As parents, teachers, and librarians, it takes a little creativity to encourage and motivate children to read. I would like to provide a few tips to inspire your young readers.


Visit the National Day Calendar ( for interesting themes to celebrate. You can locate themes by the day, week, and/or month. For example, yesterday, January 2nd was National Science Fiction Day. Extend the day into a week or month and start reading a science fiction novel. Check out the latest science fiction movie or watch a classic science fiction television show. Write a science fiction short story. Enjoy the day and/or month celebrating National Science Fiction Day with your child/children or students. Below, I’ve chosen some National Days for this month. Enjoy and have fun creating your own literacy event(s) with your family and/or students!

  • January 3rd – National Chocolate Covered Cherry Day: Purchase or make some chocolate covered cherry candies.

Book Recommendation: Love Monster and the Last Chocolate by Rachel Bright

  •  January 5th – National Bird Day: Go bird watching.

Book Recommendation: Birds by Kevin Henkes

  • January 15th – National Hat Day: Wear your favorite hat.

Book Recommendation: Aunt Flossie’s Hats by Elizabeth Fitzgerald Howard


  • January 16th – National Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: Participate, attend, and/or watch on television a MLK community service event.

Book Recommendation: Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by Doreen Rappaport

  • January 18th -National Winnie the Pooh Day: Cuddle up with your favorite Pooh fan, a pot of honey and read about the escapades of Winnie the Pooh.

Book Recommendation: A Gift for Pooh (Disney Winnie the Pooh) by Sara F. Miller

  • January 23rd National Pie Day: Bake or buy your favorite pie. Some businesses offer free slices of pie!

Book Recommendation: I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie by Alison Jackson

  • January 29th – National Puzzle Day: Exercise your brain with a puzzle (crossword, jigsaw, word searches, brainteasers, or Sudoku).

Book Recommendation: Junie B.’s These Puzzles Hurt My Brain! Book by Barbara Park


Thanks for stopping by and I invite you to join me again as I continue to explore literacy topics and issues affecting children.


Vanessa Fortenberry,


M.Ed., Media

Ed.S., Media

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