You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child.
~ Dr. Seuss
“NEA’s Read Across America Day is a nationwide reading celebration that takes place annually on March 2—Dr. Seuss’s birthday. Across the country, thousands of schools, libraries, and community centers participate by bringing together kids, teens, and books, and you can too! Incorporate these guides and activities to celebrate reading with young people.”
Read Across America doesn’t just instill the love of learning and reading, it is a memorable day filled with Cat in The Hat activities. When I was teaching full time in the classroom, my students loved this day because it was filled with a storybook character parade, silly Seuss activities, a Read-A-Thon, and so much more. They loved the Read-A-Thon because they got to wear their pajamas to school and read books any where in the room. They snuggled up with a cozy blanket they brought from home and read books of their choice. This event is sure to conjure up warm fuzzy memories.
Plan a celebration today. Click here for all the details.
Visit Seussville for printable activities like word searches and so much more. I just love this site. It is so fun and educational.
I just love this free, downloadable Read Across America calendar filled with reading activities for the entire year. They are so simple to implement into your daily routine because they are on the calendar.
NEA’s Declaration of Reading Independence is something I love to support.
NEA’s Declaration of Reading Independence
We hold this truth to be self evident that all children have
the right to read. If we don’t secure this right, too many of
our children are likely to lead lives of quiet,
or not so quiet, despair.
To secure this right, every adult has a role to play.
As people who teach America’s children, we will craft our lessons
carefully. As parents, we will show our children a quieter,
more meaningful way. As members of the American family,
we will care for other people’s children as our own.
On this day of fireworks and fun, we pause to dream
ABCs before they come to school. We dream of a day when
all third graders are reading to learn rather than learning to read.
We dream of a day when every American teenager
knows the joy of being swept away by the powerful prose
of a good book.
And so, we the people who teach America’s children
do solemnly swear that we will not rest until our children
are the best readers in the world.
As a first step toward this goal, we hereby commit
to celebrate reading March 2nd, the birthday of Dr. Seuss,
the man whose poetry and play has
led so many children to reading independence.
By Anita Merina
How do you celebrate reading?
Let’s make a positive difference~ one word at a time.
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Sources: seussville.com, nea.org