We’ve all seen the bumper sticker that reads, “If you can read this, thank a teacher!” Passion for reading as well as the love of books is something many of us have and can probably trace back at some point to a dedicated teacher or two. On March 2nd, 2011 the National Education Association is once again sponsoring an event that encourages both the love of books and reading. “Read Across America” day is designed to get both kids and adults excited about the joy found in reading. This special day takes place (not accidentally of course) on Dr. Seuss’ birthday. Dr. Seuss is obviously one of the most beloved authors of children’s books. Many of the unique characters from his books are so memorable that they are forever imprinted on our minds. Who could ever forget the quirky Cat In The Hat? Celebrating Dr. Seuss’ birthday with an event that encourages children to read is not only a perfect combination but it also serves a very noble purpose.
A “Read Across America” event is soon likely to find its way to a library or school near you! Nearly 3.2 million elementary and secondary school teachers will be participating in this event as it is a great opportunity to amp up kid’s enthusiasm about books and get them excited about reading them as well. This year’s theme is deemed “Serve Up A Good Book.” Book fairs as well as “read aloud” events will be held in schools as well as libraries. Kids all over the country will be making pledges to commit themselves to reading goals as well. Learning to read is one of the most important things a child will ever learn to do. Encouraging even very young readers through fun events in your local community will inspire and motivate kids to learn about the world through books.
“Read Across America” not only honors Dr. Seuss and his characters, but other book characters will obviously be brought to light this day as well. You can wear your big striped hat and read with the Cat–or you may be equally as excited recreating another book character as part of your “Read Across American” fun. The important thing is to instill a desire to read amongst the young–as well as the not so young that will hopefully last a lifetime. When you can read a book your imagination can take you anywhere!
To help you get motivated, Halloween Express is sponsoring a contest targeted to schools, students and parents of school age children. Just send us your story on how you and/or your school celebrate Read Across Amerca and you can win $100 or $50 plus costume discounts for your school. CLICK HERE to learn more.