Celebrate International Children’s Book Day on April 2!

This month some of you may have celebrated “Read Across America Day” or even “Read Across America Week” a fabulous initiative to enforce good reading habits and support literacy initiatives nationwide. BUT, if your partnership missed it or, if you’re like us, and want to promote reading every chance you get, you can celebrate with your partnership students on April 2. Why April 2? This year that day will mark the 48th annual celebration of International Children’s Book Day.

Start the Day with the Readers’ Oath

I promise to read
Each day and each night.
I know it’s the key
To growing up right.

I’ll read to myself,
I’ll read to a crowd.
It makes no difference
If silent or loud.

I’ll read at my desk,
At home and at school,
On my bean bag or bed,
By the fire or pool.

Each book that I read
Puts smarts in my head,
‘Cause brains grow more thoughts
The more they are fed.

So I take this oath
To make reading my way
Of feeding my brain
What it needs every day.

A Few Fun Activities

Name That Book!
Explain to your student(s) how important the cover and title are to a story. Then read a book without telling them the title or showing them the cover. After reading the book, give the student(s) a piece of paper to draw what they think the cover and the title of this book should be. Finally, display the storybook surrounded by their cover(s).

Two Characters Meet.
Pick a favorite character from each of two books and work with your student to write a new story or play in which they meet.

TV vs. Reading. Begin a TV/Reading Chart for each child. It would be a weekly chart to keep a record of time spent reading and time spent watching TV at home. If total reading time exceeds total TV watching time, the child earns a reward (a new book? 🙂 )

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