Celebrate Reading on "Read Across America" Day

  • February 27, 2017
  • Jenna Maxwell

This Thursday, March 2nd will mark a genuinely fun and fantastic day in our country--it's time to show some love for the once a year celebration known as "Read Across America!" 2017 will pay homage to the 20th anniversary of this unique festivity, and with well over 45 million readers anxious to participate, there is no time like the present for everyone to get involved. "Read Across America" promises to be a truly exciting event, with all the hullabaloo and hoopla of the event focused on just one thing: getting kids excited about reading!

Back in late 1997, the National Education Association, or NEA, came up with an excellent idea to have a special day specifically designed to celebrate reading. That was the point in which a very simple concept became the NEA's biggest celebration, known as," Read Across America." In 1998, March 2nd became the date of the first Read Across America celebration. This date was special as it was also the birthday of one of the most beloved children's book authors of all time, Dr. Seuss. A wonderful tradition was born!

During the days surrounding March 2, Read Across America events will span the entire nation. More likely than not, some of these exciting book-centered functions will be happening somewhere near you. During "Read Across America," everyone gets involved in promoting reading. Teachers, higher education faculty members, and administrators all will have a role in "Read Across America." Educators know the critical importance of reading and the tremendous impact it can have on a child's life. Kids who read are smarter, have a greater vocabulary and also have a greater imagination and sense of the world around them. Additionally, parents who read to their kids are forming a unique bond of trust with their children. For all these reasons and much more, on "Read Across America" day you can expect to see millions of kids, parents, teachers, librarians, local politicians, and even a few celebrities all out there making a strong case for literacy, books and of course, reading. Now, what's not to love about that?

Getting involved in the "Read Across America" festivities is easy. Your local school, library or community center is likely holding various events designed specifically to mark this unique and extraordinary day. Parties, book fairs, book readings and dress up days are just some of the activities that will be on tap. The whole idea of "Read Across America" is to make books and reading fun. Thus you should not be surprised to see folks wearing Cat in the Hat-style red and white striped hats or even be alarmed if the school cafeteria is serving up green eggs and ham. On "Read Across America" day all these things are considered normal! The most logical way to get into the spirit of "Read Across America" day is simply to read to a child--not just on March 2, but every day!

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