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Plan a Read-All-Day Day



  • Arts & Humanities
    --Language Arts


  • Pre K
  • K-2
  • 3-5
  • 6-8
  • 9-12

Brief Description

Plan a Read-All-Day Day to celebrate Read Across America/World Book Day.

Brief Description

Students will

  • spend an entire day involved in fun reading-related activities.


read, reading, Read Across America Day, readathon, World Book Day, Dr. Seuss

Materials Needed

  • books, books, and more books

Lesson Plan

Read Across America Day is celebrated each year on March 2, which also happens to be Dr. Seuss's birthday. It's the perfect day to make reading an all-day focus by planning a Read-All-Day Day in your classroom or school-wide. Following are some ideas and resources to help you plan.

"Read Across America" Day is not just a U.S. celebration. The whole world has joined in to turn a day in early March into World Book Day.

Plan a scavenger hunt during the day. Every staff member -- including your custodial and kitchen staffs, the crossing guard, and the bus drivers! -- will need to be prepared to share with students the title of their all-time-favorite book. If possible, that adult should have the book with them at all times during the day. Challenge every student in the school to "find" the favorite book of at least one teacher at each grade level and of at least three or four other adults in the school. Prepare a record-keeping sheet for students and have them write the book titles as they ask the adults to share their favorites.

More Ideas for
Reading Fun!

The ideas shared on this page are only the beginning! You will find dozens more ideas for your Read-All-Day Day celebration in the Education World article Special Reading Fun for Read Across America Day.

Every adult should be prepared to read aloud a favorite book, or part of a favorite book. You might create a schedule that rotates students into special read-aloud sessions at several times during the school day.

Use some of Education World's Reader's Theater Scripts. Watch this section of our site as the library of scripts grows in the months ahead!

Make something good to eat! Students will need to read and follow the recipe you share.

Have each teacher contribute a favorite fun reading lesson that they will use on the day. Compile the lessons into a book to share with the entire staff.

Cover the cafeteria tables with mural paper. During the day, cycle classes into the cafeteria. Each student will draw on the mural paper a picture to represent his or her favorite book. At the end of the day, hang the mural in the cafeteria or in another high-traffic spot so it can be enjoyed by everybody. You might make this time in the cafeteria extra special by using this Reading Caf lesson idea.

Involve older students in the school by having them read a favorite book to younger students. Students might read to a whole class, small groups, or one on one; or they might work in pairs ahead of time to pick out and practice a read-aloud to present.

Work with your librarian/media center coordinator to create grade-appropriate book quizzes or library scavenger hunts. Award books as prizes.

You might involve a local bookstore in your school-wide celebration. Perhaps bookstore owners will plan a community-wide contest and award book coupons to winning students or books to the library of the school that has the largest number of participants (or the largest percentage of participants based on its student population).

Lesson Plan Source

Submitted By

Gary Hopkins

National Standards

NL-ENG.K-12.1 Reading for Perspective
NL-ENG.K-12.2 Reading for Understanding
NL-ENG.K-12.12 Applying Language Skills

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Originally published 02/08/2008
Last updated 01/18/2010