Celebrate International Literacy Day with One of These 25 Books that Made It to the Big Screen
September 8th marks International Literacy Day. The event, first celebrated in 1966, emphasizes the importance of reading and writing for children and adults. This year’s theme for the event is “literacy and sustainable societies”.
While some children and adults struggle with learning challenges that make reading more difficult, others haven’t discovered a love of reading. To help encourage a reluctant reader let your child pick what he or she wants to read. Graphic novels, comic books, magazines or joke books can be a good beginning. Non-fiction, sports stories or how-to manuals may appeal to some children more than novels. Help your children find subjects that interest them. Many libraries offer books with easier vocabulary aimed at older readers including non-native speakers. Some children will be more eager to read if they can use an electronic device. Many children’s books are now available in e-book format.
Read to your child often. Books, newspapers, magazines, road signs and to-do lists are all things children can practice reading. Many children want to read the same book over and over. While that can sometimes feel monotonous to a parent, re-reading books helps children recognize words, sentence structure and story line and will eventually help them read the book on their own. As well, reading to your child helps improve vocabulary. Use a dictionary to help them look up words they don’t understand.
Leave notes for your children. Encourage them to write letters or notes to you. Invite other family members or friends to send letters, cards or texts to your child. And remember the importance of being a role model when it comes to reading.
Do you have a reluctant reader who loves movies? Encourage her or him to find a book that has been made into a movie. Read the book first then watch the movie and talk about the things that were different or the same. Encourage your child to write a movie script for one of his or her favorite books
To get you started here are 25 books that made their way to the big screen.
How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell
Mary Poppins by P. L. Travers
Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White
The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis
Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett
Stuart Little by E. B. White
Winnie the Pooh by A. A. Milne
Ramona and Beezus by Beverly Cleary
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg
The Sword and the Stone by T. H. White
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans
Bridge to Terabithia by Donna Diamond and Katherine Paterson
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
Horton Hears a Who! by Dr. Seuss
Old Yeller by Fred Gipson
Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne
Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightening Thief by Rick Riodan
Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh
Holes by Louis Sacharnn
Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unforunate Events by Daniel Handler
Curious George by H.A. and Margret Rey