National Reading Month

March is National Reading Month and RIF wants to support our community of parents, caregivers, educators, and volunteers to engage and motivate the readers in your lives. National Reading Month is an important opportunity to encourage reading every day and to foster a love of books for children across the country.

To celebrate reading throughout March, take a look at the ideas and resources on this page. And, showcase your own love of reading and local literacy impact. Use hashtag #ReadWithRIF throughout National Reading Month when posting online to share the books you’re reading, your book stack, your students reading or your literacy-minded service activities. Join RIF in creating an online reading movement!

Plus, tune into our social channels for features tips, titles and activities!
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March Daily Literacy Tip

March 31, 2021 - A book club is a great way to encourage your child to read and share the love of reading with friends. Pick a time each week for the book club to meet, each child can take turns picking out a book, provide a few snacks and encourage a lively discussion. Click to see all March literacy tips..


Want a daily literacy tip or activity for the month of March? Text the word RIFREAD to 1-877-379-5018 and receive a daily text with tips to help foster a love of reading! *Standard texting rates apply

Join RIF for a Family Literacy Webinar

JOIN US! On March 18 at 7pm EST, Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) is hosting a virtual family literacy evening for parents and caregivers. During National Reading Month and there is no better time to celebrate reading with our RIF community, share some at-home reading ideas and tips and end with a bedtime read-aloud, all from the comfort of your home!

During this one hour webinar, RIF will provide a short overview of the current literacy crisis in America, highlight why reading aloud to your children is so important, and share some easy tips and activities to incorporate into daily routines to inspire and motivate reading all year long. We understand the impact that COVID-19 has had on our nation's children and are here to provide support and resources keep your children reading.

We will end the webinar with a special bed time read-aloud that will entertain your children while demonstrating some of our read aloud tips. Have your child grab their favorite blanket, get comfortable and enjoy story time with RIF.

March Book Bites

​​​​​​Looking for some fun ways to encourage your child to read each day? Our monthly literacy calendars offer daily Book Bites with thematic activities, suggested titles and fun holidays to encourage creativity and fun around daily reading. Check out March’s calendar today!

LeVar Burton and LA LOOP Give Back

 

In honor of National Reading Month, we are thrilled to highlight our friend and longtime literacy champion, LeVar Burton. This March, LeVar is donating 100% of his proceeds from the LeVar Burton Signature Series LA LOOP to support Reading Is Fundamental, and LA LOOP will be donating 3 books to RIF for every purchase of the product. We are tremendously grateful for this generosity and continue to be inspired by LeVar’s passion for fostering a love for reading in every child.
Learn more on how you can get involved.

Read-Aloud Tips

Reading a book aloud, taking turns reading, acting out a book, and discussing a book are all critical elements to building children’s reading skills. Reading together starts children on a path to obtain the necessary reading skills to become proficient, interested, and hopefully lifelong readers. Here are some tips to make the most of your read-aloud time.

Reading Webinars

Watch some of RIF’s webinars with suggested at-home literacy tips and ideas for raising a reader.

All Literacy Tips

March 31, 2021
A book club is a great way to encourage your child to read and share the love of reading with friends. Pick a time each week for the book club to meet, each child can take turns picking out a book, provide a few snacks and encourage a lively discussion.

March 30, 2021
Promote literacy with your child by turning on the captions when watching an online video, a show on television or a movie. It will help your child make a connection between the words they are hearing and the words they’re reading on the screen. It’s also a great way for them to identify any new vocabulary they hear. Next time they read that word in a text, they’ll be more likely to correctly identify it.

March 29, 2021
The End Game: After you finish reading a story with your child, have he or she put themselves in the author’s shoes and think about how they may have changed the ending. Have your child share their new story ending with a family member by retelling the new story version or writing it down.

March 28, 2021
Make waiting time, reading time. Be sure to keep a couple of books in the car for your child to read as you drive, and always bring some along to read while you wait for the doctor or dentist.

March 27, 2021
Playing games can help a child with reading. Try playing I Spy. Simply pick an object and describe it by using the first letter of the object such as “I spy with my little eye, something that begins with the letter P.”

March 26, 2021
Create a word wall to help your child work on their spelling, vocabulary and reading skills. Your child can add to it everyday and make sure you refer to it often.

