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Area schools celebrate Childrens Book Week
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What a difference a good book can make, especially for a child.

In 1913, Boy Scouts of America librarian Franklin Matthiews recognized how important literature was to the development of children, and it was his idea to celebrate children’s literature.

Good Book Week first was held in 1919 and evolved in 1944 to become Children’s Book Week.

The Children’s Book Council held the annual event in November until 2008, when it was moved to May. The celebration is the longest-running literacy celebration in the United States.

Many of the schools in Liberty County continue to celebrate children’s literature in November. Lyman Hall Elementary, on the other hand, will celebrate in May.

Participating schools are celebrating this week with various activities designed to get kids talking about their favorite books and characters.

Children’s Book Week schedule of events


Liberty County Pre-K Center

• Classes are decorating pumpkins to represent their favorite storybook characters.

• Each classroom is decorating its door to illustrate its favorite book.

• Each day of the week begins a fun dress-down focus.

o Nov. 13- Wear red, white, and blue to show your patriot pride for books!

o Nov. 14- Dress in your mismatched clothes to show you are Wacky Tacky for books!

o Nov. 15- Team up with a good book and dress in your favorite sports attire. Athletes from both high schools will be coming to read!

o Nov. 16- Dress as your favorite book character and get ready to go on a parade to the Board of Education!


Button Gwinnett Elementary

• Each classroom will decorate their door to compete for dress-down days!

• Students are challenged to earn 100% on 400 Accelerated Reader quizzes during the week to earn a dress down day.

• The media center will hold a trivia contest.

• Third grade students will present their Reading Fair projects Nov. 16 in the lunchroom.

• Each day of the week beings a fun dress down focus.

o Nov. 13- Wear camouflage to get lost in a good book.

o Nov. 14- Wear cozy pajamas and curl up to listen to a special guest reader!

o Nov. 15- Wear your hair as craaaazy as you can to

celebrate “hair raising” success with Accelerated Reader!

o Nov. 16- Dress as your favorite book character and join the Book Character Parade at 8:30AM.


Frank Long Elementary

• Each classroom will be working to win the Accelerated Reader points and percentage goal for the week. Classrooms that make their goals will celebrate Friday with a movie.

• Each day of the week beings a fun dress down focus.

o Nov. 13- Wear crazy socks to show you are crazy about books!

o Nov. 14- Wear pajamas to the Read’in Lock’in and enjoy the special guest author visit! (Remember to follow the Children’s Book Week dress code.)

o Nov. 15- Show it is cool to be a good reader and wear your shades to school.

o Nov. 16- Wear your favorite hat to school because it is Hat’s Off to Reading Day!


Jordye Bacon Elementary

• During the weeklong celebration, the top Accelerated Reader point earners in each grade level with an 85% average will earn a special lunch in the Media Center with their teacher!

• Each class is challenged to earn the most AR points and maintain an average of 80% during the week to earn a special treat party!

• Each day of the week beings a fun dress down focus.

o Nov. 13- Wear your favorite sports’ team attire to Team Up with a Good Book!

o Nov. 14- Wear camouflage because you Can’t Hide your Love for Reading!

o Nov. 15- Wear your favorite hat to celebrate Hat’s Off to Reading Day!

o Nov. 16- Dress up in what you would like to be when you grow up to celebrate Oh, the Places You Will Go with a Great Book!


Joseph Martin Elementary

• Remember to attend the Children’s Book Festival in Savannah November 10th!

• Students in grade 3-5 will be buddy reading with students in grades K-2 during the week.

• Students listen for the morning book trivia questions each morning on the JME News!

• Each day of the week beings a fun dress down focus.

o Nov. 13- Wear your craziest socks to celebrate Sock it to Me

with a Good Book Day!

o Nov. 14.- Wear your favorite hat to celebrate Hats Off to Books Day!

o Nov. 15- Wear camouflage and get lost in a good book! Michael White, children’s book illustrator, will inspire students during his class presentation!

o Nov. 16- Dress as your favorite storybook character for the annual school parade!


Liberty Elementary

• Students will be challenged to read 5,000 books during the week. If the goal can be met, Mr. Anderson, the LE principal, will dress up like a turkey!

• Each hallway will be competing to see who can earn the most 100% scores on Accelerated Reader quizzes. Each 100% will earn the hallway a feather for their hallway turkey! Who will earn the most feathers for a dress down day?

• Students will grab their favorite book and join the reading train Nov. 13. 

• Come to school dressed as your favorite book character Nov. 15.

• Students will gather together at the school-wide Don’t be a Turkey- READ! Assembly Nov. 16.


Taylors Creek Elementary

• Students will be working hard to earn 1,000 Accelerated Reader points by Thursday to have a Reading Rally Nov. 16.

• Each day of the week beings a fun dress down focus.

o Nov. 13- Wear your shades to show you are too cool with books!

o Nov. 14- Fix your hair as crazy as you can for We’re WILD about Books Day!

o Nov. 15- Come to school dressed as your favorite book character.


Waldo Pafford Elementary

• Remember to visit the Savannah Children’s Book Festival Nov. 10 at Forsyth Park!

• Come to school Nov. 13 with your hat to celebrate “Hats off to Books!” You will earn double Accelerated Reader money when you pass a quiz.

• Get ready to “Read and Relax” Nov. 14 because everyone is wearing pajamas and slippers to do fun reading center activities.

Parents are encouraged to sign up to be a guest reader! Please contact Mrs. Lee in the media center (912) 877-4916 or your classroom teacher. (Street shoes must be worn to and from school).

• Wear your camouflage Nov. 15 and get “Lost in a Good Book!” Get ready to say, “I love AR” when you pass a quiz to earn TRIPLE AR money!

• Nov. 16 will be the Book Character Parade! Make sure to dress as your favorite character and bring your book to walk in the parade!

• At 1:15PM Nov. 16- Waldo Pafford will welcome the Long County Walker Middle School Cheerleaders to lead the school in a Reading Rally! Then the race is on! The class in each grade that

has earned the most 100%’s on their Accelerated Reader quizzes from Nov. 13 to Nov. 15 will get to see their teachers compete in a scooter race across the gym!


Lewis Frasier Middle School

• School staff and students will be sharing book reviews on the morning LFMS News all week!

• Students will have the chance to create new book covers for their favorite books and join the poster contest! Winning covers will be converted to wall posters and displayed in the media center.


Midway Middle School

• Students will enjoy a visit from local author D.M. Paul, courtesy of the Live Oak Public Library!

• Students will participate in a community read featuring Ninth Ward by Jewell Rhodes, courtesy of Share Our Books. Org.


Snelson Golden Middle School

• Students will participate in the Guess Who Was Caught Reading? Contest throughout the week.

• Nov. 15 students will want to create a sash illustrating their favorite book and wear it to school!


Get ready for a week full of fun and good books!

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