Reading Books We Love for World Read Aloud Day

Tammy Pretz (elementary school librarian) writes on February 14’s World Read Aloud Day in the elementary school library.


On World Read Aloud Day, people all around the globe read aloud together and share stories to advocate for literacy as a human right that belongs to all people. This year in the ASIJ elementary school library, we celebrated World Read Aloud Day on February 14th. Our theme this year was “Books We Love!”

Thanks to a generous PTA grant, the elementary library now has 54 new Japanese picture books that are translations of some of the most highly circulated books written in English. On World Read Aloud Day, 16 guest readers came to the library throughout the day and read books we love in both the English and Japanese languages.

This year’s 16 guest readers largely included elementary school teachers with a few surprise visitors from other parts of campus. They tackled eight books in both English and Japanese.

Jennifer Brown and Kyoko Takano (Japan Center co-director) regaled students with the story Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds and Peter Brown; Tim Bernhardt and Yumiko Guelcher read The Book with No PIctures by B.J. Novak; Don Cosgrove and Rina Hara brought life to I Love my New Toy by Mo Willems; Christine Yamanaka and Mariko Yokosuka (Japan Center co-director) entertained students with Oh No! by Candace Fleming and Eric Rohmann; Randi Wilkinson made students miss their crayons with The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt; Joanne Harris-Rolls and Hiromi Yoshida (Summer Day Camp administrative assistant) reminded kids it’s pollen season with Pigs Make Me Sneeze by Mo Willems; Mike and Miyuki Jessee lulled all with Goodnight Everyone by Chris Haughton; and Amy Welbourn and Miho Vargo wrapped World Read-Aloud Day up with They All Saw Cat By Brendan Wenzel.