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Fort Bend ISD celebrates month of love for reading in February with first World Read Aloud Day

FORT BEND ISD (Feb. 8, 2024) – February is the month of love, and in Fort Bend ISD, it has been the month to fall in love with literacy.

Fort Bend ISD elementary students joined students across the globe as the district observed World Read Aloud Day on February 7. More than 860 classrooms participated in a district-wide live broadcast where thousands of FBISD elementary students heard from district and school leaders including Deputy Superintendent Beth Martinez. The leaders took turns reading to each grade level. The books chosen were:

  • Prekindergarten – “You Matter” by Christian Robinson
  • 1st Grade – “John’s Turn” by Mac Barnett
  • 2nd Grade – “Something, Someday,” by Amanda Gorman
  • 3rd Grade – “Hidden Gem” by Linda Liu
  • 4th Grade – “My Dog Just Speaks Spanish” by Andrea Cáceres
  • 5th Grade – Surprise book in Twi, the language from Ghana, Africa”

“We thank you our guest readers, the Reese Career and Technical center, Library Services and Literacy Curriculum for joining us to celebrate World Read Aloud Day in Fort Bend ISD!” Director of Early Childhood Education Yady Blessinger said.

Established in 2010, World Read Aloud Day was founded by LitWorld, a nonprofit organization founded to strengthen kids and communities through the power of stories. The day is sponsored by Scholastic and is celebrated in more than 100 countries.

The event was a collaboration between the district’ Early Childhood Education department and the Career and Technical Education’s Early Child Education Lab and Audio/Visual team. The Lab is led by educators Brandon Rammrath, Katherine Krzeminski and Veronica Carrillo, and the production was handled by educator Joey Dyrud-Lange and students Evan Beltran (Elkins High School), Nico Martin (Austin High School) and Zahara Trent (Travis High School).

Later this month, district prekindergarten and early childhood special education (ECSE) students will receive a free book during the “Prekindergarten Falls in Love with Books” event on February 14. Thanks to a donation from BookSpring, each school with a preK or ECSE classroom will receive a collection of books, titles including “Wheels on the Bus Go Round and Round” and “There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly.” Schools with bilingual classrooms will also receive Spanish-language books to distribute. Nearly 2,400 students will receive books and the donation is valued at approximately $5,000.

BookSpring is a Central Texas organization focused on building literacy skills through increasing home libraries and read-aloud activities for children. FBISD is a member organization of the state’s Books Beginning at Birth, a program that provides young children and their families access to books and resources to support the development of early literacy skills. Visit www.bookspring.org to learn more about the organization.

“Reading aloud creates special bonds between children and adults,” Blessinger said.

“It is a fantastic opportunity to help our children develop reading comprehension, listening skills, and a love for books!”

Fort Bend ISD continues to be a strong proponent of literacy and will hold its third annual Bookapalooza on Saturday, April 13, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Dulles Middle School (500 Dulles Ave., Sugar Land 77478). This sell-out event is open to all FBISD students and families and will include author talks, a book fair, cosplay and much more. Visit www.fortbendisd.com/bookapalooza to learn more.