Books We Love, Children's Activities

Read Across America Day

Read Across America Day, held on March 2, encourages students to discover the love of reading! Encourage readers with books that make them to feel seen and appreciated. The yearly event inspires children to experience the richness reading can bring to their lives. Get hooked on books with a weeklong schedule of events using these ideas!

Monday: Book Swap

Invite friends or classmates to bring used books to swap and share. Grab a tote and go “shopping” for fresh books to kick off a week of reading fun.

Tuesday: Sensory Collage

Create a piece of art that incorporates the feel, touch, and sights from a favorite book. This tactile activity helps books come to life and engages littles with sensory play.

*Read Corduroy by Don Freeman. Use buttons, swatches of old clothing, and fuzzy poms to make a collage inspired by the beloved classic.

Wednesday: Reading Partners

Organize and big buddy/little buddy reading event. Pair up children and have them read together virtually or in person.

Thursday: Nature Read

Bring blankets and books and head outside to read in the great outdoors.

*Try this outdoorsy book – Kate Who Tamed the Wind: Liz Garton Scanlon

Friday: Guest Reader

A surprise reader can share a special storybook and host a discussion. Invite an author, librarian, or even Grandma to be your mystery guest!

Saturday: Character Dress Up

Dress like a story character and act out scenes from a favorite book.

Sunday: Jammies and Books Day

Wear pajamas and grab books, stuffed animals, and blankets. Get cozy and discover the joys of reading!

Check out this link to Read Across America for more ideas and book suggestions.

Stephanie Standley M. Ed. is a mom, educator, writer, and outdoor enthusiast. She received her undergraduate degrees in Sociology and Psychology as well as a Master of Education-Literacy from the University of San Diego. Stephanie has 12+ years of classroom experience as a teacher and currently supports students in Special Education. She is inspired to use evidence-based practices to educate children in creative and engaging ways.