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National Literacy Calendar

Literacy conferences, advocacy events, celebrations, and other literacy-related special days, around the United States (and sometimes, the world!).

Events below are listed for your convenience; Literacy Texas is not affiliated with all the organizations below and inclusion is not necessarily endorsement. We do our best to keep this page current, but all information should be independently verified.

May 2024

National Family Reading Month
Mental Health Awareness Month

6 – 10 | Teacher Appreciation Week

6 – 11 | Children’s Book Week – Spring

12 | National Limerick Day

17 | Nominations close for 2024 Annual Awards

27 | Memorial Day

June 2024

Immigrant Heritage Month
Audiobook Appreciation Month

3 | Expressions of Interest open for regional symposia in the 2024-25 grant year

5 | World Environment Day

14 | Gulf Coast Literacy Symposium (2023-24 grant year), Houston

July 2024

Immigrant Heritage Month

4 | Independence Day holiday (Thursday)

19 | Expressions of Interest close for regional symposia in the 2024-25 grant year

29 | Arrival and check-in for Literacy Texas Annual Conference; VIP reception

         Annual Survey closes

August 2023

International Peace Month
Gulf Coast Reads book announced
One Houston One Book continues through September

1Literacy Texas Annual Survey opens – tell us what you need!

12National Book Festival – Library of Congress (23rd annual)
        Texas Great Read books announced for children and adults

September 2023

National Literacy Month
Gulf Coast Reads book announced in September
Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 through October 15)
New symposium and training year begins for Literacy Texas

4 | Labor Day holiday

8 – 17Welcoming Week

19 | LitTX Online Core Training: Adult Learner Persistence 

21 | International Day of Peace

30 | International Translation Day

October 2023

Hispanic Heritage Month (ends October 15)
Health Literacy Month
Dyslexia Awareness Month
National Financial Planning Month
Emotional Wellness Month
Gulf Coast Reads – TX Gulf Coast region

1Gulf Coast Reads begins – 2023 book is The Fishermen and the Dragon by K. Wallace Johnson

5World Teachers Day

13International Plain Language Day

23 – 25Families Learning Conference, Omaha, NE

November 2023

Family Literacy Month
Native American Heritage Month
National Gratitude Month

1 | National Family Literacy Day

5Daylight Saving ends

6 – 12Children’s Book Week – fall

11 – 12Texas Book Festival, Austin, TX

23 | Thanksgiving

28 | Giving Tuesday

December 2023

International Human Rights Month

18 | International Migrants Day

31 | New Year’s Eve

January 2024

1 | New Year’s Day

18 | Coffee With Literacy Texas – meet the new Executive Director!

February 2024

Black History Month
National Library Lovers’ Month

3 | Digital Symposium: The Future of Adult Literacy, presented by Mayor’s Office for Adult Literacy (Houston, TX)

7 | World Read Aloud Day

14 – 17 | TALAE Conference, San Antonio

24 | South Texas Literacy Symposium (2023-24 grant year), Edinburg, TX

28 | National Science Day

March 2024

Read Aloud Month/Reading Awareness Month

Women’s History Month

2 | Read Across America Day (Dr. Seuss’ birthday)

    | Houston Reads Day

    | East Texas Literacy Symposium (2023-24 grant year), Longview, TX

4 | National Grammar Day

    | 2024 Literacy Texas Annual Award nominations open (close May 17)

4 – 7 | SXSW EDU, Austin, TX

13 – 15 | Nonprofit Technology Conference, Portland, OR

14 | National Write Your Story Day

17 – 20 | COABE National Conference, Nashville, TN

21 | World Poetry Day

21 – 23 | TESOL International Convention & Expo, Tampa, FL

April 2024

Volunteer Appreciation Month
National Financial Literacy Month
Mathematics Awareness Month
National Month of Hope

 2 | Children’s Book Day

 4 | National School Librarian Day

7 – 13 | National Library Week

10 | National Bookmobile Day

13 | National Scrabble Day

14 | D.E.A.R. – Drop Everything And Read Day (Beverly Cleary’s birthday)

15 | National Librarian Day

17 | National Haiku Poetry Day

22 | Earth Day

23 | UNESCO World Book Day

23 | National Talk Like Shakespeare Day

27 | Independent Bookstore Day

28 | National Great Poetry Reading Day

30 | “Día” – Children’s Day, Book Day/El día de los niños, el día de los libros

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To be considered for inclusion, events should:

  • Have a literacy focus, and
  • Take place in Texas (or have national significance).

Literacy Texas will make the final decision on which events to list in this calendar.

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