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Annual Literacy Events Calendar


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An excellent calendar of national and international events to support literacy with links to each site.

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Annual Literacy Events Calendar

  1. 1. Reading events calendarBelow are listed annual celebrations of literacy and reading, with details, whereavailable, of approximate dates when they take place each year and websites to visit formore information.January July/August Sign Up Now week SHINE festival Costa Book Award (formerly Whitbread) Summer Reading Challenge CILIP Carnegie and GreenwayFebruary Awards National Storytelling Week September Get London Reading Early Years Book AwardsMarch International Literacy Day / International Adult Learners Week Blue Peter Book Awards Roald Dahl Day World Book Day Sign Up Now week World Storytelling Day European Day of LanguagesApril October International Childrens Book Day Childrens Book Week National Schools Film WeekMay National Poetry Day Parents Week National Share a Story Month Everybody Writes Day Adult Learners Week CSV Make a Difference Day Learning at Work Day Family Learning Week Bookstart Scotland Day International School Library Month Black History Month The Man Booker PrizeJune Tell A Story Day National Family Week November National Bookstart Week Volunteers Week Welsh Book of the Year The Guardian Childrens Fiction Prize The Orange Prize National Non-fiction Day Dyslexia Awareness Week Ongoing eventsCopyright © National Literacy Trust June 2011
  2. 2. JanuaryMid-JanuarySign Up Now weekCampaign that runs alongside Adult Learners Week, which takes place in May, toencourage adults to sign up for education courses to start in September. Promotionalmaterials are available for adult education providers to publicise the event and their ownactivities. Book Award (formerly Whitbread)www.costabookawards.comFebruaryFirst full week in FebruaryNational Storytelling WeekNational Storytelling Week, coordinated by the Society for Storytelling, takes placeannually during the first week of February. London ReadingBi-annual campaign launched in 2004 to encourage Londoners to make space in theirbusy lives for books, celebrating Londons books and MarchBlue Peter Book AwardsThe Blue Peter Book Awards are announced at the beginning of March to coincide withWorld Book Day. Thursday of monthWorld Book DayWorld Book Day traditionally took place on 23 April (Shakespeares birthday and StGeorges Day). From 2001 this was changed to the first Thursday in March to avoidclashes with Easter holidays and allow schools to take part consistently.www.worldbookday.comSpring equinoxWorld Storytelling DayFormerly known as International Storytelling Day, the celebration aims to get peopleworldwide to tell and listen to stories, in a wide variety of languages, and at as manyplaces as possible, during a single 24-hour period. It is hoped that by sharing stories andinspiration, they will learn from each other and create international © National Literacy Trust June 2011
  3. 3. April2 AprilInternational Childrens Book DayHeld every year to commemorate the birth of Hans Christian Anderson in 1805, this dayis coordinated by IBBY (International Board on Books for Young People) as part of theirregular schedule of activities to promote childrens reading and international awarenessand understanding of other cultures through childrens books. IBBY branches in anumber of countries arrange events to mark the day. Share a Story MonthOrganised by the Federation of Childrens Book Groups. week of the monthAdult Learners WeekAnnual celebration of adult learning that includes the ALW awards to recognise the goodwork of individuals and groups involved in the provision of adult during Adult Learners WeekLearning at Work DayAnnual awareness campaign, coordinated by the Campaign for Learning, promoting andsupporting workplace learning events across the country. Over 5,000 organisations takepart each year, celebrating learning achievements and promoting further learningopportunities. Thursday in MayBookstart Scotland DayHas a different theme to National Bookstart Day (which falls in Scotlands Octoberschool holidays) although it celebrates the same of June (half term week)National Family WeekNational Family Week is an annual celebration of family life that aims to highlight theimportance of quality time together and promote the benefits of a healthy, active lifestyle.It is supported by a huge range of voluntary sector organisations and supported bycommercial partners. of JuneNational Bookstart WeekAnnual celebration of sharing stories, songs and rhymes. © National Literacy Trust June 2011
  4. 4. Beginning of JuneVolunteers WeekVolunteers Week is a national celebration of volunteers and volunteering that takesplace at the beginning of June each year, giving volunteer managers and organisationsthe chance to say thank you to their volunteers. It is a UK-wide event, coordinated byVolunteering England in association with Volunteer Development Scotland, NorthernIreland Volunteer Development Agency, Wales Council for Voluntary Action and theNational Association of Volunteer Bureaux. Book of the Year AwardAdministered by Academi, the annual Book of the Year Award is made to a Welsh-language and an English-language work in the fields of creative writing and literarycriticism. Prizes are awarded for the best book in the calendar year. www.academi.orgThe Orange JulySHINE festivalThe SHINE festival is a week-long schools festival to celebrate the talent in the school summer holidaysNational Summer Reading Challenge in LibrariesThe National Summer Reading Challenge (launched in 1999) is coordinated by TheReading Agency and supported by the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council, Booksfor Students and leading childrens publishers. It is aimed at encouraging four to 12-year-olds into libraries to maintain their reading over the school summer CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Childrens Book AwardsShortlists for the two awards are announced in April and the winners are announced inJuly. During this period, many childrens reading groups in schools and libraries take partin a “shadowing” scheme, reviewing the nominated books and talking about who theythink should Years Book AwardsThis award, created by Booktrust, gives prizes for fresh methods of communicating withpre-school children. The shortlist and winners are chosen by a panel of six judges,including a childrens book consultant, a nursery nurse, and childrens © National Literacy Trust June 2011
