Calendar for Planning Reading Events

This calendar is one example of a reading year.

It can be developed in the context of the Universal Reading Offer 

Add to it to make it relevant and specific to your school and communities.


Click here for blank template:   pdf version pdf,   pdf version excel spreadsheet

Month National Events Theme   Display Visits – authors, illustrators, storytellers, poets Activity
January   Winter Cold and snowy weather, picture books showing winter   Write reading diary for a month. Imagine you are in a very cold place
February   Valentine's Day Love stories   Design a Valentine’s Day
March World Book Day   Posters, copies of books available Author to celebrate world book day Game of consequences
April   Greenaway shortlist Book display of previous winners   Design a book cover for a previous winner
May   Myths & Legends Myths & legends   Design a bookmark as guide to library
June Greenaway Winner Illustration in children's books: winner of the award this year. The current winner's best images - books from the library Illustrator to discuss greenaway shortlisted books Illustrate in the style of...(the winner or a favourite illustrator)
July Summer Reading Challenge Summer holidays Titles from theme of reading game   Wordsearch
August   Sports or Olympics Sport stories   Make a board game to do with sport
September *Roahl Dahl Day
Books by and about Dahl.   Design a book cover for a Dahl children's book.
October *Children’s Book Week and Family Learning Festival
Black History Month
National Poetry Day
*Titles from theme of book week
*Promotion of Black authors, illustrators and publishers
Author / storyteller / poet *Reading tree with leaves of books read
*Displays. Children's writing. Promotional bookmark. Link with Public Library events
November   Ghosts and horror Books with scary covers, horror stories   Design a poster to a scary book and the library
December   Christmas and winter festivals Christmas / Diwali / Hannukkah and other books & decorations   Design a card



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