(Boston) The Boch Center will help thousands of children celebrate World Read Aloud Day on Wednesday, February 1 at 10:00 AM with New York Times Best-Selling Author Peter H. Reynolds. Reynolds will be reading his best seller, Happy Dreamer, to a crowd of more than 100 students from Chelsea and Boston Public Schools in the Boch Center Wang Theatre. The event will also be livestreamed to tens of thousands of students in nearly 500 schools internationally. 

Founded in 2010, World Read Aloud Day celebrates the power of reading aloud to create community, amplify new stories and advocate for literacy as a foundational human right. World Read Aloud Day is a global movement of millions of readers, writers, and listeners from communities across the world coming together to honor the joy and power of reading and sharing stories and expand the definition and scope of global literacy.

Massachusetts based author Peter H. Reynolds is an accomplished storyteller and illustrator who has been acclaimed around the globe for his best-selling “stories for all ages” about protecting and nurturing the creative spirit, including the three books in his “Creatrilogy” - The Dot, Ish and Sky Color.  

“Peter Reynolds has dedicated his life to educating and enriching the lives of children around the globe, and we are honored to partner with him for such an impactful event,” said Josiah Spaulding, President and CEO of the Boch Center. “We are proud to help Peter spread his messages of empowerment that also encourage children to explore their own creativity regardless of their skills.”  The reading will be followed by an interactive workshop led by the Boch Center Education Team as a part of their Interactive Readings: Stories Alive! Program.

While the world tells us to sit still, to follow the rules, and to color inside the lines, Happy Dreamer celebrates all those moments in between when the mind and spirit soar and children are free to become our own true dreamer maximus! In Reynold's signature voice and style, this empowering picture book reminds children of how much their dreams matter.  While life will have ups and downs, he enlists readers to stay true to who they are, to tap into their most creative inner selves, and to never ever forget to dream big!

What: World Read Aloud Day 
When: February 1, 2023 10:00 AM
Where: Boch Center Wang Theatre - 270 Tremont St., Boston MA 02116

Register for the free event HERE


About the Boch Center 

The Boch Center is one of the nation’s leading nonprofit performing arts institutions and a guardian of the historic Wang and Shubert Theatres. As New England’s largest cultural venue, the Boch Center is home to theater, classical and popular music, dance, comedy, opera, Broadway musicals, family entertainment, and more.

Located in Boston’s historic Theater District, the Boch Center also offers a diverse mix of educational, cultural and community outreach initiatives, including the City Spotlights Leadership Program and the Folk Americana Roots Hall of Fame; collaborates with artists and local nonprofit arts organizations; preserves historic venues; and acts as a champion for Greater Boston’s arts and cultural community. Learn more at bochcenter.org.