On March 2 our nation remembers beloved author Dr. Seuss, and celebrates his birthday and life with Read Across America Day.
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 from the National Education Association:
- Incorporate books and reading into everything you do on March 2. Start with a Suess-inspired breakfast of green eggs and ham, or try another Suess themed recipe.
- Read a different Dr. Seuss book each night the week of March 2.
- If your kids don’t have library cards, make it a goal to get one this week!
- Create a dedicated reading nook or corner in your home. A cozy, quiet space with a basket or shelf of books nearby.
- Talk to your kids on a regular basis not just about what they’re reading, but what you’re reading too, even if it’s just a magazine. What you like, what you dislike and what you hope to read next.
- Get a subscription in your child’s name to an age-appropriate magazine. Some good ones include Highlights, High Five and National Geographic for Kids.
- Provide a lot of different reading options for your family. As long as they are reading, it doesn’t matter if it’s a magazine, baseball cards, comic book or digital story.
- If your child is a reluctant reader, look into local programs where kids can read to dogs, often at the library. Reading to a dog offers a safe, comfortable and non-judgemental environment for reading.
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!
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