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Fall is on its way, and it's time for the school year to begin — and not just for kids, but for parents and teachers, too. We've gathered up our very best back-to-school resources and ideas to help you get ready for the best school year yet — including tips on creating a welcoming classroom, building connections between school and home, and easing the transition for kids with special needs. Get started with our Bright Ideas for Back-to-School Night … and Beyond.

Reading and Literacy Celebrations


Black History Month

Black History Month

February

Learn more about the contributions and history of African Americans through our video interviews with children's book authors and illustrators, themed booklists, activities for the classroom, home and community, and websites for kids.

Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day

February

Valentine's Day is a perfect opportunity to practice creative writing skills — and take a fresh look at poetry, figurative language, and word play. Browse our themed booklists and send a "string of hearts" animated e-card to a friend or loved one.

Read Across America

NEA's Read Across America

March

Celebrate reading with these Seuss-inspired activities for school and home: writing prompts, reading adventure packs, STEM explorations, e-cards, and more! Get to know more about the beloved Dr. Seuss in our video interview with Audrey Geisel.

National Poetry Month

National Poetry Month

April

30 days of celebrating the expressiveness and pure delight of poetry! Meet some of your favorite children's poets in our video interviews, and discover a treasure trove of poetry books, classroom activities, and online resources.

 Drop Everything and Read D.E.A.R. Day

Drop Everything and Read (D.E.A.R.) Day

April 12

Every year on Beverly Cleary's birthday, families are encouraged to put aside all distractions and spend time enjoying books together. Browse our collection of reading and writing activity sheets, ideas on how to host a D.E.A.R. event, reading tips, and information about silent reading.

El día de los niños/El día de los libros

El día de los niños/El día de los libros

April 30

Borrowing from the traditional Mexican holiday El día de los niños, the American celebration focuses on reading and literacy. Dip into our themed booklists, bilingual reading resources for families and activities for children, author and illustrator interviews, and more.

Teacher Appreciation Week

Teacher Appreciation Week

May

One great teacher can make all the difference. Get inspired by the voices of appreciation here (including writers Judy Blume, Patricia Polacco, and Kadir Nelson) — and send an e-card to a teacher who has made a difference in your life.

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

May

From our sister site, Colorín Colorado, celebrate family traditions and the rich diversity of Asian and Pacific Americans with books, author interviews, activities, and a rich collection of ideas for ELL educators.

Summer Reading

Summer Reading

June–August

Dive into our great big pool of summer resources, including activities for teachers to help families get ready for a fun, enriching summertime. Find links to parent tips, themed booklists, articles on summer learning loss, our show Adventures in Summer Learning, and our sister site Start with a Book.

Back to School!

Back to School!

August–September

A backpack-full of great ideas and resources for parents and educators (veterans and first year) to help you get ready for the best school year yet — including tips on creating a welcoming classroom, building connections between school and home, and easing the transition for kids with special needs.

Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month

September

From our sister site, Colorín Colorado, salute the rich history of Hispanic culture with games, bilingual books, lesson plans, activities for school and home, and links to multimedia resources on Hispanic culture.

LD Awareness Month

LD Awareness Month

October

During this month, Reading Rockets asks you to teach one person one new thing about learning disabilities. Read our collection of inspirational stories about growing up with LD. If you find an interesting article or story here, pass it along to a friend or colleague.

Read for the Record

Jumpstart's Read for the Record

October

Jump into this joyful campaign that brings preschool children together with adults to read the same book, on the same day, in communities all over the world. Learn more about this year's selected book, and browse the activities and tips on reading aloud.

American Indian/Alaska Native Heritage Month

American Indian/Alaska Native Heritage Month

November

From our sister site, Colorín Colorado, celebrate the rich history and traditions of the American Indian tribes with children's books, activities for school and home, and links to lesson plans and more online resources about American Indian culture.

Quotable Quotes: The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you'll go. -- Dr. Seuss
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