When you read aloud today, you are standing up for every person's fundamental right to read. And while today many thousands of people join us in this advocacy, the change we create will happen because we are linking our voices together with many small moments.
Girls and women and their teachers and protectors are still under attack in Afghanistan and elsewhere, simply because of their passion for reading, learning and a ticket out of crippling poverty and disenfranchisement.
Reading aloud delivers a deep comfort for a child. In stories, they find a safe place to return to, and tools to navigate life. Books provide a risk-free environment to grapple with the world's big questions.
On World Read Aloud Day, I honor the many authors who write for children, for their tender care of the precious lives and understandings of children. Of their fears, hopes and dreams. Of using language to say, beloved child, you are never alone.
Literacy has all kinds of benefits that we might not associate immediately with reading and writing. The stories we read and write and share have the power to transcend physical borders as well as boundaries of race and religion.