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Read Across America in July

A little extra encouragement to pay attention to their surroundings can help provide rich fodder to a young imagination. Offer more opportunities for kids to look, imagine and think!

For Younger Readers

Pool by Jihyeon Lee (Chronicle Books, 2015) is a wordless picture book that tells the story of a young swimmer who dives deep into his imagination while swimming in a crowded pool.

Discuss and explore:

The publisher provides advice on How to Read a Book with No Words, using Pool as an example. Stimulate kids

For Older Readers

Words with Wings by Nikki Grimes (Wordsong, 2013) explains in verse how Gaby uses her imagination to help her cope with tough times at home and starting a new school.

Discuss and explore:

An Educator Guide by the publisher provides discussion questions and activities. Author/educator Kristen Remanar offers additional classroom ideas for using the book to guide imaginations.

In The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (Doubleday, 2011) two student magicians are pitted in a battle of imagination at a mysterious circus that only appears at night.

Discuss and explore:

The Night Circus Readers Guide offers topics and questions for discussion. Encourage readers to spend time discussing the details of the book Q&A with the author.

Engaging Readers of All Ages

Pretending to be someone else activates imaginations and exercises language skills. Have students talk about the expression issues, and come up with ways they can communicate their new understanding.

Older students can take the idea of walking in someone else write a narrative about a day in the owner's life or try this similar video-based lesson from PBS Learning Media.

Additional Resources

Responsive Classroom has ideas for Fostering Imagination

Imagination: The Forgotten 21st Century Skill? from Scholastic includes books for kids that talk about imagination.

Find tools and support to help foster the creativity of kids in your own community at the Imagination Foundation

Watch talks on the creative spark from this TED playlist.

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Coming in 2019...

NEA's Read Across America Day
Friday, March 1, 2019

National Teacher Day
May 7, 2019

National Teacher Appreciation Week
May 6-10, 2019

American Education Week
November 11-15, 2019