Norwood's first Literature Fest, held April 3 through April 10, will celebrate books, poetry, and our love of reading in a variety of fun ways: mini libraries in both entrances, three visiting authors, Poetry Day, and more! Check out the line-up of events and activities.
April 3 BRING A BOOK/TAKE A BOOK Literature Fest kicks off with mini libraries set up in the lower school and middle school entrances. Shelves will be available for students, faculty, staff, and parents to exchange a book they are no longer reading for a book someone else has left—much like a Little Free Library! Our mini libraries will available throughout Literature Fest. Any leftover books will be donated.
April 4 POEM IN YOUR POCKET DAY Get ready for Poetry Day, a longstanding tradition in Norwood’s sixth grade, on April 5 by bringing a favorite poem to school to share with friends, teachers, and staff. If you forget to bring a poem, no problem! You can pick one up in either library.
April 5 POETRY DAY From 8:30 a.m. until 9:30 a.m., sixth graders will be stationed throughout the School, ready to recite a favorite poem at the push of a button! Stroll through the Marriott All-Purpose Room, Lower School Library, 5/6 hallway, Cohen Common Room, Marsh Gym, and a few other locations and enjoy some wonderful poem recitations—many with costumes and special props.
April 8 VISITING AUTHORS DAY Jacqueline Jules has written over 20 books for children, including her Zapato Power series and Feathers for Peacock, and we are thrilled to have her at Norwood to meet with students in grades PK-2. Additionally, Katherine Marsh, author of Nowhere Boy, The Night Tourist, The Door by the Staircase, and others, will be here to meet with middle school students.
April 9 EXTENDED DEAR Lower school students will enjoy extended DEAR (Drop Everything And Read)—except for first graders, who will be busy with performing in their spring program, Bugs! Students in grades, PK, K, 2, 3, and 4 should bring a favorite book to school—or borrow one from the mini library in the lower school entrance!
April 10 ANOTHER VISITING AUTHOR DAY! We are excited to welcome Patricia Polacco to Norwood on the last day of Literacy Fest Week to meet with students in grades 2-4. Ms. Polacco has written and illustrated more than 115 books for children, including Just Plain Fancy, The Lemonade Club, Chicken Sunday, and Thank You, Mr. Falker.
Located in Bethesda, MD, Norwood School develops students in grades PK-8 into confident lifelong learners who have the academic, character, and leadership skills to succeed in high school and beyond. Recognizing that children are multi-faceted, Norwood provides many opportunities for safe risk-taking, exploration, discovery, and growth in a nurturing, supportive, and inclusive school community.