Start Your Child’s New Year with the 2021 Early Literacy Activities Printable Calendar!

Each month, print out these bright and colorful activity-packed calendars and share them with your library’s families. Based on the Every Child Ready to Read® practices of reading, writing, singing, talking, playing (and now counting), each download contains twelve months of learning activities, book lists, nursery rhymes, and more. On one side is a calendar with a fun skills-building activity for each day, and the other contains supplementary content like nursery rhymes, early literacy tips, song lyrics, or suggested reading material.

Select a month below or get all 12 months in one PDF HERE.

January 2021February 2021March 2021
April 2021May 2021June 2021
July 2021August 2021September 2021
October 2021November 2021December 2021

The calendar was created by the Public Library Association. For more information on Early Childhood Literacy, visit

“According to the National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES), 21 percent of adults in the United States (about 43 million) fall into the illiterate/functionally illiterate category. Nearly two-thirds of fourth graders read below grade level, and the same number graduate from high school still reading below grade level. This puts the United States well behind several other countries in the world, including Japan, all the Scandinavian countries, Canada, the Republic of Korea, and the UK.”

How Serious Is America’s Literacy Problem? by Amy Rea

This article published in Library Journal, How Serious Is America’s Literacy Problem? by Amy Rea from April 29, 2020 was delivered to my email today, and it gives the statistics for literacy in the United States. After clicking the link, scroll down – an overlay will appear that indicates you need to subscribe or login, but you don’t have to; scroll to read the article.

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