Reading Fair History and Purpose
The Mississippi Reading Fair originated at the Mississippi Department of Education in 1998. The purpose of the competition was to provide students in grades K-12 the opportunity to share their favorite fictional book through a project/storyboard display. With the implementation of the Mississippi College and Career Readiness Standards (MS CCRS) for English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects, a new emphasis has been placed on student mastery of the skills and concepts necessary to read complex texts at each grade level, write texts using evidence, and participate in collegial discussions about texts. MS CCRS also places value on reading both literary and informational texts. In support of the MS CCRS, the goal of the Mississippi Reading Fair is to enhance and encourage reading at all grade levels and to allow students to collaborate with their peers. As a result of participating in this process, students will experience a deeper enjoyment from reading and develop a lifelong love of reading.
There are three levels of competition: school, district, and regional. Only first place winners in each division proceed to the next round of competition. Over 1,400 students compete regionally each year. This is significant because these students represent the several thousands of students who compete at both the school and district levels. The Mississippi Department of Education strives to motivate all students to read as they soar towards excellence.
These guidelines have been established to create a uniform procedure and provide resources for school, district, and regional level reading fairs.
Reading Fair Guidelines