Reading Recovery Europe


Reading Recovery Read Aloud 2021

Read Aloud is a month of events to celebrate learners and encourage awareness children to enjoy reading and sharing books. This year, the Read Aloud theme is ‘Tell me a story’.



Reading Recovery Read Aloud events increase awareness of children who struggle to read and to ensure they get the attention they need.  The events will raise the self-esteem of these children by enabling them to celebrate their achievements in literacy and to become role models for others who are facing a similar struggle.

Date:   The Reading Recovery Read Aloud took place throughout March 2021.

The theme was ‘Tell me a story’. We were developing opportunities for children to be read stories and encouraging Reading Recovery children to read to others. Connecting readers and their audience online played a large role in this year’s Read Aloud.
Some schools combined Reading Recovery Read Aloud with other activities to celebrate Reading for Pleasure around World Book Day.

How can my school get involved?
We contacted schools about arrangements for children to listen to stories read by some special guests. These were released over the Read Aloud month. 

Reading Recovery Read Aloud 2021 story links

We were also asking teachers to arrange for Reading Recovery children to read to someone special.  This might have been a parent, grandparent, someone in your school, a local or national celebrity or VIP.  Children read to someone 'virtually' by using either skype or videoing their reading and sending a recording of the reading to the special person. 

The books for recordings made of children reading, were selected from the recommended list as we arranged permissions for those books to be used in video/audio recordings and shared online.

When teachers shared those books in recordings, children began by reading the author’s and the illustrator’s names before they started reading to acknowledge that permission was gained from the publishers by Reading Recovery Europe (RRE).

Some children and teachers shared the experience, by sending us their photos and stories written by the children inspired by the event, sharing the children's achievements on social media, or inviting your local press to celebrate some good news in their area.
When you send in photos of your Read Aloud
activities, please include parental and school consent forms. You can find these in the resource pack on this webpage.

Alternatively, after gaining consent, you and your school could share your photos of your Reading Recovery Read Aloud event on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/ILCRREurope/) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/ILC_RREurope) - we could then share and retweet them. If you Tweet about Read Aloud, please tag the author and publisher of any books used in recorded read-alouds and use the hashtag #Reading Recovery.

How can we help you to make this happen?
You can download a resource pack with suggestions for how to organise the event. The pack includes a template letter to invite someone you know to support your children, a postcard you could send to a celebrity with a video clip of the child reading to make it easy for them to respond to the child, and an information sheet which could support you to send a press release to your local media.

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