One Nation Reading Together is an annual event, conducted by Scholastic India on the last Friday of November, where children in schools across the country spend 20 minutes (preferably at 12 noon) reading for fun and participating in other activities that celebrate reading as a pleasurable and enriching experience.

Scholastic India was established in the year 1997, and since its inception, the organization has strived to foster the habit of reading and creating new readers. One Nation Reading Together (ONRT) is a step in this direction. Children in all the schools (that have registered) read the ‘reading pledge’ penned by renowned authors. After reading the pledge, children read from a book of their choice for the next 20 minutes. Last year, more than 1600 schools participated, and on ONRT day, more than 18 lakh students took the reading pledge and read together.

The 2018 reading pledge has been written by the celebrated award-winning author Paro Anand. The participating schools will receive reading kits comprising two reading pledge posters (in English and Hindi), two graffiti wall posters and a certificate.

There are many ways to celebrate reading!

Reading is all about fun. Some of the fun activities that the schools participate in during this event are:

  • Reading class-wise or letting the whole school read together
  • Reading any book that the students choose
  • Organizing short skits or dressing up as characters from books
  • Inviting an author or a local celebrity to read and celebrate the event with the entire school
  • Making bookmarks or designing book covers

This year, the event is scheduled for the 30th of November. Schools can register for ONRT by signing up on the website. Alternatively, they can get in touch with their Scholastic representative and sign up using the physical registration form.

(Scholastic India press release)

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