Category Archives: Free Stuff

Read Local Challenge MD/VA

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Attention Teachers, Librarians, Homeschoolers, and Readers: The READ LOCAL CHALLENGE is underway!

We invite all schools, libraries, homeschool groups, scout troops … groups of any size to join us! Take the challenge to read as many books for preschool through elementary school students from participating local authors/illustrators as you can by April 30, for a chance to win fabulous prizes, such as signed books and free Skype visits with one of our Read Local authors or illustrators. All materials are available for download at http://mddewv.scbwi.org/read-local/

This program was designed to be as easy as possible for teachers and library staff – so SCBWI is handling all the prize distribution, coordination, etc. All we ask schools and libraries to do is help spread the word and make program materials available! All the participating authors and illustrators are also offering discounts on their school and library visits if you mention the Read Local program.

March 2 is Read Captions Across America Day

So you probably knew that March 2 was Read Across America Day – but did you also know that it is Read Captions Across America Day?

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Lead by the Described and Captioned Media Program, Read Captions Across America (RCAA) is held in conjunction with the National Education Association’s (NEA) Read Across America event every year on or around March 2, the birthday of beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss.

The purpose of Read Captions Across America is to raise awareness—particularly among children and their parents and teachers—that video-based media can be just as effective at encouraging and fostering reading skills as books, as long as captions are always turned on!

Order a FREE toolkit, including posters, bookmarks, and certificates here.

Additionally, DCMP members are eligible to receive a free Dr. Seuss DVD as part of this campaign. Find out if you are eligible for a free membership here.