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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 6  |  Calendar Activity  |  March 25
    Celebrate Kate DiCamillo's birthday today.
    After examining the characters in one of DiCamillo's stories, students write original short stories featuring animals as central characters.
  2. Classroom Resources | Grades   K – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  April 19
    Celebrate National Library Week!
    Students learn more about libraries as part of National Library Week.
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  September 30
    Elie Wiesel was born on September 30, 1928.
    Students compare and contrast two views of the Holocaust from different authors. Students may also research stories of other survivors who may or may not be published and create a presentation on this survivor.
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  December 3
    Frederick Douglass began publication of The North Star today in 1847.
    Students read and discuss an editorial written by Frederick Douglass and then write the opening editorial for a contemporary publication devoted to a social cause important to them.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   K – 2  |  Calendar Activity  |  July 26
    Jan Berenstain, co-author of the popular Berenstain Bears series of books, was born in 1923.
    Teachers create "Book Kits" for students to help promote family literacy. Berenstain Bears books are included in these "book kits" which also include nonfiction books on the same subject, home activities, reproducibles, and parent information.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   K – 8  |  Calendar Activity  |  September 8
    Jon Scieszka was born in 1954.
    Students review Scieszka's tips for encouraging young people to read and then create their own, sharing ideas with adults in their community through a letter.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   K – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  May 1
    May is Get Caught Reading Month!
    Students celebrate Get Caught Reading Month by doing a reading-related service project such as planning an intergenerational reading day or organizing a book drive.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 8  |  Calendar Activity  |  July 9
    Nancy Farmer, three-time Newbery honoree, was born in 1941.
    Students write original short stories in the science fiction genre based on some of Farmer's works and society's most hotly-debated issues, such as cloning, toxic waste, and brain implants.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 8  |  Calendar Activity  |  July 30
    Paperback books were first introduced in 1935.
    Independent reading is promoted among students by organizing a paperback book swap in the classroom or with other classes at the same grade level.
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   K – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  April 12
    Today is D.E.A.R. Day!
    April 12 is known as D.E.A.R Day! D.E.A.R. stands for "Drop Everything and Read," a national month-long celebration of reading designed to remind folks of all ages to make reading a priority activity in their lives.

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