Editor’s Note: This is a guest post is from Retired School Librarian and MSTA Reading Circle Member, Brenda Steffens.

March is right around the corner and that means the Missouri Read-In Day is fast approaching. Missouri Read-In Day will be held Friday, March 11. State Representative of the 126th District, Mike Kelley, sponsored House Bill 795, Missouri School Read-In Day which designates the second Friday in March as “Missouri School Read-In Day.” The day is to be appropriately observed with activities that promote an increased awareness of the importance and benefits of reading and that encourage greater emphasis on reading in the school and in the home.

Do you have your plans ready? If not, it is not too late to make plans. To get you started, go to the Reading Circle website. The best way to encourage students to read is by example and when posting what you are reading, students may want to read the same book. In the last issue of “School and Community,” Lysha Thompson gave several ideas for celebrating Missouri Read-In Day.

Here are just a few ideas you can do:

  • Students always love to hear what books you loved when you were their age. Bring one of your favorite books and read to your class.
  • Have your class or school participate in a March Madness of books. Using Pinterest, you can get many ideas.
  • Invite community members or other staff members to read to your students.
  • Have a Read-In after school with lots of comfy chairs
  • Host a book swap in your classroom.

The main theme is to have fun and enjoy reading!