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Book Related Special Days for Kids

Here is a global list of special days related in some way to children's books and literacy. There are more, but I tried to include the important ones to keep the list manageable. Some have links to more information. At the end of the list (second page), find two excellent resources leading to more special literacy days.
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Celebrity Read a Book Week

Celebrity Read a Book Week

4th week of January. A great week to organise a sporting hero, artist or famous person to visit your school and share a favourite book with your kids.

2

Read in the Bathtub Day

Read in the Bathtub Day

February 9 Wouldn’t kids love it if you converted a large cardboard box into a bathtub and lined it with cushions and books for their reading pleasure!

3

A. B. Paterson’s Birthday

A. B. Paterson’s Birthday
February 17 (Australia) A wonderful day to share some of Paterson's poems with kids. The ABC has an activity sheet.
Disney Reads Day

Disney Reads Day, February : Commercially-driven special reading days can be a way of reaching kids who would not otherwise read. The many Disney stories and disneyfied stories make a focus of this special day, and lots of schools and libraries have Disney books. Make it a dress-up day too!

5

Library Lovers Day

Library Lovers Day

February 14 Do your kids realise all that libraries stand for? My thoughts.

6

International Book Giving Day

International Book Giving Day
February 14 Such a simple and authentic way to celebrate the gift of reading with kids! Read more at The Book Chook.
7

Read to Your Child Day

Read to Your Child Day

February 14 Research tells us kids who are read to become better readers. Read to your kids every day!

8

Read Across America Day

Read Across America Day

March 2. Also known as Dr Seuss Day. Read more at Reading Rockets.

9

World Read Aloud Day

World Read Aloud Day

March 4 in 2015. Read more at LitWorld and Scholastic.

10

World Poetry Day

World Poetry Day

March 21 Read more.

11

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Day

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Day

March 20 Read more.

12

World Storytelling Day

World Storytelling Day

Spring equinox Nth Hemisphere, Autumn equinox Sth Hemisphere (around March 20). Resources at The Book Chook.

13

National Poetry Month

National Poetry Month
April. (USA)
14

International Children’s Book Day

International Children’s Book Day

April 2

15

School Librarian Day

School Librarian Day

April 4 A day when all school librarians should be thanked and honoured. When I become boss of the world, it will be an International holiday!

16

National Library Week

National Library Week

In April each year (USA) (April 12 - 18 in 2015)

17

World Book Day

World Book Day

April 23 (also World Read Night in UK) Read more at The Book Chook.

18

Poem in Your Pocket Day

Poem in Your Pocket Day

Thursday, April 30 in 2015 Read more at Poets.org. Grab some ideas for celebrating via Tips and Resources for Poem in your Pocket Day.
#reading #books #specialdays

19

Get Caught Reading Month

Get Caught Reading Month

May A great time for a competition where children need to take interesting or unusual photos of themselves, reading. Find resources here.
#books #reading #specialdays

20

Mother Goose Day

Mother Goose Day

1 May Find resources to help you celebrate at The Book Chook.

21

Children’s Book Week USA

Children’s Book Week USA

May 2-8 in 2016 (USA) Read more.

22

Library and Information Week (Australia)

Library and Information Week (Australia)

Last week in May. (25-31 May, 2015 with the theme, Imagine.) Read more at ALIA.

23

National Simultaneous Storytime

National Simultaneous Storytime

11.00am, May 25in 2016. Find great resources at ALIA's website

or at The Book Chook.

24

Eric Carle's Birthday

Eric Carle's Birthday

June 24 Choosing to celebrate an author's birthday is a great way to give a special and fun focus to books and reading with kids. Read more at The Book Chook.

25

National Book Lovers Day

National Book Lovers Day

August 9 (USA)