September 8th – International Literacy Day 2017

international literacy day - kids reading in a den

Do you want to know what International Literacy Day is all about and how you can help celebrate it? Read on to find out more and discover fun literacy activities you can try at home or in the classroom.

What is International Literacy Day?

This year International Literacy Day falls on Friday September 8th 2017.

World Literacy Day was started by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO). It aims to promote literacy in a world where at least 758 million adults and 263 million out-of-school children still lack basic literacy skills.

UNESCO says: “International Literacy Day is celebrated annually worldwide and brings together governments, communities, teachers, learners and experts in the field.

It is an occasion to mark achievements and reflect on ways to counter remaining challenges for the promotion of literacy as an integral part of lifelong learning.

What is The Theme For International Literacy Day 2017?

Is it a struggle to get your children to put down their phones or tablets and pick up a book? Or maybe it’s you that doesn’t read enough?

Well the theme for International Literacy Day 2017 is aiming to help with that problem. UNESCO have announced the theme for this year – ‘Literacy in a Digital World’.

School Activities For National Literacy Day

The good news is there are loads of fun literacy activities to get your kids interested in reading, whether this is in the classroom or at home.

International Literacy Day activities don’t have to be complicated or break the bank. Arts and craft blogger Kate Williams from Crafts on Sea created this fantastic idea based around the classic children’s book ‘Dear Zoo’!

This idea is perfect for pre-schoolers on World Literacy Day! If your child doesn’t like ‘Dear Zoo’, you can pick a different book depending on what your child enjoys reading.

international literacy day - dear zoo

If you are a teacher looking for more fun literacy activities there is a great Key Stage Two printout for Literacy Day right here. It will encourage your students to review their favourite books.

international literacy day - book review worksheet

To find out more about International Literacy Day 2017 click here.


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