This month, support a love of reading by showing your own enthusiasm for books! Read to kids, read in front of kids and expose them to all kinds of exciting and fascinating aspects of the written word. To make reading something kids look forward to every day this month, take advantage of the special dates and activities on the February calendar.
Celebrate Black History Month
Share the stories of African Americans throughout history and honor their contributions to our culture and country during Black History Month.
- Watch interviews with celebrated African American children’s book authors and illustrators at Reading Rockets
- Find great books about the achievements of Black Americans and their role in U.S. history in your local library
Belle of the Book with Sherri Smith, Walter Dean Myers and E.B. Lewis
Join the National African American Read-In
Throughout the month of February the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English invites schools, churches, libraries, bookstores, communities and readers from all walks of life to make promoting literacy a traditional part of Black History Month activities and celebrate and share the works of African American writers.
- National African American Read-In website
- Find books authored by African Americans at your local library
Brush up on Dental Heath during National Children’s Dental Health Month
Learning about good oral health is fun for kids when they sink their teeth into a good book.
- National Children’s Dental Health Month
- Bring big smiles with books about taking care of teeth from your local library
Fill your Valentine’s Day with books
Valentine’s Day can be more than candy, hearts, and flowers. Extend the love to poetry and books and encourage kids to share their favorite poems, titles or authors on February 14.
- Enjoy heartfelt poetry with author Laura Elliott at Reading Rockets
- Find books about sharing the love of books and reading in your local library
Hail to the books on Presidents’ Day
Use books to celebrate and honor the lives of George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and to reflect on the contributions of all the men who have served our country as President. To distinguish the first and sixteenth presidents, plan read alouds on their actual birthdays: George Washington was born on February 22 and Abraham Lincoln on February 12.
- Virtually visit the homes of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln or explore the lives, contributions and places associated with 43 American Presidents
- Find books about U.S. Presidents in your local library
Get ready for March (reading) Madness!
Theodor Geisel, known and beloved as Dr. Seuss, wrote and illustrated more than 40 books and gave us some of the most memorable characters in children’s literature including the Cat in the Hat. His March 2nd birthday is the date of the nation’s largest celebration of reading. NEA’s Read Across America events and activities—with red and white hatted readers—bring reading excitement on Dr. Seuss’s birthday and provides resources to keep kids reading 365 days a year.