Feb 19, 2020 is I Read Canadian Day. A day to encourage readers big and small to take 15 minutes and read a Canadian created book. At home, in the classroom, or in a library…here are my Ideas for I Read Canadian Day!
I Read Canadian Day ideas
- Encourage readers to choose Canadian books
- Read a Canadian book aloud to your readers
- Host a Canadian book tasting in your library
- Play Canadian book Bingo
- Create a Canadian book scavenger hunt
- Dress up like a Canadian book character
- Play a Canadian author last name word search
- Discuss why it’s important to read Canadian books
- Create an “I Read Canadian because…” writing prompt
- Share your #IReadCanadian love on social media
More I Read Canadian Day Ideas…
Block time out of your day to intentionally read a Canadian book. Perhaps on your morning commute. Or during lunch. Or as an after-school activity. Or as a bedtime story. If you don’t plan it — you might not do it. And it’s really important to read Canadian.
Why read Canadian?
Canadian books reflect our national culture and language. It also reflects the history, environment, and emotion of our people. Opting to read a Canadian created book supports the economy by giving your dollars to Canadian publishers, distributors, authors, and illustrators.
What kind of books should we choose?
There are so many books available! Board books, picture books, middle grade, young adult, Hi-Low, fiction, non-fiction, fantasy, graphic novels, science, environment, adventure, history, crafts, animals, biographies…and more!
The important thing is…encourage your reader to choose a book which appeals to them. My son LOVES graphic novels — much more than any other kind of book. And I figure…reading is reading. Would I like him to read more biographies? Yes. But I’m just happy he’s happy to read. So don’t force a specific genre of book category…just encourage reading. The biographies (or novels or science books) will all come in due time.