A List of Book-Related Special Days for Kids
by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.com
I know my Teacher Librarian friends look for one list of special days worthy of celebration in the library, or indeed across the school. I know many parents who love to celebrate book-related days as a way of constantly keeping the family focus on books. I know teachers, desperate to encourage kids to love reading, who use special days as a way to sneak some book-related fun into a timetable overly dominated by testing.
So here’s my gift to you all! I’ve been compiling a list of days/weeks/months where the emphasis is on literacy and reading. (Of course I love the fun special days too, like Talk Like a Pirate Day or Cow Appreciation Day, and the important ones like Harmony Day - I hope to publish those two lists soon.) To qualify for this list though, the special day needs to be book-related.
This is an international list, meaning I’ve included special days celebrated world-wide like International Literacy Day, as well as country-specific days. After all, even though I’m Australian, I’ve borrowed many special days that originated in the US. If it’s book-related, it’s in. I’ve included a couple of author birthdays for variety, put them all into calendar order, and added dates where possible.
Please tell me if you know any other important book-related days that fit my criteria. Because this is a dynamic Listly list, and I will be updating it when I can, if you bookmark this page, you’ll always find it here. Don't forget to find all the items on the list by using the left and right arrows bottom right.