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Family Reading Nights


Many schools, in an effort to improve test scores, are placing a renewed emphasis on reading. Planning a special night to showcase student reading and to get entire families involved is a sure way to boost reading excitement and achievement.

Learn more about special reading events

Organize a "Literature Day" (and Night!) at your school
Teachers in Oklahoma found the perfect reward for their students, who read 4,500 books in a single month. They organized a Literature Day. Then they did it all over again at night -- so they could include students' families. Included: Activity ideas and tips for organizing the event.

Wax museum biographies etach and entertain
A student "wax museum" makes a great Reading Night event. Students transform themselves into famous people and offer brief prepared presentations. Parents drop a coin in a cup to hear the kids' spiels. Donations might build the school's library collection or support a local charity.

Party! A year of special school-wide events
Getting parents involved at school is no easy task. Education World's "Principal Files" team offers some great ideas for school-wide events that are sure to draw parents in unprecedented numbers. Included: RAH! (Reading at Home) Night and Rhyme Time: A Night of Poetry.

More activities for a fun "Reading Night"

Book Week celebration
Turn Children's Book Week into a school wide celebration. Try some of the dozen activities listed here to turn Children's Book Week into a week-long celebration in your classroom or school.

Reading activities for Read In! Day
A dozen activities to make your all-school reading event more fun. Included: Reading event themes -- a reading campout, pajama party, ice cream party, or beach party, for example -- and much, much more.

25 Ideas to motivate young readers
The folks at the BOOK-IT! Program present 25 great ideas from teachers -- ideas that are sure to get kids across the grades excited about reading. These teacher-tested ideas, originally published in 1989, are just as much fun today.

Reading fun archive
Don't miss this archive for dozens of great "Reading Fun" classroom ideas, including Better Book Reports: 25 Ideas, Better Book Reports: 25 More Ideas, and much more!