Read Across America – Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

Reading to children at a young age promotes literacy development, social and emotional well-being, and academic success. Read Across America was developed to build a nation of readers. Over 45 million people, young and old, participate in this annual awareness program. The National Education Association website offers more information on activities you can engage in to bring reading excitement to your kids. The National Education Association is the largest professional organization for educators and school administrators establishes on March 2, 1998. The mission was to encourage and motivate children to read. The program invites all children to celebrate reading on March 2, Dr. Seuss’ birthday.

Schools, libraries, book stores, and children’s museums host events in an effort to promote reading. Check your community for sponsored events.

I began reading to my son shortly after we came home from the hospital. It was part of his bedtime routine. I started with Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown. Even though he was barely 2 weeks old, I enjoyed the bonding we shared – in addition to breastfeeding, of course. To help develop his gross motor skills, I read The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. He was definitely drawn to the bright colors as well as the varied page widths. I think he enjoyed being able to turn the page; well, at six months, he did the best he could. I enjoy reading with my son – I love reading myself – and, like most parents, I can recite Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See by Eric Carle by heart. One of my favorite children’s book is Happy Birthday, Moon by Frank Asch. I love the story and the illustration. It’s a very clever book. I am addicted to buying my son books, new and used. We go to library book sales religiously. Now, in addition to reading books, he reads on the iPad. It definitely has a different feel to it. Regardless, I hope his interest and passion for reading will last his lifetime.

You can connect with the National Education Association on Facebook, YouTube, and School Tube.

19 comments

  1. Rebecca says:

    Returning the blog Love. Thanks for stopping by.

    We do Read Across America and celebrate Dr. Seuss’s Bday at the school I work at. Other school’s I’ve been at go all out and dress in pajamas and get to spend the day reading books and have an event in the evening. I think its a great thing to do!

    -Becca
    Becca’s Perspective

  2. SocialStudiesSoubrette says:

    Such an awesome program. Little Bit is only one but we read to him. I also have quite the addiction to buying him books. Unfortunately, our Borders is closing. We went today to check out the closing sale. I got Little Bit three new Sandra Boynton books. We love Barnyard Dance! I cant wait to do Read Across America with him!

  3. Kristy says:

    My youngest loves Dr. Seuss!
    Hi, I’m your newest follower from Good Friend Just Click blog hop. Looking forward to your blog posts! Please feel free to stop by!

    Kristy
    Casual Dish

  4. Cathy Kennedy says:

    The passion for reading is contagious and it’s a wonderful gift to give to your children. I was not read to as a child and made this a priority with ours prior to birth. Yes, I read to my little ones while they were snuggled inside my womb. Then after they were placed in my arms the reading continued.

    An interesting twist to motherhood is my children became my inspiration for writing my own children’s stories. Now, I can spark the imaginations of the young at heart and their little companions.

    New friends are alway welcome to visit my family friendly blog!
    ~Cathy Kennedy, Children’s Author
    The Tale of Ole Green Eyes

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