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6 of the Best International Literacy Day Resources for KS1 and KS2

Get ready to celebrate this incredible global event in your school come September...

  • 6 of the Best International Literacy Day Resources for KS1 and KS2

Something incredible happened in 1966. No, not that football thingy, UNESCO officially proclaimed 8 September to be International Literacy Day to actively promote literacy as an instrument to empower individuals, communities and societies.

The world may have changed in 51 years (we’re notably less good at that football thingy now) but the event still goes from strength to strength in order to provide everyone with the literacy skills to improve their lives, and collectively build a more-sustainable future for all.

As its name suggests International Literacy Day is celebrated worldwide, bringing together governments, organisations, communities, teachers and learners, awarding prizes to people with outstanding solutions that can drive literacy towards achieving the 2030 Education Agenda.

Make sure to follow #LiteracyDay on Twitter for updates and ideas, but first let’s look over a selection of resources to use in your classroom in the new school year.


Naturally, there are loads and loads and loads of great facts, figures and infographics on the UNESCO site. Facts and figures like this:


And this:

However, International Literacy Day is not just about revealing startling inequalities in literacy levels across the world, but about celebrating the progress made, which is why you’ll also find positive stats in things like this infographic:

Head to unesco.org for all this and more.

2 | Classic texts KS2 reading comprehension packs

These reading challenge mats provide a quick burst of comprehension practice, ideal for morning work, a short reading session or even sparking an interest in a classic text.

Each mat contains a brief extract from a classic text with a range of reading challenge questions focusing on the key reading skills of inference, information retrieval and the use of language.

There are three packs available, each of which use three classic texts. Click each link to find them:

  • Pack 1
    The Invisible Man by HG Wells, A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
  • Pack 2
    Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson, Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens and The Time Machine by HG Wells
  • Pack 3
    Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, Dracula by Bram Stoker and The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle

3 | Jamaica: Steps to Advance Literacy Activity Kit

Advance literacy in your classroom with this free activity kit, produced by Literacy Worldwide (where you can find loads more literary resources here) for last year’s 50th anniversary of International Literacy Day.

Help your students learn about another country and broaden their worldview with ILD activities that focus on Jamaica, with activities for all ages.

Check out the PDF here.

4 | International Literacy Day quiz

This online quiz features reading, writing and listening activities on grammar, spelling and vocabulary for a lesson on International Literacy Day.

As well as being available to do online, you can also download it as a PDF or a Word doc should you want to edit it for your students.

You’ll find all of that here.

5 | Laika: The First Dog In Space – Non-fiction and comprehension questions for KS2

This KS2 resource includes a non-fiction text on Laika – the first living creature to be sent into space, and can be used as part of a guided reading session or as homework.

It includes 12 comprehension questions covering the different reading skills of data retrieval, inference and the use of vocabulary to help boost students’ literacy ability.

Get it here.

6 | Literacy apps

LiteracyApps is a handy guide from the National Literacy Trust to help get the most out of apps that help young children (0-5) learn language and communication skills.

There’s information on how to choose the right apps, finding diverse apps and independent expert reviews.

Check out the full guide on the National Literacy Trust website here.

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