On March 2 our nation remembers a beloved author, Dr. Seuss, and celebrates his birthday and life in a very appropriate day – Read Across America Day (celebrated this year on March 3).
Every year students, teachers and families across America come together to promote reading and books, with special events, book fairs and by making reading pledges. How can your family participate? Here are some ideas, courtesy of the National Education Association:
- Spread the word about Read Across America Day, and hang these free posters that promote it at your school.
- Bring books and reading into everything you do on March 3. Start with a grand breakfast of green eggs and ham! Or try another Seuss-inspired recipe.
- Dr. Seuss would have turned 110 this year. Celebrate by picking a few Dr. Seuss books out to read each night the week of March 3.
- Talk with your kids about why reading is so important, and have everyone in the family take the Reading Oath.
- If you haven’t yet, go to your local library and get your child a library card. And use it!
- Create a reading nook or corner in your home. A cozy, quiet space in your home with a basket or shelf of books nearby.
- Talk to your kids frequently not just about what they’re reading, but what you’re reading too! What you like, what you dislike and what you hope to read next.
The day doesn’t need to be a huge celebration or take a lot of your time, but it’s a great excuse to connect with your child over a book. Have fun with it!
Read Across America Logo: Copyright TM & © 1997 Dr. Seuss Enterprises, L.P. and NEA. Cat in the Hat image TM & © 1957 Dr. Seuss Enterprises, L.P. All Rights Reserved.