5 FREE Ways to Promote Literacy Week

When promoting a literacy event, choose an author, illustrator, or book that offers educational resources beyond the book. These activities are usually FREE for educators and parents on the author or publisher website. To promote literacy week, use one suggestion daily from the list below.

Day 1—Writing Contest: Choose writing prompts that discuss informational text used by the author. Have students create interview questions, answer these questions from an author’s perspective, or research the historical timeline of the author’s career.

Day 2—Drawing Contest: Art activities fall within most educators requirements. It’s a fun way to illustrate a book page, create a character, or express words through art.

Day 3—Reading Points:  AR reading points or a schools goals.

Day 4—Book Review:  Writing book reviews introduces students to sharing their perstpective. Have them write a review of their book and have parents post the reviews on Amazon or GoodReads for their children. This activity focuses on reading, writing, and internet skills.

Day 5—Book Trailer:  Use a smart phone, iPad, or digital device to create a book trailer of your classes’ favorite book. Animoto or similar programs.

Contest winners could win bookmarks, books, or lunch with the Author/Illustrator. Students could bring a lunch or the coordinator could host a lunch with the guest speaker. This is an opportunity for one-on-one questions and answers in a casual environment.

Meet Linda Smigaj, author of “Mayflower: Fly on the Wall Series”


Linda Smigaj, aka Professor Fuddy-Duddy, is a retired schoolteacher who taught elementary school for more than 34 years. She earned her Master of Arts in Speech and Drama, and is National Board Certified in Literacy. This is Linda’s first book in the Fly on the Wall series.

Linda currently lives in Jacksonville, Florida, with her husband Daniel. She has three grown sons, three grandchildren, one granddog, and two cats. Mayflower is her first picture book.

Linda’s website: www.flyonthewallseries.com
Linda Smigaj’s Facebook Page

Written by Linda Smigaj and Illustrated by Mark Wayne Adams
ISBN:  978-1-59616-034-7

Retail Price: $9.99