Children's Development

Creative Ways to Celebrate National Reading Month

March is National Reading Month, a great time to inspire a passion for books. Encourage your child or student to explore all the ways they can enjoy reading. To make it extra fun, participate in 5 creative activities that will help you celebrate the love of books.

Story Quilt

Create a class “quilt” that features major characters, scenes, and important moments from the story. Each student can be responsible for decorating one square. Use paper or fabric and stitch/tape the project together. Hang up your quilt for all to enjoy.

Book Club

Build community among peers in small reading groups. Book Club creates a social environment by opening up conversations about characters and themes. Serve snacks related to the books for an interactive literature experience.


Create a Podcast

Even the youngest readers can record themselves discussing characters and ideas from a book. Older kids can write mock interviews and connect book themes to real life. Assign pairs or small groups and encourage kids to explore topics and express themselves. Record podcasts and play back in class.

3D Scene

Design a map that shows all of the main settings in the book. Use mixed materials to build a topographical map using clay, or build a major scene in the story.

Audio Books

Listen to books come to life as they are read aloud. Hearing a story sparks imagination and brings characters to life in a new way. Listening allows kids to access to stories that may be above their reading level, but high in interest. Develop listening skills and expose kids to a wider range in literary works.

Make this March a month-long celebration filled with fun, learning, and books!

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.