Some schools gets really creative when it comes to encouraging literacy for their students.
Various institutions have Literary Weeks featuring authors, books, contests, prizes; etc.
When I was six we didn’t have a celebration per se though our elementary school had a contest to see who could read the most books in a certain time period.
My older sister would also come to our class and read books to the kids sometimes.
At a school in Aledo, TX they recently held a special literary week and students had different things to do each day.
One day was “Wear a Hat Celebrating Cat in the Hat” while another was Silly Socks Day.
March 13 was “Expressive Word Day.”
My birth daughter chose – from Mary Poppins – “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.”
“We actually looked up the spelling and then I used a fabric marker to write super…on a plain lime green shirt,” said her adoptive mom. “It was a big hit and everyone read her shirt all day.”
My birth daughter’s adoptive brother chose “ridiculous” and the adoptive mom just wrote his on the back with a // like in a real dictionary, then wrote the meaning (i.e. laughable, to mock; etc.).
On March 14 they were celebrating “Reference Day” and they had to wear a shirt from their favorite vacation.
“They both chose, of course, Disney shirts,” said the adoptive mom. “They got to look at travel books in the library.”
Last year the Beeston Hall School in the United Kingdom held their first Literary Week in October featuring book workshops, speakers, drama, art, and performances. (Source: beestonhall.co.uk).
Other schools might call their Literary Week “Book Week” and do activities such as have students read all the works by one author, come dressed up as variuos characters from different books, or bring junk that are like objects mentioned in certain writings. (Source: falcon.jmu.edu).
Each March various schools celebrate “Read Across America Day” because Dr. Seuss’ birthday is that month, according to education-world.com.
Children’s Book Week is usually held in November every year but for teachers every day is literacy day.
At intermediate schools if there is a literary club in place the group is videotaped by the school librarian. (Source: noodletools.com).
At advanced schools students may interpret an odyssey from literature, states learningplace.com.
Teachers can also celebrate the number 100 in their Literary Week.
“I’ve tried this in first and second grade and both grades love it. Keep a running list of words that the kids can read by themselves,” says Ellie, a first-grade teacher. “Every time the class can read a new word, add it to the list until you have 100.”