It’s funny. Even in this very fast-paced, technology driven world of ours, reading has never gone out of style. Perhaps the way we read has changed a little bit as many of us have adapted to life with a tablet, but no matter how the words are delivered, there is still nothing like curling up with a really good book. Introducing and teaching children about the joy found in books and reading is what national Read Across America day is all about!
For sixteen years running, the National Education Association has sponsored Read Across America Day, which will be commemorated with book fairs, read-a-longs or any number of other reading-centered events at a school or library near you! The excitement and genuine fun surrounding the events found as a part of Read Across America Day are specifically geared toward kids in order to get them enthused and motivated about books and reading. Increasing awareness and motivation when it comes to reading is proven to make a very positive difference for kids as the more kids read, the better their performance in school will eventually be.
Read Across America Day is appropriately celebrated on March 2, in honor of one of the greatest authors of children’s literature, Dr. Seuss, whose birthday falls on this day. This year because March 2nd falls on a Saturday, Read Across America is moved to this coming Friday, March 1st. Ask your local school or your child’s teacher about what fun and exciting activities may be in store for you and your child as many of these events you will definitely want to participate in!
Because of the Dr. Seuss connection to this special and unique reading event, it has become common in many locations for both kids and adults to dress up in appropriate costumes, actually becoming some of the more popular characters from Dr. Seuss’ children’s books. In particular, The Cat in the Hat character seems to reign supreme over Read Across America, this year being no different. The 2013 Read Across America theme is “Grab your Hat and Read with the Cat!” Be sure to check out our complete selection of “Cat in the Hat” hats, costumes and accessories that are going to be perfect for all your Read Across America dress up needs!
Starting kids very early in life with exposure to books and reading makes a huge difference to them later on when they begin school. Even as infants and toddlers, kids should be read to often, have books available to them that they can see and look at, as well as being continually exposed to and seeing others regularly reading around them. Having a reading-rich environment is a great way to start your child off on the right track when it comes to learning to read.
Read Across America is only one day of the year. Creating a love of books and reading is a gift you can give your child that will definitely last for a lifetime.