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September 8 is International Literacy Day, a day celebrated for over 40 years to remind us that literacy is one of the most important tools of empowerment for all people. In other words, “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go” (Dr. Seuss, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!). Celebrate International Literacy Day and encourage a love of reading in your kids by reading a book with them and creating a bookworm to show off how many books you’ve read together!

Count the books you read with a bookworm.
Count the books you read with a bookworm.

What you need:

  • Construction Paper
  • Scissors
  • Scotch tape
  • Marker
  • Googly eyes (optional)

 Follow These Steps:

  1. Cut construction paper into approximately 2 inch strips
  2. For the head of the worm: tape the ends of one strip together to form a ring, then use your marker and/or googly eyes to make your worm’s face
  3. For your worm’s body: Every time you read a book with someone, write the title of the book on a strip of construction paper and loop it through the previous segment of the worm, taping the ends of the strip together to form a new ring.
  4. See how long you can make your worm by the end of the year!

Remember when The Princess Bride showed us how it's done?

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Molly Fincher

Molly writes stuff for Heifer International's website, magazine and blog.