It’s International Literacy Day!
This day of recognition is sponsored by the United Nations and the International Reading Association (IRA), a National Geographic Education partner and member of the Verizon Thinkfinity Consortium, and supported by many other leading organizations.
IRA suggests classrooms celebrate the day by participating in a readathon, kicking off a cross-grade reading buddy program, or making original books to share with others in the community. For additional ideas, download the IRA’s collection of ideas: Idea Starters! International Literacy Day Activities and Events.
Check out these other International Literacy Day resources for bibliophiles and beginning readers alike:
- Verizon Thinkfinity International Literacy Day Portal. Find adult literacy courses, professional development and certificate programs for reading instructors, and student lesson plans from Thinkfinity partners.
- Huffington Post Blog Article: “International Literacy Day: 7 Easy Ways to Spread the Word.” (Thinkfinity is featured here. Woohoo! Other favorites: the Free Rice vocabulary game and an online book donation website called Better World Books).
- United Nations World Literacy Day website: A portal to stacks of UN literacy and education resources.
For my own part, I’m championing the cause with a foray into fiction, largely terra incognita since my last English class in high school. I’m currently reading Gabriel Garcia Marquez’ magnum opus One Hundred Years of Solitude, about a complicated family (but then, what family isn’t?) at the center of a colonial-era Latin American community. The magical realist style elicits memories of a book I read in another high school class–senior year Spanish–Like Water for Chocolate.
What are you reading?
Happy International Literacy Day!