Lit Events 2017-2018

Days/Months to Prepare for and Look Forward To!

July

Teachers Write!

Author Kate Messner and friends launched Teachers Write!, a relaxed online professional development community for teachers of writing to get the opportunity to write themselves. Anyone is welcome to join and lots of authors offer up tips and feedback.

August

Picture Book Ten for Ten - Thursday, August 10

Cathy Mere and Mandy Robek created this amazing Google community where people share 10 picture books according to a theme of their choice on August 10th every year. Your TBR piles will grow and your knowledge of books to get into the hands of children will expand exponentially.

Connect with others using the hashtag #pb10for10

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Classroom Book a Day - Every Day of Your School Year

Jillian Heise started the #classroombookaday movement for teachers of every age level - primary, middle school, and high school to commit to reading one picture book per day to their students. You can keep a grid in your classroom for everyone to refer back to. The conversations are rich, you build a reading community, and you successfully add 180 titles to your students' reading lives. Here is a link to Jillian's original post. You can connect with others using the hashtag #classroombookaday and join the Facebook group as well.
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Mystery Skypes - Any day of your school year

Mystery Skypes are a great way for students to work collaboratively to ask questions in order to find out where in the world the class they are Skyping with truly is. A great way to incorporate many skills in a fun way! Add your name to this Mystery Skype doc and find other educators to connect with throughout the school year!
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Skype with a Scientist - Any Day of Your School Year

From the website: SkypeaScientist: Give your students the opportunity to get to know a "real scientist" in a 30-60 minute Q and A Skype.

SEPTEMBER

September is Library Card Sign- up Month

From the site: Library Card Sign-up Month is a time for the American Library Association to remind families that the most important school supply you'll need is free! If you don't already have one, go to your local library to sign up for a library card.
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International Literacy Day - Friday, September 8

From the site: International Literacy Day gives children and communities a chance to rediscover the joys of reading while raising awareness for those without access to education.

Connect with others using the hashtag #InternationalLiteracyDay

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International Dot Day - Friday, September 15ish

From the site: International Dot Day is a day when people of all ages re-discover the power and potential of creativity in all they do. Connect with other classrooms around the world! Sign up for Dot Day here.

Connect with others via Skype, Google Hangouts, and the hashtag #DotDay

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OCTOBER

Global Read Aloud - October 2 - November 10

Global Read Aloud is a chance for our school to read and discuss one title. We are also encouraged to connect and discuss the book with other classrooms in the country or world! Be sure to sign up for the Global Read Aloud and connect with other classes around the world! Use the hashtag #GRA17
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Star Wars Reads Day - Saturday, October 10

Star Wars Reads Day is a celebration of a galaxy far, far away and the joy of reading. Connect with others using the hashtag #StarWarsReads
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Rhode Island Festival of Children's Books and Authors - Saturday, October 14

Rhode Island Festival of Books and Authors is a unique opportunity for RI families to meet and have books signed by well-known authors and illustrators from around the country. Authors give half hour talks that you can sit it on as well. Why not prepare for it by reading books by the authors/illustrators as a family before the event?
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National Day on Writing - Friday, October 20

From the site: National Day on Writing is a day when educators are encouraged to tweet out about the ways they use writing to connect -between subject areas, with other people, with organizations and opportunities, and more using the hashtag #WhyIWrite

Some ideas here.

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NOVEMBER

November - Picture Book Month

Picture Book Month is a time to celebrate why picture books matter at any age.
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NaNoWriMo Young Writers Program

From the site: National Novel Writing Month happens every November! It's a fun, seat-of-your-pants writing event where the challenge is to draft an entire novel in just 30 days. For one month, you get to lock away your inner editor, let your imagination take over, and just create!

