Read Across America Day, Celebrating the Gift of Reading
Read Across America Day, aka “Dr. Seuss Day,” is a day of motivating our children to read.
This holiday established by the NEA (National Education Association) launched this initiative on reading in 1997 to encourage children to not only read more books, but to be excited about reading. On March 2, 1998, also the birthday of Dr. Seuss, the first Read Across America Day was celebrated and has since then been held annually.
The NEA has a wonderful website packed full of resources including ideas on ways to celebrate with stories, book clubs for all ages, and age-appropriate titles to nudge our children into the love of reading.
There are so many benefits of reading to our children, including helping them develop skills in language, listening and comprehension; not to mention stimulating their imaginations.
So grab a handful of your favorite books and let’s celebrate this worthy cause! On March 2, 1998, also the birthday of Dr. Seuss, the first Read Across America Day was celebrated and has since then been held annually.