Last updated on May 16, 2017 at 02:40 pm
Get ready to celebrate! March 2 is the National Education Association’s annual celebration of Read Across America Day. It also happens to be the birthday of beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss.
What’s it all about?
The purpose of Read Across America Day is motivating children to read. It’s an important factor in student achievement and creating lifelong successful readers. Plus, research has shown that children who are motivated and spend more time reading do better in school.
In the beginning…
The largest celebration of reading in the country began with a small reading task force at NEA back in 1997. The task force wanted to create a day that celebrated reading but also got kids excited about reading, too. It was only natural the day would be celebrated on Dr. Seuss’ birthday and on March 2, 1998, the first Read Across America Day was observed.
Read Across America Sponsors
The NEA sponsors and spearheads the program with support from more than 50 national nonprofit and association partners. Locally, everyone is invited to host events to celebrate and promote children’s reading — from schools to libraries, community centers, churches to hospitals and bookstores!
Contact your local school, NEA local association, library, bookstore, or local chapter of NEA’s Read Across America partner organizations about events that are taking place in your community. Interested in hosting your own local event? Visit NEA’s website for information, ideas and resources!
If your children or students aren’t excited about reading, try these tips:
- Let them explore and choose. There’s nothing worse than reading something that doesn’t interest you. So let them wander around a library and really find something that interests them, whether it’s a book on sports statistics, a comic book or even War and Peace!
- Make it a priority. Try swapping out a chore or task with reading and make sure dedicated time is set aside.
- Say “yes!” Don’t tell them a book is too hard or too easy. If they want to read, let them! The more kids read the better readers they’ll become.
What were some books that got you interested in reading? Plymouth Rock in NJ wants to know. Tell us in the comments below!