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Literary Events for March and April

01 Mar

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” ― Dr. Seuss, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!

Happy Read Across America Day!

I can’t believe it’s March already. I wanted to take this time to highlight some literary themed celebrations coming up in the next couple months.

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March 1st- Read Across America celebrates Dr. Seuss’s birthday (on March 2nd) and the many joys of reading. I wrote about it before. I pledged again to “spread the Seuss” this year. The National Education Association has a great page with full of resources.

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March 6th- World Read Aloud Day is a global literacy movement organized by LitWorld that “motivates children, teens, and adults worldwide to celebrate the power of words, especially those words that are shared from one person to another, and creates a community of readers advocating for every child’s right to a safe education and access to books and technology.” Check out the WRAD blog for more details.

March 20th- Very Hungry Caterpillar Day celebrates the beloved classic first published in 1969. You can watch a video of Eric Carle reading his book on his site.

April 12th- Not only is it Beverly Cleary’s birthday but it’s also Drop Everything And Read Day! It’s a great time “to remind and encourage families to make reading together on a daily basis a family priority.” I wrote about it here.

April 23rd- World Book Night turns 2 in the US! Find out more here. Read a little about my experience here.

Original artwork by Maya Christina Gonzalez

Original artwork by Maya Christina Gonzalez


April 30th- El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day), known simply as Día, is a “nationally recognized initiative that emphasizes the importance of literacy for all children from all backgrounds. It is a daily commitment to linking children and their families to diverse books, languages and cultures.” Learn a little more about Dia with a video from its founder children’s author Pat Mora here.

How will you be celebrating these events? Have I missed any?

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