Read A Book Day – why mark it in the classroom


The new school year may just be underway, but there’s already an important awareness day to take note of!

National Read a Book Day on 6 September provides an opportune moment for teachers to focus on the impact that reading can have on education.

The concept is a simple one too – everyone should pick up a book they enjoy and spend some time reading!

Not only does reading boost memory and concentration, but studies also suggest that it can enhance a child’s imagination.

Teachers may, therefore, wish to read a passage of a book to a class or encourage their pupils to bring some of their favourites into the classroom.

Alternatively, the day may provide an opportunity to use reading to boost friendships and to act as an introduction, especially for newly qualified teachers or those with new classes.

Both fiction and non-fiction works open up a whole world of possibilities for those with inquisitive minds and can provide a basis for lively discussion and debate.

To continue with the theme of reading, International Literacy Day also takes place this week – designed to raise awareness of both adult and child literacy.

The UNESCO day – now in its 52nd year – focuses on the written word in all its forms and recognises the role that literacy has to play in modern society.

Despite occurring on a Saturday, teachers may want to visit the topic as part of efforts to mark Read a Book Day.