March 25, 2021
Use the 3:2:1 strategy to get your child or student engaged in a book. Write down 3 things they learned, 2 things that are interesting and 1 question they have. These questions boost engagement while improving reading comprehension.

March 24, 2021
There are lots of reading strategies for your child to take control of their own reading and get through tough words. Remind them they can sound it out, look for a base word, chunk it, try a different sound, reread, use picture clues, use context cues, and use their background knowledge.

March 23, 2021
Make reading a daily habit at home. Your child can track their reading each day with the RIF reading log and you can reward them with a fun reading certificate. Celebrate that your child is a proud RIF reader!
Looking for something new to read? RIF is partnering with The Week Junior, a news magazine for children grades 4-8 to offer our RIF community the opportunity to read one free edition to celebrate National Reading Month and the Week Jr.’s one year anniversary. Every issue is filled with news, science, animals, nature, sports, entertainment and more. Enjoy this issue with your child today.

March 22, 2021
How about starting a books for breakfast routine on your weekends? Make reading a part of your weekend breakfast routine. While you wait for the toast to pop, or cereal to hit the bowl, have your child read a couple of pages from their favorite book. Talk as a family about the book while you enjoy your breakfast

March 21, 2021
When reading a book with your child, before starting flip through the pages and point out the illustrations and make predictions based on what you both see in the book (be careful not to give away the ending)!

March 20, 2021
Create a reading treasure hunt for your child today. For the treasure, pick something you want them to find. Leave pictures (for younger children) or word clues to follow to reach the treasure. Your turn, have them do the same for you.

March 19, 2021
Have your child write an acrostic poem using the letter in his or her name. Each letter should describe your child. Here’s an example for Stella: Sweet, Talkative, Eager, Living, Likes to Learn, Adventurous

March 18, 2021
Inspire your child to read with engaging activities you can find in RIF Book Bingo that help them play along as they read their favorite stories.

March 17, 2021
After reading a book with your child, here are some questions to ask to support their comprehension: (1) What was your favorite part of the story? Why? (2) Who was the most important character? Why? (3) What was the problem in the story? How was it solved? (4) Does this book remind you of another book? Why? (5) How did the story make you feel? and (6) Do you remember a time when you….? What happened?

March 16, 2021
Before reading a book with your child, show the cover and introduce the title, author and illustrator. ask your child what they think will happen in the book, and suggest things your child can look or listen for during the story. Additional questions to ask before reading a book with your child include: (1) What do you think this book is about and why, (2) Where do you think the story takes place? (3) Have you ever read anything like this before, (4) Discuss things that your child may have in common with the characters or setting in the story.

March 15, 2021
Encourage vocabulary development using fun games such as word searches, matching games and criss cross puzzles. RIF makes it easy to create these to use in class or at home at Puzzle Creator Interactive and Printable | RIF.org

March 14, 2021
Encourage your child to read all types of books across many genres including picture books, chapter books, comic books, drawing books and more! Don’t forget to mix in some nonfiction. Make it exciting – use the RIF 40 book reading challenge to get your child started.

Magazines are also a great opportunity to encourage reading. RIF is partnering with The Week Junior, a news magazine for children grades 4-8 to offer our RIF community the opportunity to read one free edition to celebrate National Reading Month and the Week Jr.’s one year anniversary. Every issue is filled with news, science, animals, nature, sports, entertainment and more. Enjoy this issue with your child today.

March 13, 2021
Get a set of dice and play Read, Roll and Tell. After reading a story, roll the dice. Based on the number rolled, have your child answer the related question. Roll three times. Here are the dice number questions: (1) Talk about where the story takes place. (2) Identify and describe the main character. (3) Talk about when the story takes place. (4) Talk about your favorite part of the story. (5) Talk about a problem that took place in the story. (6) Talk about what this story makes you think of when reading it.

March 12, 2021
Visit the library and/or bookstore often (based on COVID-19 guidelines), making trips as often as you can. Help your child sign up for his or her own library card – an exciting day when they can start to choose and check out their own books. Take advantage of library programs, such as read-alouds and family book clubs. There are even many online read-aloud opportunities. Find some of RIF’s latest read alouds at www.rif.org/literacy-central/read-aloud-collection.

