Principals' Memo No. 1006-15

Department of Education

September 29, 2015

TO:  Principals

FROM:  John W. Haun, Chief Academic Officer/Assistant Superintendent for Instruction

SUBJECT:  Read Aloud to a Child Week, October 18-24, 2015

Senate Joint Resolution 409 (2001) designated the fourth week in October as “Read Aloud to a Child Week.”  In recognition of this, the Department of Education, in collaboration with Read to Them, a Virginia nonprofit family literacy organization, encourages all parents, teachers, and caregivers to join in celebrating Read Aloud to a Child Week, October 18-24, 2015.  Reading aloud is one of the most effective techniques that parents and teachers can use to positively impact children’s success in school and in life.  Benefits of reading aloud include increased vocabulary, language comprehension, listening skills, creativity, and imagination.

Tips for celebrating Read Aloud to a Child Week, suggested titles aligned with this year’s theme of friendship, pledge sheets, teacher/parent letters, and a reading certificate can be accessed on the Read to Them Web site.  If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Tracy Fair Robertson, English Coordinator, Office of Humanities and Early Childhood, by e-mail at or by telephone at (804) 371-7585.