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September 08

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, “Lift Off to Literacy,” inspires students to shoot for the stars. Share the message that building a literacy habit takes just a little time each day.




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 NASA have partnered to promote the theme "Lift Off to Literacy," which inspires students to build an out-of-this-world literacy habit. Visit the ILD website to pledge your participation in our 60-for-60 mission: adding 60 seconds of literacy activities for 60 days. You'll receive an activity kit of 60 cross-curricular ideas and an entry to win a prize pack of NASA goodies! Explore the website further to discover printable materials for your classroom (including a Spanish version of this year's poster) and a digital kit of badges to share the love ILD.

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 #ILD14), or send them to




  • International Literacy Day

    Pledge your commitment on the official #ILD14 website, and discover free printables and other goodies to share with students and colleagues.

  • 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   K – 2  |  Lesson Plan  |  Recurring Lesson

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Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

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Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Exploring Literacy in Cyberspace

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Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Exploring Literature through Letter-Writing Groups

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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.