As teachers, we encourage kids to become readers. I just recently learned that the first Saturday in February is National Take Your Child to the Library Day! Most public libraries do something to mark the occasion. Check with your local library for details. Take the opportunity to promote this in your classroom and community so we can improve literacy in our society!
Here’s a super cute idea one elementary school librarian did to help encourage kids to use the library’s resources. It’s name is Zoinks the Answer Alien.
Every week, Zoinks asks a question that encourages kids to do research in the library. For example, the question might be “what year was Charlotte’s Web published?” or “what country is directly north of Moldova?” When the kids find the answer, they write it down with their source and “feed it” to Zoinks. If they’re correct, they’re entered into a weekly prize drawing. Such a cool idea! (Go to the Source for more info).