Every year there are ample opportunities to celebrate the power and the value of literacy. Read to Them has taken the time to organize these events so you can mark your calendars in advance. Dive in below:
JANUARY 25th – Multicultural Children’s Book Day: Support the mission of raising awareness around children’s books that celebrate diversity and inclusion – and also get these vital books into classrooms and libraries where they can be easily accessible.
FEBRUARY 4th – 10th – Children’s Authors and Illustrators Week: This event features a variety of activities that are intended to promote literacy in an interactive and engaging way. Hop onto social media and let your favorite authors and illustrators know you appreciate what they do.
FEBRUARY 7th – World Read Aloud Day – World Read Aloud Day was established to create community and amplify new stories, and to advocate for literacy as a foundational human right. Millions of readers participate each year, coming together to honor the joy of reading aloud.
FEBRUARY 14th – International Book Giving Day – This special world-wide event encourages participants to share their love of books with others, especially children. On this day of love, help those who may not have access to as many books as you do.
MARCH 2nd – Read Across America Day – Celebrated each year on Dr. Seuss’s birthday, Read Across America Day invites students, teachers, parents, and community members across the nation to read books and celebrate the joy of reading.
APRIL 1st – National Poetry Month – This month-long event is a wonderful way to appreciate the often overlooked power of poetry. Not sure where to get started? Check out the Read to Them titles written in verse!
APRIL 1st – Financial Literacy Month – Financial Literacy is the knowledge and skills that allow an individual to make informed, effective decisions with their financial resources. You can gain financial literacy knowledge in a variety of ways, but our favorite? Through reading books. Learn all about budgeting, debt management, and personal finances through the FinLit books in our catalog.
APRIL 2nd – International Children’s Book Day – Celebrated on renowned fairytale writer Hans Christian Andersen’s birthday, International Children’s Book Day aims to bring interest to the written word for children. Each year, a different country is chosen to commemorate the occasion, selecting a theme and an illustrator to create a poster that embodies the theme. Be sure to indulge in a couple of picture books!
APRIL 7th – 13th – National Library Week – During this special week, celebrate all that libraries and librarians contribute to our society and promote the use and support of public libraries!
APRIL 12th – Drop Everything and Read Day – This holiday is celebrated on Beverly Cleary’s birthday. In honor of this beloved author, DEAR Day is meant to remind and encourage families to make reading together on a daily basis a family priority.
APRIL 16th – National Librarian Day – Take the chance to be thankful for all the knowledge librarians give us on a daily basis– like keeping libraries running, organizing programming, and updating their collections.
MAY 6th – 12th – Children’s Book Week (Spring) – Serving as the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country, Children’s Book Week encourages young people to participate by attending events at schools, libraries, and bookstores. You can also celebrate at home by engaging with authors online. There are two dedicated weeks for this event – one in the spring, and one in the fall.
AUGUST 9th – Book Lover’s Day – A day for all who love to read! Just sit back, relax, and enjoy a good book. You can even share what you’re reading on social media.
SEPTEMBER 1st – Library Card Sign-up Month – With children returning to school, this is the perfect opportunity to explore your local library. Whether you child already has a library card or not, this is an incredible opportunity to learn about the wonders that wait within a library – and all the doors that can swing wide open when you have a library card.
SEPTEMBER 6th – National Read a Book Day – Whether you read alone or with your family, be sure to pick up a book and read the day away.
SEPTEMBER 8th – International Literacy Day – This event was founded to remind the public of the importance of literacy as a “matter of dignity and human rights.” Organizations and individuals take care and use their literacy knowledge to encourage and assist those who are facing difficulties with reading and writing.
SEPTEMBER 22nd – 28th – Banned Books Week – Banned Books Week is an annual event that highlights the value of free and open access to information. The event is supported by a coalition of organizations dedicated to free expression, highlighting current and historical attempts to censor books in libraries and schools.
OCTOBER 17th – Black Poetry Day – This day is meant to honor the talented African American poets of both the past and present. Take the opportunity to recognize the contributions of black poets to literature and celebrate the black experience as retold in poetry.
OCTOBER 20th – 26th – National Friends of Libraries Week – This event provides the opportunity for groups to increase awareness of library memberships, the goals of libraries, and more. Visit your local library and discover ways you can support their programs year-round.
OCTOBER 20th – 26th – Read Aloud to a Child Week – Every year during the last week of October, Read to Them sponsors Read Aloud to a Child Week. This national showcase highlights the importance of reading aloud to children and encourages families to read together. Participating is as easy as picking up a book and reading it aloud as a family. The 2024 theme will be announced later this year.
NOVEMBER 1st – National Family Literacy Month Begins – This celebration seeks to spread awareness and foster a love of reading among families. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to read to their children, laying the foundation for a life-long love of reading.
NOVEMBER 1st – National Family Literacy Day – In the same vein of National Family Literacy Month, families gather around to observe a day dedicated to family literacy. Slow down and share a story together!
NOVEMBER 4th – 10th – Children’s Book Week (Fall) – The fall celebration for Children’s Book Week! Try heading out to a bookstore or library, and check out the Every Child a Reader website for further resources.
Do you know about any literacy event we may have missed? Please let us know about it in the comments below. Happy reading!