National Open the Magic! Day 2021
National Open the Magic Day celebrates read alouds, picture books, the love of reading, and students who struggle to find their reading voice. Every year on September 25th, teachers and parents worldwide read a picture book (or many!) to celebrate Open the Magic. The day reminds us that picture books are for everyone and allows them to have a confetti moment!
What are confetti moments? A confetti moment is when a child or adult relates to a point in a story that brings them great joy and a place where they belong. Everyone from two to one hundred two enjoys picture books! And everyone has a confetti moment waiting when you Open the Magic.
National Open the Magic Day is also a reminder to thank the parents and teachers who do everything they can to help children become who they were meant to be. Every day they work together to give children the gift of reading. Their gift also helps to build a safe place for every child to feel loved.
At 11 am: Marcie Colleen, author of Survivor Tree
HOW TO OBSERVE #OpenTheMagicDay
On September 25th and every day, Open the Magic! There are so many ways to bring the gift of reading and enjoy those confetti moments.
- Read the OPEN THE MAGIC picture books of the year.
- Read your favorite picture book to your class or child.
- Invite authors virtually to your classroom.
- Have your school get involved and do a school read aloud.
- Create a themed meal around a favorite picture book.
Share your celebration using #OpenTheMagicDay on social media. Never give up on your students. Every single one has magic in their hearts. Be the teacher or parent who says, “Open The Magic!”
On this special day, ONCE UPON A TIME will have a special, festive table with each of the picture books that have been chosen as OPEN THE MAGIC! picture books for 2021 along with activities & special guests in attendance.
Author Marcie Colleen will be signing at 11 am!
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This utterly charming debut by Julie Abe will win the hearts of young readers and parents alike with its tale of a semi-magical witch sent on a quest to earn her Novice Witch rank. With a “wink” to angel Clarence of It’s A Wonderful Life, who was sent to earth to get his wings, Abe’s young Eva Evergreen has her mission “to always do good”, for her adopted village of Auteri and to guard and protect the village from the all-dreaded Culling. With only a minimal amount of magic in her arsenal, she uses her strong mechanical and repair abilities to make up for what she lacks in powerful magic. Eva calls on her new found friends of Auteri in this race-to-the-finish adventure that has more story left to tell. This will be one terrific real aloud as well as an accessible tale to delight newly independent readers. Julie Abe is an author to watch!