Inviting Guest Readers

Bringing guest readers into your school, virtually or in person, provides an opportunity to connect with community members and demonstrate the great things your students and staff are involved in. READ IN Week is a platform for your school to show off what makes you unique!


Who will you invite to READ IN?

  • Ask your students for their input. Who would they like to invite?
  • Who might spark student interest: an athlete, a politician, an author?
  • Are there any particular initiatives going on at your school or topics you are studying that might connect well with a particular guest?


Brainstorm an alphabet’s worth of potential guests! Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • Architect, artist, author, activist
  • Ballerina, baker, brother
  • Chef, carpenter, conductor
  • Doctor, designer, drummer
  • Engineer, environmentalist
  • Father, farmer, family
  • Grandparent, geologist
  • Hockey coach, helper
  • Inventor, ice skater
  • Juggler, journalist, judge
  • Kangaroo keeper, kinesiologist
  • Librarian, lifeguard, lawyer
  • Magician, mechanic, mother
  • New Canadian, news reporter
  • Orthodontist, ornithologist
  • Performer, politician, parent
  • Quilter, Queen (it’s worth a try!)
  • Radio host, referee
  • Scientist, singer, snowboarder
  • Traveler, television actor
  • Underground driller, umpire
  • Veterinarian, veteran
  • Welder, weaver, web developer
  • X-ray technician, xylophonist
  • Yak wrangler, Yo-yo champion
  • Zamboni driver, zoologist


Communicating with Guest Readers

  • Share details about the ages, group size and length of time allotted for the visit. This information is best communicated at least two weeks ahead of time to give your reader time to choose appropriate books if needed.


  • Ask if your guest plans to bring their own stories/books to share or if they would like the school to provide them. Some guests may be unsure about choosing books for particular age levels and appreciate your assistance. 


  • If your event is virtual, be sure to send your guest reader a link to the meeting ahead of time. It’s also a good idea to remind them of the process in case they lose connection (i.e. you will check in with them through email to see if they’re able to get back on).


  • If your event is in person, provide your guest with information about your location, available parking, where to check in once they’ve arrived and any health and safety protocols they need to observe. Ask if they need anything ahead of time, such as a chair or a glass of water.


  • Encourage your guest to tell students about the importance of reading in their own life and work.