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Media Center Activities for Young Readers Week

Young Readers Week, celebrated annually on the second full week of November, is co-founded by Pizza Hut and the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. The initiative is to raise awareness for the importance of literacy and generate a passion for reading among young students.

Celebrate by reading at your library during the week of November 11-15th!

Activities for Young Readers

In order to encourage young readers, we have four media center activities you can use during library hours. These activities are geared toward getting students excited about reading and thinking critically about the stories. We hope we can help you to inspire students to have a passion for reading!

Comic Strips

Use comic strips to help students visualize a story's beginning, middle, and end. You can have students create their own stories or you can read aloud a story to your students and have them identify the story elements within the comic strip. Be sure to have markers, crayons, stickers, and pencils on hand for this activity. Don't for get the comic strips! Download free blank comic strips here.

Bookmark Origami

Help students create bookmarks for all the reading they’ll be doing! Students can get creative by making their own bookmark characters and animals. Watch the video below to see how easy it is to create origami bookmarks.

Name The Book

Choose a book to read to your students without showing them the title or the cover. When you are finished, have students draw the cover and name the book what they think it should be. Let students’ imaginations open up with possibilities. After everyone is done with their book covers and titles you can showcase the new covers alongside the book as a library display.

Story Artists

Kids love being artistic. Pair creativity and reading together in this activity by either having students read or listen to a short story, fable, or poem. After they have read the piece, give them time to illustrate their favorite part. This gives students the opportunity to add visual imagery to what they just read.

Check out these short stories your students can illustrate!

When Two Stories Collide

Select two books to read to students. After you have read each story aloud to them, have students write a story or play based on the two main characters from each of the books. You can finish the activity by having the class act out the new story or play.

BOOK IT! Program

BOOK IT! is a program dedicated to encourging reading in schools nationwide. As the largest and longest-running corporate supported reading pgram, BOOK IT! is making a difference for young readers. Head over to BOOK IT!'s website for reading activities, lesson plans, free printables, and reading trackers.

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