Connect with others using the hashtag #NaNoWriMo

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International Games Week - Sunday, October 29 - Saturday, November 4

From the site: International Games Week at the public library encourages patrons of all ages to interact with diverse peers, share their expertise and develop new strategies for game and learning. At the library, kids can socialize with their friends and play board and video games while surrounded by books, librarians and a real world of knowledge.
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DECEMBER

Hour of Code - December 3 - 9

From the site: The Hour of Code is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries. Anyone, anywhere can organize an Hour of Code event. One-hour tutorials are available in over 45 languages. No experience needed. Ages 4 to 104.

Connect with others around the world using the hashtag #HourOfCode

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RI Children's Book Award Challenge

Voting for the 2018 RI Children's Book Award is coming soon! Be sure to read as many titles as you can so that you'll be very confident in your final decision. Here is a log for you to keep track of your books.
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Letters About Literature - due Friday, January 12 - or TBA

From the site: Letters About Literature is a reading and writing contest for students in grades 4-12. Students are asked to read a book, poem, or speech and write to that author (living or dead) about how the book affected them personally. Letters are judged on state and national levels. December is the perfect month to work on your letter because letters are due by January 12.
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JANUARY

Newbery Challenge

How many Newbery award winners have you read? Take the Newbery Quiz and then challenge yourself to read a few John Newbery winners during the month of January.
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February

Global School Play Day - Wednesday, February 7

From the site: Tell your class to bring anything they wish to play with to school on Wednesday, February 7, 2018. The only restrictions: they must bring toys and these toys may NOT require batteries or electricity. No devices. Give them some ideas, since today's kids rarely play and often own very few toys: board games, dolls, Legos, blocks, trucks, cars, racetracks, playing cards, empty cardboard boxes, markers, jigsaw puzzles, blankets (for forts), social games (charades, Pictionary, etc.) The only exception on the electronics rule would be a board game that has an electronic timer, an electronics play kit, or similar. How about taking your students out in the dirt or snow to dig, explore and get messy? You may want to show your students photos of GSPD17 to open their eyes to unfamiliar types of unstructured play.

Connect with others using the hashtag #GSPD18

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Nonfiction Picture Book Ten for Ten - Saturday, February 10

Cathy Mere and Mandy Robek created this amazing Google community where people share 10 nonfiction picture books according to a theme of their choice on February 10th every year. Your TBR piles will grow and your knowledge of books to get into the hands of children will expand exponentially.

Connect with others using the hashtag #nfpb10for10

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ALA Youth Media Awards - Monday, February 12

From the site: Each year the American Library Association (ALA) honors books and media for children and teens. Recognized worldwide for the high quality they represent, the ALA Youth Media Awards (YMA), which include the prestigious Newbery, Caldecott, Printz, and Coretta Scott King Book Awards, do guide parents, educators, librarians and others in selecting the best materials for youth. Selected by committees composed of librarians and other literature and media experts, the awards encourage original and creative work in the field of children's and young adult literature and media. The award announcements are made as part of the ALA Midwinter Meeting, usually on the Monday morning of the ALA Midwinter Meeting.
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International Book Giving Day - Wednesday, February 14

From the site: International Book Giving Day’s focus is on encouraging people worldwide to give a book to a child on February 14th. We invite individuals to

1) gift a book to a friend or family member,

2) leave a book in a waiting room for children to read

3) donate a gently used book to a local library, hospital or shelter or to an organization that distributes used books to children in need internationally.

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World Read Aloud Day - Friday, February 8

From the site: LitWorld's World Read Aloud Day motivates children, teens, and adults worldwide to celebrate the power of words and creates a community of readers taking action to show the world that the right to literacy belongs to all people. Be sure to register for this day so you can Skype with an author or illustrator who will read aloud to your class.

Connect with others using the hashtag #wrad18.

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Digital Learning Day - February 22

From the site: On Digital Learning Day educators and students throughout the U.S. participate in a nationwide celebration highlighting great teaching and demonstrating how technology can improve student outcomes.

