National Young Readers Day
National Young Readers Day was established by Pizza Hut and the Library of Congress Center for the Book in 1989. And similar to that of International Literacy Day, it is here to challenge places of literary teaching, such as schools, who teach literacy in children as well as highlighting the benefits and joys of reading.
As an avid reader myself, I feel it is of upmost importance that we take the time to encourage young people to read; not only as it has been found to greatly improve your mental capacity and academic ability, but also the sheer enjoyment and comfort that one can get from reading a good book- it’s second to none.
In the spirit of this, I have put together a short post about how you can encourage better and more consistent reading in your school.
“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”Dr. Seuss
A book fair is the best place to start in order to get the ball rolling on helping children start their reading journey. Why not take a look at this Scholastic blog on how to run a brilliant book fair.
Encourage Children to read
Some children might be missing out on possibly one of the most enjoyable hobbies in the world- reading. Bring some of your favourite books in with you one day and introduce them to the class, find some books which have film adaptations and use that as a hook for those students who find it difficult to visualise what they’re reading.
This principal has taken encouraging her students into her own hands. Each year she has set a reading target for all of her students to achieve, and if it is reached by 90% of students then she does something fun with the students. She’s done everything; from being slimed to kissing a pig. This photo shows one of her stand out encouragement acts: being taped up to the wall and reading to the children.
This parent and frequent blogger has created a very fun and sweet way to encourage her children to read in their own time. See here for her blog on the game and how to create your own.
Celebrity Read Along
Having a celebrity voice reading out popular books can help children focus and retain more of the story being read and may push them to read more or even listen to audiobooks in their own time.
The Gruffalo- Read by Michelle Obama
Harry Potter- Read by various celebrities
Below is just an incredibly small selection of our reading resources, we are constantly adding new resources every week, so keep an eye out here for our resources all about reading.
I hope that these examples have given you some inspiration. Let us know in the comments below how you helped your school celebrate National Young Readers Day (they might be added into the topic calendar).