Reading Promotion Events

After reading several articles on one of our main goals as teacher librarians to teach our students a love of reading, I felt one, in particular (TL June 2016), had some food for thought. One of our goals is for our students to choose to read independently and acquire a love of reading for pleasure. One way to accomplish this goal is to have a calendar of yearly reading events.
Studies have been done that show extrinsic rewards can temporarily increase motivation but do not have a lasting impact on developing the reading habits we are seeking for them. (Pavonetti et al., 2002) Recently, research has found that by maximizing opportunities for student choice of reading materials students increased their involvement in reading and enabled them to engage in conversations about their book selections (Hall et al., 2014) Through these studies, it was evident that students need time, resources, and support from both teachers and other adults to allow them the opportunity to read for pleasure, stressing the importance of intrinsic motivation and student choice when selecting their books. We teacher librarians, can provide reading promotional events throughout the school library to create a culture of reading. The following list and sites are primary for students in K- grade 6, but older students can be involved as well since many of the events would be interesting to them. I hope you will find something you can share with your students and faculty in the coming year.


International Dot Day

Talk Like a Pirate Day

Banned Book Week


Library Card Sign-Up Month


Read for the Record

National Hispanic Heritage Month


Family Literacy Day

World Kindness Day _classroom

Picture Book Month

International Games Day


Caldecott, Newbery, Geisel Book Awards

Letters About Literature


Science Fiction Day

Multicultural Children’s Book Day


Groundhog Job Shadow Day

Black History Month

Presidents’ Day

World Read Aloud Day


Read Across America

Children’s Choice Awards


D.E.A.R. (Drop Everything and Read)

School Library Month

National Poetry Month


Star Wars Day

Free Comic Book Day



One thought on “Reading Promotion Events

  1. Great timing with this post! I’ve been thinking about creating a calendar of monthly reading activities, and some of the ones you listed are floating around my head. I love Picture Book Month and am hoping to partner with a local indie school for a virtual book club celebrating our favorite picture books. Thanks for putting together this list of ideas!

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