Below are a list of annual literacy and reading related events, with details, where available, of approximate dates when they take place each year
The overall aim of LGBT History month is to promote equality and diversity. In our libraries through books and other resources we can increase the visibility of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (“LGBT”) people, their history, lives and their experiences=
Coordinated by the Society for Storytelling, this takes place annually usually during the first week of February.
World Book Day takes place the first Thursday in March and is the biggest annual celebration of books and reading in the UK and Ireland. Special £1 books are produced and all Primary School children and any PreSchool and Secondary School children whose schools have registered with the scheme receive a free £1 book token. The website is packed full of useful ideas and resources that librarians can use all year round
World Storytelling Day is a global celebration of the art of oral storytelling. It is celebrated every year on the spring equinox in the northern hemisphere and on the autumn equinox in the southern. On World Storytelling Day, as many people as possible tell and listen to stories in as many languages and at as many places as possible, during the same day and night
Held every year on or around 2nd April to commemorate the birth of Hans Christian Anderson who was born on this day in 1805, International Children’s Book Day is coordinated by IBBY (International Board on Books for Young People) as part of their regular schedule of activities to promote children’s reading and international awareness through children’s books. IBBY branches in a number of countries arrange events to mark the day.
This is organised by the Federation of Children’s Book Groups to celebrate the power of story telling and story sharing. Each year there is a specific theme
The first ever Empathy Day was launched on June 13th 2017 to highlight empathy’s importance in our divided world, and the power of stories to develop it.
Refugee Week takes place every year across the world in the week around World Refugee Day on the 20 June. In the UK, Refugee Week is a nationwide programme of arts, cultural and educational events that celebrate the contribution of refugees to the UK, and encourages a better understanding between communities. The site has a comprehensive list of fiction resources on human rights themes and the plight of refugees
This event (launched in 1999) aims to encourage children aged 4 – 12 to visit their local public libraries to maintain their reading over the school summer holidays.
Roald Dahl Day
Held on the 13th September this annual celebration of Roald Dahl’s life and work was first held in 2006 to mark what would have been his 90th birthday. Roald Dahl Day includes special events, activities and a Roald Dahl Day Challenge
The European Day of Languages (EDL), a Council of Europe initiative, is held annually on 26 September to celebrate linguistic diversity, plurilingualism and lifelong language learning. The EDL was first celebrated in 2001.
Since 1994 National Poetry Day has engaged millions of people with poetry through a range of live events and web-based activities for people throughout the country. Such a variety of poetry is written and read that each year the day is given a new theme, in order to highlight particular poets and styles of poetry.
Celebrated every year usually on 30 September on the feast of St Jerome the Bible translator who is considered the patron saint of translators. The celebrations have been promoted by FIT (the International Federation of Translators) ever since it was set up in 1953. A great opportunity for school libraries celebrate with some of our favourite translated children’s books?
The aims are to promote a knowledge of Black history, culture and heritage, to disseminate information on positive Black contributions to British society and to heighten the confidence and awareness of Black people to their cultural heritage.
Started by the International Association of School Librarianship (IASL) in 1999 as International School Library Day. In 2008, the event expanded to cover the whole month of October, with schools being invited to take part for a day, a week or even the whole month.
Usually held in the first week of October this is an annual event aimed to further understanding of Dyslexia
Libraries Week, held mid October, is a nation-wide celebration of libraries, librarians and library staff in all sectors. A chance to showcase all the creative, innovative and diverse activities that UK libraries have to offer.
This is the Federation of Children’s Book Groups’ annual celebration of all things factual. Originally it was just a day – National Non-Fiction Day – but now the whole month of November is dedicated to all those readers that have a passion for information and facts in an attempt to bring the importance of non- fiction in line with fiction
A week-long celebration of reading for pleasure in schools all around the UK.
EVENTS ONGOING THROUGHOUT THE YEAR
An ongoing initiative through which children undertake to read books, or do other literacy-based activities, in return for pledges of money from family and friends. All money raised goes to help charities for seriously ill children. e.g. Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity and CLIC Sargent (Cancer Care for Children). Participating groups are provided with sponsor forms, display materials and a teachers’ guide, containing instructions, ideas and suggested activities.