Reading Activity Calendar


1National Family Literacy DayCelebrate this day by reading together after dinner. Pick a favorite family book and take turns reading it out loud. Visit for more information on the day.
2Digital Scrapbooking DayPreserve your family memories by uploading any digital photos you have. Have your child help you write captions for each photo.
3National Sandwich DayMake your favorite sandwiches (maybe even for breakfast) and then, using cookie cutters or just a knife, cut them into letter shapes.
4Walk Like an EgyptianThe entrance to King Tut’s tomb was discovered on this day in 1922. Visit the library or look online for more information on Egypt and pyramids.
5Drum MonthKids love drumming! Use a hardcover book (or pots, if you’re up for the noise!) and make a beat. Then start reciting the alphabet, saying a letter with each beat.
6More Drum MonthUsing a makeshift drum like you did yesterday, make a beat and decide on a category like animals, food, or colors. You or your child start by saying the name of something in that category (like “zebra”) and the other person says the name of something else in the category (like “monkey”). If it takes more than five beats to think of something, you’re out!
7Child Safety and Protection MonthMake signs that say “hot” or “sharp” with your child to put on things that could be dangerous, like stoves or knives. Tape the signs above the area together and talk about why it’s dangerous.
8More Child Safety and Protection MonthTalk about different safety-related items with your child, like helmets for bikes, seat belts for cars, and oven mitts for hot items.
9More Child Safety and Protection MonthWith your child, make a list of safety rules for your house and car, like “don’t climb on a wobbly chair to reach something up high” or “be careful with scissors.” What rules does your child think are important? Remind him of ones he has forgotten.
10Sesame Street AnniversarySesame Street premiered on this day 1969. Visit for games and activities!
11Veterans DayWith the help of an encyclopedia or the Internet, explain to your child what Veterans Day is and why we celebrate it.
12National Pizza with the Works Except Anchovy DayThis day calls for ordering a pizza! Also take time to read a pizza menu with your child and talk about all the different words associated with pizza: dough, sauce, cheese, pepperoni, and yes, even anchovies.
13World Kindness DayFor World Kindness Day, help you child write (or even draw) something nice about each member of the family and slip the note somewhere where they’ll find it by surprise.
14National Young Readers DayLet your child read whatever he wants today, from the comics to the back of a cereal box. The only rule is just to read!
15America Recycles DayMake a point of recycling as much as possible today, and explain what you’re doing to your child, especially pointing out different items that are plastic, aluminum, cardboard, or newspaper.
16Teddy Bear DayVisit the library to read classic bear books like “Paddington,” a “Berenstain Bear” book, and “Winnie-the-Pooh.”
17World Peace DayPaper cranes are a symbol of peace. Recognize this day by checking out “Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes” if you have children in upper elementary school or older.
18American Education WeekThis week is held the third full week in November. Celebrate by meeting or talking with your child’s teacher, caregiver, or anyone else who plays a part in teaching your child.
19Pencil DayThis day celebrates the pencil, which was invented in 1895. Give your child a freshly sharpened pencil and help him practice writing the letters of the alphabet. If your child isn’t old enough to do that, have him draw in his own way.
20Universal Children’s DayThis day promotes unity and welfare for all children of the world. Learn about different cultures with the “World Alphabets” series or “The Skin You Live In” by Michael Tyler.
21World Hello DayWith your child, say hello to 10 people today, either by speaking to them or by sending a note.
22More Hello DayThink of how many ways you can think of to say hello, like hi, hey, bonjour, hola, etc.
23National Family WeekThis week is always held the week of Thanksgiving. Start the week of by picking a book — a little longer than usual — to read to the whole family. Read a chapter or two each night together before bed.
24More Family WeekTake some time with your child to write short notes or photos with “captions” written on the back to family members. Include neighbors or friends who you’re especially close to.
27National Family Caregivers WeekIs there someone in your family who takes care of everyone else, or an aging or ailing parent? Have your child send them a sweet card to let them know they’re appreciated. Help your child decide what to say and how to write it.
25Pre-ThanksgivingTomorrow is the big day. Have your child help you write a menu for the meal, and talk about different parts of the meal, like appetizers, side dishes, main courses, and dessert.
26ThanksgivingWhat is your child most grateful for this year? Talk about it together, and then write it down in a list. Have your child decorate it with pictures.
28More ThanksgivingInstead of hitting the mall, go to the library and check out books about Thanksgiving and pilgrims like “’Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving” by Dav Pilkey or “The Thanksgiving Story” by Alice Dalgliesh.
29More ThanksgivingIn honor of Thanksgiving and National American Indian Heritage Month, learn more with your child about the early Thanksgiving celebrations between Pilgrims and Native Americans. Try reading “Eating the Plates: A Pilgrim Book of Food and Manners” by Lucille Recht Penner or “Giving Thanks: A Native American Good Morning Message” by Jake Swamp.
30More ThanksgivingStill working on leftovers? Sit down with your child and get creative about what new foods you can make with turkey and other leftovers, like soup or potato bread.
PBS KIDS: Raising Readers