Monday, March 2, 2009

Celebrate Read Across America Day...All Week Long!

Grab Your Hat and Read with the Cat!

Today, March 2nd, is Read Across America Day, the nation's biggest read-in! Celebrated each year in honor of Dr. Seuss's birthday, it's a chance for families, schools, libraries, and communities to join together and celebrate reading.

The National Education Association annually sponsors Read Across America. Now in its twelfth year, the program focuses on motivating children to read, in addition to helping them master basic skills.

How can you join the fun?! Plan a reading event, and make it as simple or elaborate as time and inclination allow. Whether you choose to scale up or down, keep in mind the basic premise and it's almost sure to be a success. Find a good book and a cozy spot and read with your child!

For activities, book suggestions, and other resources to make reading special, please visit the National Education Association and Reading Rockets.
You may also want to check out the NCBLA's website, which provides additional treasure troves of articles and resources about reading and literacy, such as "Kids See, Kids Do: Become a Literacy Role Model" by children's author Mary Brigid Barrett and "Find the Right Book that Fits You: A guide for you to print and give children to help them find great books by themselves" by children's lit expert Stephanie Loer.

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