This year, Family Reading Night is on Thursday, November 21, 2013. Jesse White, Illinois Secretary of State and State Librarian; the Illinois Center for the Book, an affiliate of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress; and ILLINOIS READS, a project of the Illinois Reading Council; sponsor Family Reading Night.
The first 2013 Family Reading Night orders are being filled within the next few weeks. Libraries and literacy organizations that placed orders with the Illinois State Library (ISL) before Friday, August 16, 2013 that do not receive promotional posters and bookmarks they ordered by the end of September should notify Bonnie Matheis at bmatheis [at] ilsos.net or (217) 558-2065.
Libraries that have not yet placed orders and would still like to promote Family Reading Night can download and print out the Material Order Form at http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/publications/pdf_publications/lda142.pdf.
On the ISL’s Web site, librarians at public libraries and school libraries may also find useful the poster The ABC’s of Reading: Suggestions for Your Family Reading Night Event:
Art and Books — Have students create book jackets depicting their favorite books.
Battle of the Books — Have students read the same book and host a “Battle of the Books” contest.
Contests — Hold contests such as Read for Recess, Book Trivia, Bookmark-Making Contests and Book Bingo.
Draw Pictures — Ask children to draw a picture about a book you read aloud.
Exchange Books — Hold a book exchange where students can trade their gently-used books.
Football and Reading —Invite high school football players, cheerleaders and coaches to read to younger students. Have cheerleaders create an R-E-A-D cheer.
Guest Readers — Invite celebrity readers or senior citizens to read aloud to children.
Help Younger Students — Encourage older students to read to younger students.
Invite Other Organizations — Invite the public library or school to collaborate on Family Reading Night activities.
Journaling — Encourage families to write in journals. Writing encourages reading.
Kick-off Events — Feature a week of reading activities building up to Family Reading Night.
Look up Authors — Look up contact information for authors at the library. Have students write letters to their favorite authors or illustrators and mail or e-mail the letters.
Make a Display — Collect photos of students and families reading and display them in a prominent location.
Newspaper Scavenger Hunt — Create a reading quiz using local newspapers.
Open Mic Night — Sponsor a poetry slam or poetry reading for teens and young adults.
Pajama Party — Have families wear their pajamas, bring pillows and blankets, and read bedtime stories.
Quiet Time — Provide quiet time for everyone to read silently.
Raffles and Drawings — Offer raffles and drawings for books and other prizes.
Stations — Set up stations with reading-related parent and child activities.
Tasty Treats — Have parents read a recipe to their children then cook it.
Under the Stars — Host a camping-themed event. Build tents using blankets and folding chairs and read stories by flashlight under the tents.
Video Games — Encourage students to turn off the television and video games and read instead.
Word Games — Play word games such as Scrabble or Boggle.
EXcited — Motivate and excite your students to read! Reward them with pizza parties and book-related prizes.
Yes — Say “Yes” to reading! Get involved in other reading programs such as Read for a Lifetime, Rebecca Caudill Young Readers’ Book Award, Monarch Children’s Choice Award and the Abraham Lincoln High School Book Award.
Zillions — Families across the state reading Zillions of books!
This is the 22nd annual Family Reading Night. The celebration of literacy was started in 1991, George Ryan’s first year in office as Illinois Secretary of State.