Weekend Links: Gearing up for March into Literacy Month

With Dr. Seuss’ birthday falling on March 2 and the National Education Association (NEA) celebrating Read Across America Day on the same day, March is a great month to focus on literacy. There are also a boat load of other wonderful literacy-inspired recognitions on the way in the third month of 2017 including things like International Women’s Day, Johnny Appleseed Day and World Water Day.

I can’t wait to share my book-inspired posts that align with these holidays (and several more) in March!

In the meantime, here are some great activities to get everyone excited about this literacy-filled month. Enjoy

TeacherTalk 22 has a great read aloud list that fits in beautifully with March festivities.

March into Literacy month

YoungTeacherLove has a bunch of great ideas for the classroom including this fun book swap.

March Into Literacy Month

If you are looking for a fun activity for home, PreKPages.com suggesting Hosting a Family Literacy Night with a Reading.

March Into Literacy Month

While I always focus on reading when we talk about literacy, writing is just as important. As a children’s book publisher and author,  reading and writing goes hand and hand and in order to be a good writer, no matter what age you are.

Here are five suggestions from Tech Savvy Mama that applies to kids of all ages (and parents too!).

March Into Literacy month

SchoolTimeSnippets has a great classrooms game to inspire young minds and encourage reluctant readers/writers.

In honor of March being Literacy Month, take some time to focus on reading and writing in your home. Have fun and Happy Reading!

FREE Gift! Free 180 Multicultural Book Ideas ebook to inspired fun Reading!

School is out and our youngsters are settling into a new summer routine of sleeping in and hopefully doing some exploring and discovering. With the hectic days of summer just beginning, oftentimes one of the first habit to go by the wayside is the habit of daily reading.
Reading is always an important part of our children’s lives no matter what time of year it is so I decided to wrap my knowledge of fun kidlit books and activities up with my experience as one of the co-founders of the very successful Multicultural Children’s Book Day and create a unique resource for parents who are looking for creative ways to keep their kids reading this summer. Reading is important, but so is helping our young readers learn about other cultures, religions and traditions through the pages of these books. Here are some great booklists and resources that I have created over the years at Jump Into a Book that will not only give parents and readers great ideas on diverse kids’ books, but fun activities related to books that will bring stories to life!
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The Key To Extraordinary by Natalie Lloyd (guest post from Hannah Rials)

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The Last Snow of Winter (and a book-inspired soup recipe!)

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Weekend Links: Ways to Make “Kindness” a Verb

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MCBD Book Review Round-Up: Green Pants and Bronze and Sunflower

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Multicultural Children’s Book Day Reviewers: Link Up Your Reviews HERE

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