ReadOK | Reading to Celebrate Oklahoma’s 106th birthday

Children in pre-kindergarten through fifth grade from all Oklahoma schools are invited to attend the State Department of Education’s ReadOK, a reading event to coincide with Oklahoma’s 106th birthday.

Reading is one of the foundational skills for all learning. We want to give all Oklahoma elementary students a reason to celebrate reading. We hope you will join us for this incredible event.


Oklahoma authors and other dignitaries will read books. Other entertainment also is planned, including carnival-type games, face painting, and a giant birthday cake to celebrate Oklahoma’s birthday.

  • Face painters
  • OETA mascots: Clifford, Super Why and Princess Presto
  • OKC Barons mascots, Derrick and Bit
  • Oklahoma Children’s Theatre: variety of book characters
  • Book authors: Geri Gilstrap (Big Green and Little Red), Saundra Arnold (My Friend Isaac), Sandra Lawson (The Best Baker in the World!)
  • Other books will be read by storybook characters such as Madeline and Amelia Bedelia

When and Where?

November 15 icon9:30 to 11:30 a.m., November 15, 2013 on the grounds of the State Capitol (north side). (The event will be moved inside the Capitol if the weather is bad.) 

Additional Information and Bus Parking Map



Educators, please click here to register to attend this free event.

Schools are welcome to bring sack lunches to enjoy on the Capitol lawn following the event.

Regional ReadOK Events

For those schools not able to make the trip to the Capitol, the State Department of Education's REAC3H Coaches will be helping to organize additional reading events throughout the state. Please check back here on this page for upcoming ReadOK events in your area.

Location Date Time Activity/Information Contact    
North Rock Creek School
Shawnee, OK
Nov. 15 8:30 am - 2 pm Pre-K to 5th Grade Students
Guest readers will read their favorite children's book to Prek-5th grade classes.  At the end of the day, all classes will have a popcorn snack to celebrate their exhilarating day of reading!
Patricia Brown
(405) 585-8809
Pawnee Bill Ranch
Pawnee, OK
Nov.15 9:30  - 11:30 am Please Register!
3rd Grade Students
Readers bring to life some of the "Oklahoma" characters students study. Students will have the opportunity to hear excerpts from a variety of books about Oklahoma and Oklahomans!
Pavillion available for sack lunches.
Jackie Young and Melody Aufill
(918) 225-9245
McCalester, OK Nov. 15 all day Children will receive a free book.  Book exchange, which encourages students to trade in their used books to receive a different book. Lisa Mitchell,
(918) 424-0290
Tipton Elementary, Tipton, OK Nov. 12-15 all day Various books; spell the word READ with their bodies in football field; reading in their pajamas; Secondary students reading to elementary students; Character Parade (dress up like their favorite character in a book) Amy Ferris,
(580) 667-5268
Altus, OK Nov. 14-15 all day Thursday: Reading contest, readings by Oklahoma authors.  Friday: Oklahoma Pride Day reading activities Cheryl Anderson,
(580) 481-2185
Muskogee, OK Elementary Schools Nov. 15 9 am - 3 pm 3rd grade student reading activities Ginger Knight and Debbie Dennis,
(918) 685-0919
Irving Elementary School, Muskogee, OK Nov. 15 8:30 - 3 pm Irving Elementary is planning on having guest readers all day long.  Including high school students, police officers and firefighters, the Mayor of Muskogee, and many more.  They will also have birthday cake! Julie Grober,
(918) 684-3840
Benjamin Franklin Science Academy, Muskogee, OK Nov. 15 8 - 11 am Benjamin Franklin Science Academy will have Breakfast with Parents event.  Parents will come to the school to eat breakfast and read books to the students.  REAC3H Coaches Ginger Knight and Debbie Dennis will be there at 10:00 to read to the 3rd grade students.  The school also is planning a book give away. Linda Rhodes,
(918) 684-3870
Checotah Intermediate School, Checotah, OK Nov. 15 9 - 11 am Checotah High School football players and cheerleaders will come to Checotah Intermediate School to read to the 3rd - 5th grade students.  The event will end with a special Oklahoma Birthday treat. Carol Brinsfield,
(918) 473-2384
Dewey Elementary, Dewey, OK Nov. 15 8:45 am Oklahoma Rising sing, Native American dancing, powerpoint of famous Oklahomans.  At 2:15 each classroom/grade level will have a birthday party to celebrate Oklahoma's birthday and then have a guest reader read a book. Jerri Moore,
(918) 534-3800
Geary Elementary, Geary, OK Nov. 15 8 am- 3 pm Readings done by community members, book character dress-up, door decorations, book cover redesign, book character research and various activities planned Debra Shelton,
(405) 884-2447
Thomas Elementary, Thomas, OK Nov. 15 9:30-
11:30 am
Older kids reading to the younger kids, Drop Everything and Read Leesa Brandly,
(580) 661-3521
Edison Elementary, Bristow, OK Nov. 15 1:30 pm All activities are focused on a western theme. Kristi Ernst,
(918) 633-4081
Collins Elementary
Bristow, Oklahoma
Nov. 15 11:30 am -1 pm 3rd Grade reading activities Teresa Barnett,
(918) 367-5551
Bradley Elementary,
Drumright, Oklahoma
Nov. 15 8:30 am Bradley Elementary has chosen to create their own celebration of Oklahoma's 106th birthday. Tara Osterhout,
(918) 352-9519
Hugo Elementary School
Hugo, OK
Nov. 15 8 am KTC students and the community reading to Hugo Elementary students. Pioneer Days in Oklahoma will be respresented by costumes and attire from the old west. Food and activities revolving around Oklahoma's 106th Birthday Celebration.

Mary Maxwell,
(580) 579-4263

Watonga, OK Nov. 15 9:30 am Students in 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grades will be celebrating ReadOK throughout the day. They have invited members of the community to come read to children during this time. Jeanne Karns,
(580) 623-5248
Canton, OK Nov. 15 1:30 pm Community members read to our students and celebrating with cake for our students. Hitchcock performers presenting a western program. Shelia Gilchrist,
(580) 886-2256

For more information, please contact the State Department of Education’s Events Office at or 405-521-4893.


Last updated on November 15, 2013