school rules.

  6. There are TOO MANY books that I love to read aloud to my second graders. The Wump World by Bill Peet, I Wish You More by Amy Krause Rosenthal, and Love You Forever by Robert Munsch come to mind quickly – probably because they were some of our most recent read alouds!!! When my class visits the library, we always tell them to ‘HUG THEIR BOOK’ all the way down the hallway so that you don’t drop it and so it is close to your heart. This new book looks amazing!

  7. A recent favorite is “Little Penguins Gets the Hiccups” – it had the kiddos in fits of giggles! And of course, anything Dr. Seuss!

  8. Well, this is a hard one. I enjoy reading aloud so much. It started with reading to my son…shhh, no one is suppose to know that we still do. I also have the pleasure of reading to my students. I have many books I love to perform in read a louds like “Seven Silly Eaters”, “Pickle Chiffon Pie”, “Giant Jam Sandwich” and “What Was I Scared of?” but I think one of my most favorite is “TikKi, Tikki Tembo” retold by Arlene Mosel. Here’s to hugging a book everyday!

  9. I love to read Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel. There is so much to talk about before, during, and after reading this classic-my kindergarten students love learning when the book was first published (1939!!). The black-and-white sketches encourage rich conversations. Mostly, the children are captured by the Maryanne digging faster and faster! We love this book!

  10. There are so many books I love to read aloud with my preschool students. One of my favorites that was a recent read in class is The Napping House by Audrey Wood. I love the repetition, the sequence of events, and the build up to the the climax of that wakeful flea. My students love it too. They are very attentive, noticing all the subtle changes that occur on each new page of the story. Cheers to a great read! 😀

  11. My favorite read aloud books are by Andrew Clements. The students are engaged and the books always have a good moral.

  12. I have many huggable read aloud favorites for grades K-5. Right now “The Snowy Day” and “Snowflake Bentley” are two of my favorite Caldecott Award winning books that we are reading during our Colorado, February, winter weather. We discuss the illustrations and the history of the books, as well as, the content of the books. We “Hug our books” literally when we carry them, and we hug them in many other ways as we take care of them, read them, and discuss them with others. The students would love to see”Hug This Book” on our shelves.

  13. As an elementary school Library Paraeducator, I read aloud to all grades K-6. This winter season I just discovered a new fun interactive book to read with the little ones – Bunny Slopes (so cute). I have way too many favorites to list here, but “Hug This Book” would be a good title for me to share to help support the importance of taking care of our books!

  14. I can’t choose! That’s like asking me to name my favorite student, I love them all! I especially love books by Lois Ehlert, and Denise Fleming. My kids LOVE Go Away Big Green Monster by Ed Emberley, they would listen to that book every day (multiple times)

  15. I am a teacher. My students are ages 2-5 with 6-13 after school. We read every day. We read out loud every day. My students laugh along with me as we try to guess the end of the story. We always entwine our daily art, science, math, large and small motor, and language development learning experiences with our books. When we have special activities that take us away from our regular routines, my class always want a good book before they go home for the day. I am always going to the local library and looking for new books that my students haven’t read or heard about yet. They always want to know what we are reading each day and rush to tell their parents about the story at pick up time. I can’t even try to take the books out of my classroom until Friday’s or they get sad. WE LOVE BOOKS & ENJOYING THEM OUT LOUD! Reading really is an essential part of my happy classroom.

  16. Right now, my K babies are into Pete the Cat books. But, in the past, they have loved Junie B Books and Charlotte’s Web.

    I have too many favorites to name! But, I miss the fact that today’s students do not seem to enjoy the classics like “Little Women” or “Pride and Prejudice” as we did.

  17. I love to read just about any book to my kids and students! Currently, I love reading the Elephant and Piggie books to my 6 year old twins. My 1st grade reading intervention students love them too!

  18. Oh there are so many books I love to read to the kids! I especially lik to use my voice and fluency to give the characters a personality. It’s fun to make the kids laugh and FEEL for each other (developing empathy). Every year I read at least one Alexander book (Alexander and the Horrible Terrible, No Good, Very Bad Day). I enjoy reading Come On, Rain! And I always tell them my Ramona Quimby books were around before Junie B. Jones. Beverly Cleary and Judy Blume were my favorite authors, so I enjoy introducing my classes to their work.

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