How will you observe International Literacy Day? Observed annually on September 8, this day celebrates reading, learning, and global literacy. If you’re reading this article, you are more fortunate than 775 million adults worldwide, whose illiteracies are closely linked to poverty and discrimination. If you would like to celebrate the wonderful gift of literacy, here are a few ideas:
Read a book to a child
Reading to your children is one of the largest indicators for success in school. It helps them develop language skills and opens up a whole new world of learning. Take time to read to a child, or even better, an entire classroom of children.
Tutor at the library
Most public libraries hire volunteers to tutor reading for children and adults. This is a great way to not only celebrate global literacy, but to also begin a rewarding new experience.
Hold a family read-a-thon
Turn off the television for a night and hold a family read-a-thon. Set a goal for the number of books you would like to read. When your goal has been reached, reward yourself with something special.
Host a story-character party
If you’re looking for a novel idea for a fun family event, try dressing like characters from your favorite books. For even more literary fun, create snacks and games based on the story.
Hopefully, these ideas have provided inspiration for your International Literacy Day celebration. Literacy is one of the greatest gifts you can give, especially to a child.