National Young Readers Week is an annual event that was co-founded in 1989 by Pizza Hut and the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. To make this week special, many schools recruit local “celebrities” to read aloud a favorite children’s book to classrooms. Classrooms can also listen to a free story each day courtesy of BOOK IT! and One More Story. To fire up reading for the entire school, principals are encouraged to take one day out of that week and read from bell to bell for the Principal Challenge.
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Enhance your storytime with Read & Do plans that feature the free online stories compliments of One More Story and BOOK IT!
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Monday - Rattletrap Car
Tuesday - Jamaica Louise James
Wednesday - If the Dinosaurs Came Back
Thursday - Grandfather's Journey
Friday - The Seven Silly Eaters
BOOK IT! is asking principals across the country to take the Principal Challenge and commit to read one entire school day- from the first bell to the last – one day during National Young Readers Week! All principals who complete the challenge can tweet or post a snapshot of their day and enter for a chance to win 101 copies of Jeff Kinney’s ninth book, The Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul, for their school.
Make National Young Readers Week extra memorable at your school. Check out the BOOK IT! store for new NYRW gear including gloves (for those principals who will be reading on the roof!), a Principal Challenge fan and magnetic bookmarks.