Read, Write and Communicate
Preparing students of all ages to be literate members of society.
Through high quality learning experiences, we prepare each student to acquire, construct and communicate meaning across all academic disciplines.
Hillsborough County Public Schools is committed to implementing a comprehensive literacy approach focused on increasing student achievement. Learning to read, write and communicate is a basic civil right of every child and lays the foundation of life-long learning. Reading provides children with the opportunities that will allow them to pursue desired careers, understand world events, and better understand their own personal connections to the world. Through our district's literacy vision and mission, we invite all of our literacy partners to learn more about what literacy is, what it can and should look like within the classrooms, and how it can be developed and encouraged outside the classroom.
By supporting our virtual book drive for supplemental classroom reading, you can make a difference!
Upcoming Literacy Celebrations
March 2, 2019: NEA’s Reading Across America (Dr. Suess’ birthday)
NEA’s Read Across America is an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading with the theme: Celebrating a Nation of Diverse Readers. Many schools, libraries, and communities of readers celebrate with an annual event on March 2nd, but NEA’s Read Across America also provides educators, parents, caregivers, and children the resources and activities they need to keep reading on the calendar 365 days a year.
April: National Poetry Month
April is National Poetry Month, 30 days of celebrating the joy, expressiveness, and pure delight of poetry. Learn more about National Poetry Month, get to know some of our most well loved children’s poets in our video interview series, browse the many online resources listed on the website, and visit your local library or bookstore to discover wonderful new books and anthologies. https://www.poets.org/national-poetry-month/home
April 12, 2019: D.E.A.R. Day
D.E.A.R. stands for “Drop Everything and Read,” a national celebration of reading designed to remind families to makes reading a priority activity in their lives. Reading Rockets is pleased to be a founding partner of National D.E.A.R. Day celebrated every year on April 12th. That’s the birth of beloved author Beverly Cleary, whose characters Ramona and older sister Beezus are now favorites of a new generation of readers. On this day, families are encouraged to take at least 30 minutes to put aside all distractions and enjoy books together. What will you be reading?
April 13, 2019: 39th Annual Tampa-Hillsborough County Storytelling Festival
Come and enjoy hearing the unique style of storytelling by nationally renowned, award-winning storyteller, Pat Nease. Pat will enthrall you with her telling style and ready wit as she tells personal stories and adaptations of old favorites. Other Festival Happenings: Youth storytellers, State and local adult tellers, strolling characters and performers, a Storybook Character Parade, Story Arts and Crafts, a Book Fair, and MORE!
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April 18, 2019: Poem in Your Pocket Day
Poem in Your Pocket Day 2019 is on April 18 and is part of National Poetry Month. On this day, select a poem, carry it with you, and share it with others at schools, bookstores, libraries, parks, workplaces, street corners, and on social media using the hashtag #pocketpoem