Read Me Day

What is Read Me Day?

Read Me Day is an annual celebration of literacy hosted at Title I elementary schools to highlight the importance of books and reading, create a memorable literacy experience for children, and provide community-wide support for our local schools and students. Read Me Day events are organized in partnership with Metro Nashville Public Schools.

History: Read Me Day was started in 1986 by Frankie DeWees, a teacher at East Hickman Elementary School in Lyles, Tennessee, to celebrate the importance of reading. The event was called “Read Me Day” because students, teachers, and visiting readers were invited to wear a shirt, cap, or pin with a message on it so the children could “read the reader.” Book’em has celebrated Read Me Day since 1990, growing the event from a single day into four celebrations hosted at different schools each year.

Volunteer Opportunities

Want to volunteer as a reader next year? Please complete our volunteer application and check "Read Me Day Reader" under areas of interest. If you are interested in volunteering for Read Me Day in other ways (event setup/cleanup, check-in assistance, photography, videography, etc.), please check "Special Event Volunteering." We will keep applications on file and reach out before Read Me Day events as needs arise. Sign up for our newsletter to stay in the loop about Read Me Day and other special events! Email Jocelyn Kirk at jocelyn@bookem-kids.org with questions or for more information.

Past special guests include...

  • Public figures such as mayors, judges, school board representatives, and Nashville city council members
  • Mascots such as Gnash (Nashville Predators), Booster the Rooster (Nashville Sounds), & Mr. Commodore (Vanderbilt University)
  • Beloved characters such as Spiderman, Rey from Star Wars, & an array of Disney princesses (courtesy of The Wishes Foundation)
  • Entertainers such as cheerleading squads and The GameMaster
  • Hometown heroes & career role models such as police officers, construction workers, authors & illustrators, chefs, news anchors, meteorologists, and so many more!
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