It all began with a simple library request by a 14-year-old boy.
Student: Miss Webb, I need something easy to read for SSR [sustained silent reading]. Can you find me something?
Me: What are you interested in reading?
Student: It doesn't matter. I hate reading! I just need a book for SSR.
Me: Why do you think you hate reading?
Student: Reading is hard and I am really bad at it.
Me: Have you tried reading aloud? Sometimes that helps.
Student: I tried it but my mom said not to read out loud anymore.
Me: Why would she say that?
Student: She said it doesn't sound good.
After this very real interaction, I was dumb-founded. I left that interaction wondering what I could do to help this student and others like him. At the time, I wasn't sure what could be done. It took 10 years for me to figure it out and the result is Kidz2Kidz.
Research shows that reading aloud helps kids with fluency and comprehension and builds confidence. But, many kids don't have a safe, judgement-free environment in which to practice reading aloud. Kidz2Kidz was founded to provide this environment.
Once confidence is built, participating kids are proud to offer their voices to our multimedia literacy projects. The projects, which feature our kid readers, are designed to be used as supplemental support for other struggling readers. Our hope is that kids that listen to our projects will see themselves in our kid readers and, eventually, apply to be a kid reader themselves.