March 11, 2021
Tie literacy to art for a fun way to encourage reading. You could visit an art museum together (based on COVID-19 guidelines) and use storytelling to explain what is happening in the artwork. Allow your child to interpret the artwork however he or she views it. Have your child create their own drawings, painting, sculptures and even instillation pieces made from recyclables in your home. Explain their art with sentence strips on which your child dictates to you what their artwork is about (consider making a video in which the children can tell a story about their artwork).

March 10, 2021
Write with your child. Provide a variety of writing materials (such as chalk, markers, crayons) and encourage your child to draw and write on their own. Encourage your child to practice letters and sight words, write thank you notes, make to-do lists, and even create their own stories to share with the family

March 9, 2021
Nursery rhymes play a critical role in language and literacy development. Rhymes help children develop an understanding of the patterns of language and understand the sounds and blends that are the building blocks of words. Sing and rhyme with your child as they learn about sounds and syllables. Choose songs with rhymes and word play. Playing rhyming games with your child such has what other words sound like “honey.” Challenge your child to sing or say rhymes as fast as they can and get silly together.

March 8, 2021
Point out environmental print to your child – this includes any time you see text outside your home – think street signs, posters in buildings, and even flyers at the grocery store. Note signage during nature walks and other outings. Ask your child to point out print outside of the home too.

March 7, 2021
Cooking together with your child is a fun and special way to develop literacy skills. Show your child how to read a recipe – looking at measurements, instructions for preparation, and order of steps. As you prepare the recipe, look at the labels on ingredients together. You can even make a family cookbook of favorite recipes you love to cook and enjoy together. Plus, you can develop oral literacy by talking about family recipes and cooking tips

March 6, 2021
Did you know grocery shopping can also be a way to encourage reading and writing? At the store, help your child figure out the first letter of specific brands. Then together go on a hunt to find foods from those brands. Or, use the aisle markers with your child to find items. Even have your child (if age appropriate) write out grocery lists.

March 5, 2021
Read aloud to your child every day even when they are babies. Bring a book to life by using a different voice for each character, consider dressing up like one of the characters or using puppets or stuffed toys related to the story, ask open-ended questions such as “how do you think the character felt?” and ask your child to make predictions about the plot, the characters, and the setting. RIF offers many resources on how to make the most of your read aloud time.

March 4, 2021 
Ask your child to tell you a story, describing an event in his or her life. Talking about their experiences helps children think about and process them. Giving detailed descriptions and telling complete stories helps children learn about story structure and sequencing; what happens in the beginning, middle and end of a story. These skills set a foundation for reading. They can tell you real stories about their lives or make up stories using their imaginations.

March 3, 2021
Create a special reading area in your home: a designated, cozy location to enjoy a good story where a selection of great books is always at arm’s reach. And, kids love to create reading forts with their favorite blankets and pillow and of course a flashlight. Sometimes books are best when read in a cozy spot!

March 2, 2021
Every child needs to see that reading is important. Whenever you have free time, are looking for an activity for quiet play or there’s stormy weather outside, suggest reading! Adults can set a good example by showing your kids you are a reader too. Read magazines, newspapers, and books in front of your children. This type of modeling will be powerful as children get older and are able to read independently. They’ll see how they can incorporate reading into their daily lives even as other activities demand their attention.

RIF is partnering with The Week Junior, a news magazine for children grades 4-8 to offer our RIF community the opportunity to read one free edition to celebrate National Reading Month and the Week Jr.’s one year anniversary. Every issue is filled with news, science, animals, nature, sports, entertainment and more. Enjoy this issue with your child today

March 1, 2021 
Set a reading goal for your child this month. Decide how many books and track them by making a fun chart or use RIF’s Reading Log at Printable Reading Logs and Certificates | RIF.org. Make all kinds of books readily available to your child. Get the entire family involved with each member setting a March reading goal.

 

 


In addition, to the tips and ideas on this page, we invite you to visit Literacy Central for book activities, games, and tools to motivate your students and children to read along with RIF all month long!
For reading fun, visit www.RIF.org/Literacy-Central
Set a goal to read daily and track your child’s progress here: www.RIF.org/Literacy-Central/Reading-Logs