Did your classroom or school celebrate Missouri Read-In Day on March 8? In 2011, Rep. Mike Kelly (R-126) sponsored HB 795 that selected the second Friday in March to be Missouri Read-In Day. Perhaps the day slipped past you, but no worries! Put it on your calendar for next year and enjoy a few ideas now to keep on reading through the last day of school.

Here are some ideas to implement:

• Contests—design bookmarks, book covers, reading the most books, pages, words

• Read-a-thon—someone reads in a central location all day, with groups coming to listen during the day

• Reading over the intercom so everyone experiences the same story or poem (April is Poetry Month)

• Pop-in readers—Someone will “pop-in” the class, read a story or selection and pop out

• Continue the fun with after-school read-in activities including parents and grandparents

• Colorful reading—read books with a color in the title or with a specific color cover – Read a rainbow!

• Record all the books read in a central location on a bulletin board or display, use cut out shapes and fill a pond or corral or use post-it notes

• Read and munch

• Cozy reading—wear pajamas, bring blankets and pillows, read in different areas of the building

• Read to pets or stuffed animals

• Incorporate a book(s) into every area of the curriculum

• Read off-campus—nursing home, grocery store, post office, discount store

• Invite an author to visit

• Tag team reading—each person reads a chapter, page, paragraph

• Drop and read—at signal, drop what you’re doing, pick up your book and read

• Read Missouri—read books by Missouri authors or set in the state

• Gifted reading—wrap a selection of books and unwrap them because a book is a gift that can be opened again and again

• Read different genres

• Read recommended books—use a booklist or have students recommend their favorites the week before and read from that list or use post-it notes with titles, grab a note and read that one

• Recycle books—students bring in appropriate, gently used books and trade for another

• Read a theme—fairy tales, animals, dinosaurs, etc.

• Caught You Reading—certificate, sticker, bookmark, candy. Maybe have a reading sheriff

• Read something other than a book—cereal box, labels, brochures, etc.

Follow Reading Circle on Facebook to see book lists, what we’re reading and ideas to use those books, links to articles about reading and other reading tidbits.  The MSTA webpage has more Reading Circle materials such as posters, certificated and information under the resources tab.

Other fun days to celebrate

April 5 – National Read a Map Day

April 8 – National Zoo Day

April 10 – National Farm Animal Day

April 11- National Pet Day

April 12 – Grilled Cheese Day

April 16 – National Wear Your Pajamas to Work Day

April 17 – Bat Appreciation Day

April 22 – National Jelly Bean Day

April 25 – World Penguin Day

April 27 – National Day of Puppetry

April 28 – National Superhero Day

April 30 – National Mr. Potato Head Day

From “Every Day’s A Holiday 2019 Calendar,” TF Publishing

For additional information, please check out Reading Circle at readingcircle.org or
contact a RC member:
Brenda Steffens,
bulldogsread@gmail.com, reviews preschool and primary books; Debbie Anderson, bksrgr8@windstream.net, reviews primary level books; Jenn Baldwin, jennifer.baldwin@jasper.k12.mo.us, reviews grades 5-8; Lysha Thompson, lthompson@tuscumbialions.k12.mo.us reviews 9-12. Sarah Kohnle, skohnle@msta.org, serves as the staff liaison.