ReadQuest 2018

The true quest for literacy is not to reach a final destination, but to pursue a lifelong love of learning through reading. As ReadQuest® transitions from a one-day event to a year-long celebration, we continue to celebrate the power of reading and the places it takes us.

Download the toolkit below and prepare for an adventure. (It’s full of bookmarks, curated book lists, a calendar of awesome summer events, and a few other surprises to jumpstart the fun!)

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Summer Highlights

Short on reading ideas? Inspire students with fun celebrations each month. Take a look!

JULY HIGHLIGHTS

National Anti-Boredom Month

While the beginning of summer brings endless possibilities, boredom sometimes sets in during the middle stretch of the long summer months. National Anti-Boredom Month was created to fight just that.

02

JUL

ACTUAL INDEPENDENCE DAY?

Did you know today was when Congress voted for independence?

04

JUL

HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY

Fireworks have been part of Fourth of July celebrations since our very first Independence Day in 1776. See how fireworks work here.

07

JUL

NATIONAL HOP-A-PARK DAY

The perfect excuse to get off the couch and head to a local park. Check out these fun family activities.

10

JUL

NATIONAL CLERIHEW DAY

Today we honor Edmund Clerihew Bentley, who created a poem after thinking intently. You can make a Clerihew following these steps.

15–21

JUL

NATIONAL ZOOKEEPER WEEK

Did you ever wonder what it takes to be a zookeeper? Plan a trip to your local zoo and bust summer boredom.

28

JUL

NATIONAL WATERPARK DAY

Plan on visiting a water park or create your own water fun with these water game ideas.

AUGUST HIGHLIGHTS

National Family Fun Month

School is just around the corner! August is National Family Fun Month, so take some time to enjoy the long days with friends and family before heading back to class.

02

AUG

NATIONAL ICE CREAM SANDWICH DAY

I scream. You scream. We all scream for ice cream! Click here to learn more about this tasty treat.

03

AUG

THE NBA IS BORN

Did you know the National Basketball league is 69 years old today?

09

AUG

BOOK LOVER'S DAY

Today is the day to revisit your favorite book and share it with a friend. Click here to learn more.

12

AUG

"SUE" IS DISCOVERED

Who’s Sue? We'll give you a hint...She's more than 40 feet long, 13 feet tall at the hip, she has 58 dagger-like teeth, and lives in Chicago.

25

AUG

THE WIZARD OF OZ DEBUTS

Have you read The Wizard of Oz or just seen the movie? Get the family together and discuss differences in the book and movie following these suggestions.

29

AUG

ACCORDING TO HOYLE

Celebrate the birthday of Edmond Hoyle, the ultimate authority on board and card games.

SEPTEMBER HIGHLIGHTS

National Self-Improvement Month

Self-improvement: The improvement of one's own mind, body, character, etc. through one's own efforts. What do you want to improve about yourself? How will you do it? Take some time this month for some self-improvement.

03

SEPT

LABOR DAY

Celebrated on the first Monday of September each year, Labor Day honors the American labor movement.

06

SEPT

FIGHT PROCRASTINATION DAY

Do you suffer from chronic procrastination? It could have roots in more than just laziness.

10

SEPT

SWAP IDEAS DAY

Discussion and discourse are great ways to build vocabulary, explore ideas and concepts, and cultivate confidence. Click here to learn more.

25

SEPT

THE FIRST AMENDMENT IS PASSED

Think you know what it is? (We'll give you a hint...It makes ReadQuest possible!)

28

SEPT

ASK A STUPID QUESTION DAY

Today, challenge others to come up with the “dumbest” questions they can think of and document the amazing things you discover.

30

SEPT

INTERNATIONAL PODCAST DAY

“Hello and thanks for joining us this morning…” Learn more about International Podcast day and check out a few educator-approved podcasts from Edutopia.

OCTOBER HIGHLIGHTS

National Reading Group Month

National Reading Group Month celebrates reading--just like ReadQuest! Grab a book or article and celebrate reading with others.

05

OCT

DO SOMETHING NICE DAY

Take a moment to do something nice for someone. You never know, it might make their day!

09

OCT

MOLDY CHEESE DAY

Do you like to eat moldy cheese? Some people do! Click here to find books, facts, and ideas for this cheesy day.

15

OCT

NATIONAL GROUCH DAY

To celebrate National Grouch Day, explore the character traits of some famous grouches to decide if they’re truly mean or just misunderstood.

17

OCT

NATIONAL FOSSIL DAY

Did you know today is National Fossil Day? Learn more about paleontology and importance of preserving fossils for future generations.

23-31

OCT

WORLD SERIES BEGINS

Whether or not you’re a baseball fan, you can have fun this week with some World Series trivia. Click here to see some potential questions to ask during the fall classic.

31

OCT

HALLOWEEN

Read a classic story that’s been spookified. Then, spookify a classic on your own. Finally, check out reviews on some of our favorite Halloween classics from Goodreads.

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GIVEAWAY

Let’s celebrate this summer the right way—with books!

Psst. We’re giving away books this summer. For a chance to be picked, just click the button below to register and fill out the required information. We’ll choose winners randomly throughout the next few months.

GIVEAWAY

Let’s celebrate this summer the right way—with books!

Psst. We’re giving away books this summer. For a chance to be picked, just click the button below to register and fill out the required information. We’ll choose winners randomly throughout the next few months.

And, we’re live!

Each month, we’re hosting Facebook Live events to celebrate ReadQuest and provide updates. Tune in here or on the Renaissance Facebook page!

Missed our last Facebook Live event with the Madison Reading Project? Rewatch it here.

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Looking to start a conversation at home?

In the videos below, our Renaissance employees model how to discuss reading with students.