April ushers in more than showers — it’s also the most literary month of the year. The fourth month of the year hosts National Poetry Month, World Book Day and Shakespeare’s birthday. April is also when the first dictionary was published (1828) and when the world’s largest library, the Library of Congress was established (1800).
Adding to this illustrious list is a day we’re especially excited about: April 10, which is National Encourage a Young Writer Day — a day when young people are encouraged to write to their heart’s content.
To inspire little ones to put pen to paper, PBS KIDS is sharing activities and resources that inspire us all to get the creative juices flowing. One of the most effective ways to help children become readers and writers is to show them through your own example.
Not sure where to start? Here are a few ideas from PBS KIDS:
- 13 PBS KIDS Games for Reading and Storytelling is perfect to share with your youngsters, and they’re all available on the PBS KIDS Games App and website
- Check out a few of these exciting 9 Children’s Books Filled with Fantasy from your local library
- Plan to Host Storytime at Home on April 10th. You can Skype in friends and family to join the fun
- This book list is guaranteed to get the whole family giggling
- For quick inspo and great role models, check out previous winners of the PBS KIDS Writers Contest.