Welcome to Baltimore Read Aloud!

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When were you founded? The first Baltimore Read Aloud event took place in October 2017 at Dovecote Cafe in West Baltimore. The event featured local authors, family and friends.  See our Instagram feed (@baltimorereadaloud) for a few pics from events we have hosted in the region. 

What do you do? We host read aloud events in different parts of the city and region to raise awareness of and increase access to diverse books.  We can pop-up at a neighborhood cafe, farmer's market, church or school cafeteria.  The typical event lasts about two hours may include the following activities:

  • Opening. Welcome by event host.

  • Harambe. Youth workers lead Cheers and Chants to celebrate reading

  • Read Aloud. Guest Readers read a curated selection of titles for young readers and teens.

  • Vendors. Retailers and authors set up tables for selling books and bookish items.

  • Give Away's. Books and bookish items are given away or raffled to families.

  • Author Signing. When possible, guest authors will be available to sell and sign published books.

What is the appropriate age range for read aloud events? While aimed at children ages 5 to 12, children and youth of all ages, and the adults who love them, are welcome to participate in the events.

How are the books selected? We work with event co-hosts to review and select each title to develop a program for each event. We ensure that our selections are age appropriate and reflect stories which celebrate the diverse and multicultural world we live in.  If you are a self-published author and would like your work considered for an upcoming event, please submit your information here

Do you accept book recommendations? If you are a publisher, author, illustrator or literacy advocate and would like to be featured on this site, or you have a book you would like Baltimore Read Aloud to promote, please submit your request here.

Books are sometimes windows, offering views of wor1ds that may be real or imagined, familiar or strange. These windows are also sliding glass doors, and readers have only to walk through in imagination to become part of whatever world has been created or recreated by the author. When lighting conditions are just right, however, a window can also be a mirror. Literature transforms human experience and reflects it back to us, and in that reflection we can see our own lives and experiences as part of the larger human experience. Reading, then, becomes a means of self-affirmation, and readers often seek their mirrors in books.
— Dr. Rudine Sims Bishop