African-American History Month (February)
African-American History Month is the brainchild of Carter G. Woodson, and began as a celebration of Negro History Week in February of 1926. In 1976, the commemoration was extended to encompass the entire month of February, becoming known as African-American History Month.
Visit AdLit.org's African-American History Month page for ideas to connect this celebration with literacy instruction.
National Poetry Month (April)
National Poetry Month provides educators with an opportunity to include poetry in the curriculum and encourage students to explore and appreciate the achievement of American poets.
Visit Adlit.org's National Poetry Month page for ideas to help students develop a love of verse.
Teen Read Week (third week of October)
Teen Read Week was started in 1998 by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). It's a literacy initiative, held annually on the third week of October, encouraging teens to "read for the fun of it." The idea is to get teens excited about reading for pleasure, not just for one week a year, but for the rest of their lives.
Visit Adlit.org's Teen Read Week page for celebration ideas.