  5. 5. 8 SeptemberInternational Literacy Day/International Adult Learners WeekSince 1967, International Literacy Day has been celebrated around the world, torecognise that the basic learning needs of all people of all ages should be met in eachand every country, both developing and developed. In 2000, the event was expanded tobecome International Adult Learners full week of the monthSign Up Now weekNIACE, the national organisation for adult learning, coordinates Sign Up Now week, anational campaign held twice a year (January and September) to encourage adults toparticipate in learning. SeptemberRoald Dahl DayAnnual celebration of Roald Dahls life and work, first held in 2006 to mark what wouldhave been his 90th birthday. Roald Dahl Day includes special events, activities and aRoald Dahl Day Challenge. www.roalddahlday.info26 SeptemberEuropean Day of LanguagesThe European Day of Languages (EDL), a Council of Europe initiative, is held annuallyon 26 September to celebrate linguistic diversity, plurilingualism and lifelong languagelearning. The EDL was first celebrated in 2001, the European Year of Languages.Resources to help celebrate the day are available from Scottish CiLT (Centre forInformation on Language Teaching and Research). full week of the monthNational Childrens Book WeekAnnual celebration of childrens book and reading. full week of the monthNational Schools Film WeekDuring this week, Film Education provides lots of advice and support materials forschools to use in promoting the use of film in an educational context.www.filmeducation.orgThursday of the first full week of the monthNational Poetry DayOrganised by the Poetry Society, National Poetry Day takes place on the Thursdayduring National Childrens Book Week (see above). of the month (half term)Parents WeekRun every year by the National Family and Parenting Institute, to raise awareness of theconcerns of parents and families and the people who work with © National Literacy Trust June 2011
  6. 6. End of the monthEverybody Writes DayEverybody Writes Day is an annual celebration of writing in schools. Primary andsecondary schools collapse the curriculum for one whole day to celebrate writing in all itsforms, and pupils and staff take part in fun writing events – including catering staff, sitemanagers and parent volunteers. Make a Difference DayCSV Make a Difference Day is the biggest day of direct volunteering and communityaction. You can access activity ideas, register for free resources and promote youractivities and projects through your local BBC radio station. The campaign also recruitsreading mentors. Learning WeekAnnual celebration of family learning that has activities taking place in diverse locationssuch as zoos, shopping centres, libraries and community centres. For more informationcontact the Campaign for Learning on 020 7930 1111. In Scotland, Family Learning Week is coordinated by the Scottish AdultLearning Partnership: School Library MonthStarted by the International Association of School Librarianship (IASL) in 1999 asInternational School Library Day. In 2008, the event expanded to cover the whole monthof October, with schools being invited to take part for a day, a week or even the wholemonth. History Man Booker Prizewww.themanbookerprize.comTell-a-Story DayNational Tell-a-Story Day gives people of all ages the opportunity to hear and tell storiesby organising or taking part in local events. Launched in 2001, the celebration takesplace at the end of October with stories told in all sorts of venues - schools, libraries,hospitals, care centres, residential homes for the elderly, visitor centres, prisons, hotelsand restaurants, castles, caves, forests, theatres, churches, and peoples own Guardian Childrens Fiction Thursday in the monthNational Non-fiction DayLaunched in 2010 by the Federation of Children’s Book Groups and Scholastic as anannual celebration to show that it’s not just fiction that can be read and enjoyed forpleasure.www.nnfd.orgCopyright © National Literacy Trust June 2011
  7. 7. First full week in the monthDyslexia Awareness WeekDyslexia Awareness Week is run by the British Dyslexia Association. eventsReadathonReadathon is an ongoing initiative through which children undertake to read books, or doother literacy-based activities, in return for pledges of money from family and friends.Participating groups are provided with sponsor forms, display materials and a teachersguide, containing instructions, ideas and suggested activities. www.readathon.orgSpellathonSpellathon is Mencaps national sponsored spelling challenge. It is open to children inmainstream and special schools, up to the age of 13 (key stage 3). Oxford UniversityPress provides spelling lists linked to the National Curriculum and the PrimaryFramework for literacy. Funds raised will help the charity support people with a learningdisability and the top fundraising school will receive a celebrity © National Literacy Trust June 2011