So, in order to help organize my classroom reading events for this year, I have put together a calendar. I will not likely participate in all of them, but I thought I would share the list (and calendar) with you so that you can use it to plan some of your reading events this school year. Here is a link to the reading event calendar. It is also located as a tab under my blog header. It is a work in progress and I would love to hear any ideas you may have for additional events.
Throughout the school year
One book, one school
This is a powerful school-wide event that can really knit your reading community together. The premise is very simple, every person in the school reads or listens to one chosen book. This event could be broadened to include "one library" or "one community". Visit readtothem.org and One More Page Books to get more ideas.
Celebrate Book Releases
Great books are constantly being released throughout the year. Celebrate with a book birthday event! John Schu has a book release calendar on his amazing blog so you can keep track of when your favorites will be released.
Here are some ideas for other reading celebration events as shared on The Nerdy Book Club by Colby Sharp that you may consider weaving into your practice. There are other ideas under the event calendar.
International Literacy Day
Did you know that more than 780 million of the world's adults (nearly two-thirds are women) do not know how to read or write? According to the International Reading Association, between 94 and 115 million children do not have access to education. Schools can observe International Literacy Day and support literacy in many ways. Visit Read, Write, Think for ideas.
International Dot Day
Get ready to make your mark! International Dot Day is a day to celebrate the power and potential of creativity and self-expression. Participants read The Dot by Peter Reynolds for inspiration. Last year there were more than 850,000 participants. This year their goal is one million!
September 30-November 8
Global Read Aloud
This event was founded by teacher, Pernille Ripp and is in its 4th year. It is intended to connect children around the world using a common read aloud. Participants are encouraged to connect to other classrooms via Skype/Hangout, blogs, email etc. This year there are 4 book selections for various grade levels. I will be reading Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper to my 4th graders. You can get more info on using this book during the Global Read Aloud by reading a previous post on my blog here.
January (2014 is Jan. 27)
ALA Youth Media Awards- This is when many children's book award winners are announced including the Caldecott and Newbery winners. One of my favorite moments from last school year was watching my class' reaction when they heard that The One and Only Ivan won the Newbery.
Yes, it is Valentine's Day, but it is also International Book Giving Day. What better gift to give right?
Read Across America
This is a long-running event. There are many ways your school and class can celebrate Dr. Seuss and reading.
World Read Aloud Day
On WRAD you can participate by skyping with authors, inviting a guest reader or any way that works for you.
April-Poetry Month and School Library Month
Here are 30 ways to celebrate poetry
National DEAR Day
Drop everything and read today!
Poem in your pocket day
I did this for the first time last year with my
4th graders and it was so fun.
May- National Share a Story Month
Free Comic Book Day- Ok, so it's not really a school event, but you will want to tell your students (and go stock up yourself).
Screen-Free Week- Again, not strictly a reading event, but students should be encouraged to read or participate in another activity instead of having screen time.
Take the screen-free pledge
Children's Book Week
Yay! A whole week to celebrate books!
Please visit my reading event calendar to see these and other events. Again, I would love to add your favorite literacy events to the calendar, so please leave a comment if you have an idea.