Connect with others throughout the world using the hashtag #DLDay

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MARCH

March Book Madness

From the site: March Book Madness is an online bracket-style tournament that matches books in one-on-one "games." The games will be decided by a simple vote on a Google Form (the forms do not collect any personal data). You can have students vote individually or you can have a class vote. After each round of voting the bracket will be updated and the next round of voting will begin.

You can connect with others using the hashtag #2018MBM

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Classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge (or Classroom SOLSC)

From the site: Teachers and students who have participated in past challenges tell us that they experience a huge increase in engagement with writing. Students’ stories will be read and commented on by other classrooms across the globe. The Classroom Challenge is a wonderful way to grow writers, and to have them experience the benefits (and the thrill!) of a wider audience.

Connect with others using the hashtag #SOL18

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Read Across America Day - Friday, March 2

This day is sponsored by the National Education Association, with the goal of showing America's children the joy of reading and building a nation of readers-on March 2 and every day.
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2018 RI Children's Book Award announced this month

From the site: The Rhode Island Children's Book Award (RICBA) started in 1990 as a joint project of the Rhode Island State Council of the International Reading Association (RISC/ IRA) (now defunct), the Rhode Island Library Association (RILA), and the Rhode Island Educational Media Association (RIEMA) now School Librarians of RI (SLRI), under the coordination of the Rhode Island Office of Library and Information Services (OLIS).

Every student who reads at least 3 titles has the opportunity to vote for the winner.

Connect with others using the hashtag #ricba18

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APRIL

National Poetry Month

From the site: Inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, National Poetry Month, held every April, is the largest literary celebration in the world with schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets celebrating poetry’s vital place in our culture.
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School Library Month

School Library Month (SLM) is the American Association of School Librarians' (AASL) celebration of school librarians and their programs.
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D.E.A.R. Day - Thursday, April 12

From the site: "Drop Everything and Read" Day is celebrated on April 12th because it is the day of Beverly Cleary's birthday. Beverly Cleary first wrote about D.E.A.R. in Ramona Quimby, Age 8. The goal of this day/program is to prompt people to make reading a regular part of their routine.
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Reading Week - TBA

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National Poem in Your Pocket Day - Thursday, April 26

From the site: Every April, on Poem in Your Pocket Day, people throughout the United States celebrate by selecting a poem, carrying it with them, and sharing it with others throughout the day as schools, bookstores, libraries, parks, workplaces, and other venues ring loud with open readings of poems from pockets.

Poem in Your Pocket Day was originally initiated in 2002 by the Office of the Mayor, in partnership with the New York City Departments of Cultural Affairs and Education, as part of the city’s National Poetry Month celebration. In 2008, the Academy of American Poets took the initiative national, encouraging individuals around the country to join in and channel their inner bard.

Use the hashtag #pocketpoem to connect with others on Twitter!

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MAY

Global Day of Design - May 2 last year - TBA

From the site: The Global Day of Design is one-day that focuses on using the Design Thinking process in school. Our goal for the Global Day of Design is to inspire a transformation in schools around the world to incorporate design into an every day practice with our students.

Connect with others using the hashtag #GDD18

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Free Comic Book Day - Saturday, May 5

From the site: Free Comic Book Day is a single day when participating comic book specialty shops across North America and around the world give away comic books absolutely free to anyone who comes into their shop.
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Children's Book Week - April 30 - May 6

From the site: Established in 1919, Children's Book Week is the annual celebration of books for young people and the joy of reading.
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Screen-Free Week - April 30 - May 6

During Screen-Free Week, children, families, and communities around the world will rediscover the joys of life beyond the screen. Unplug from digital entertainment and spend your free time playing, reading, daydreaming, creating, exploring, and connecting with family and friends.
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Kids Reading Across Rhode Island Event - TBA

From the site: The Rhode Island Center for the Book in partnership with the Rhode Island Office of Library and Information Services launched a One Book, One State initiative for students in grades 3-6. The author of the chosen title speaks and signs books at the State House. There are many family-friendly activities to go along with the theme of the book at this free event. Click here to see details from 2017.
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