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September 09

Celebrate International Literacy Day!

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Celebrate International Literacy Day!

Grades K – 12
Calendar Activity Type Literacy-Related Event





Recognize the importance of literacy in the lives of children and adults by focusing attention in your classroom, your school, and your community on literacy issues in celebration of International Literacy Day. This year’s theme, “Invent Your Future,” inspires students to dream big. Share the message that strong literacy skills pave the pathway to success—not only in the classroom but also in the workplace.




International Literacy Day is celebrated annually by the International Reading Association (IRA) and is designed to focus attention on literacy issues. IRA estimates that 780 million adults, nearly two-thirds of whom are women, do not know how to read and write. They also estimate that 94—115 million children worldwide do not have access to education. International Literacy Day is just one way the Association strives to increase literacy around the world.

This year, IRA and Sony Pictures have partnered to promote the theme "Invent Your Future," which inspires students to dream big. Visit the Invent Your Future website to discover suggested celebration activities, to register for freebies, to enter to win a tablet, and to print fun extras for students. Join the global celebration, and be sure to let the International Reading Association know how you celebrate. Share pictures and videos to Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram (using the official hashtag #ILD13), or send them to

At 8 pm EST, join @IRAToday for the #ILD13 Twitter chat.



  • International Literacy Day

    The International Reading Association provides background information, fact sheets, and media tips for the day, as well as information on the Association's global efforts to increase literacy.

  • UNESCO Institute for Statistics: Literacy

    Explore detailed statistics about literacy around the world with this collection of data, which features information separated into age groupings and gender.


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Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Exploring Literature through Letter-Writing Groups

Students discuss literature through a series of letter exchanges, as a one-time assignment or throughout the year with the students discussing, and making connections among, a number of literary works.


Grades   K – 2  |  Lesson Plan  |  Recurring Lesson

Literacy Centers: Getting Started

This lesson gives teachers resources and guidance to create reading, listening, computer, and poetry Literacy Centers in their own classrooms.


Grades   K – 2  |  Lesson Plan  |  Recurring Lesson

Learning Centers: From Shared to Independent Practice

Seven blind mice—see how they spend each day of the week in this lesson that uses the book Seven Blind Mice to guide students through shared reading, writing, and listening activities.


Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

E-pals Around the World

With e-pals, students develop real-life writing and social experiences, learn the format of a friendly letter and parts of an e-mail message, and discover other cultures, languages, and geographic areas.


Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Exploring Literacy in Cyberspace

It’s not just words on a page (or screen)—reading comprehension involves making sense of the text. When students become aware of the analytical strategies they are using, they can explore the similarities and differences between making sense of print and making sense of a website.