Read Across America, March 2 Started in 1998 as a way to get kids excited about reading, the National Education Association’s Read Across America has become the nation’s largest reading event. The year-round program culminates each year on or near Dr. Seuss’s birthday.
Freedom of Information Day, March 16
This annual event is observed on or near the birthday of James Madison, the “Father of the Constitution” and the foremost advocate for openness in government.
Young People’s Poetry Week Celebrated the third week in April, this annual event is sponsored by the Children’s Book Council (CBC), to highlight poetry for children and young adults and encourage everyone to celebrate poetry—read it, enjoy it, write it.
World Book and Copyright Day, April 23 An ideal opportunity to talk about copyright, plagiarism and other issues related to intellectual property.
May Get Caught Reading Month
Library Card Sign-Up Month A time when the American Library Association and libraries across the country remind parents that the most important school supply of all is @ your library®—it’s your library card. Thousands of public and school libraries join together each fall in this national effort.
International Literacy Day, September 8 A time to ask: What would your life be like if you couldn’t read?
Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read Observed during the last week of September each year, this annual event is an opportunity to educate about one of our most precious freedoms in a democracy and the role of libraries.
International School Library Day Observed the third Monday in October, this day is sponsored by the International Association of School Librarianship to focus on the richness and variety of school library services in different countries, and the contribution that they make to their schools and communities.
October Computer Learning Month This annual event focuses on the important role that computers, software and other technologies play in our lives, particularly in children’s learning and their future.
Family Literacy Day, November 1 Sponsored by the National Center for Family Literacy, this annual event celebrates the important role of parents in their children’s learning.