The Mississippi Reading Fair originated at the Mississippi Department of Education in 1998. The purpose of the competition is to provide students in grades K-12 the opportunity to share their favorite fictional book through a storyboard display. The goal of the Reading Fair is to enhance and encourage reading at all grade levels and to allow students to collaborate with their peers.
There are four levels of competition: Level 1 – School, Level 2 – District, Level 3 – Regional, and Level 4 – State. Only first place winners in each division proceed to the next round of competition. Students' participation in the school and district reading fairs prepares them for the regional and state competitions.
Reading Fair Guidelines
The Mississippi Department of Education's Reading Fair Guides create a uniform procedure and provide resources for school, district, and regional level Reading Fairs. These resources must be used when submitting information for all levels of competition.
Guide for Reading Fair Coordinators
The coordinator guide includes Reading Fair categories, storyboard and digital presentation information, Reading Fair timeline, hosting a reading fair, judging procedures, and judging rubrics. This document contains student labels template, winner form, how to enter regional reading fair directions, sample agenda template, judging rubrics, and student forms.
Download the MDE Reading Fair Coordinator Guide (PDF).
Guide for Students, Teachers, and Parents
The student guide includes Reading Fair categories, storyboard and digital presentation information, Reading Fair timeline, graphic organizers, and step-by-step guides and project checklist each category. It is intended to be a resource for parents, students, and teachers.
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