Fun Ways to Celebrate Read Across America Day

Posted by on Feb 27, 2014 | Comments Off on Fun Ways to Celebrate Read Across America Day

Ways To Celebrate Read Across America Day

 

Although not a federal holiday, Read Across America Day is observed by many folks who are passionate about promoting the love of reading. Baby’s Own Room is celebrating this March 3rd, led by the National Education Association (NEA) who is responsible for pushing for the very special day.

“You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read with a child.” ~ NEA poem

 

I’m sure it’s not a coincidence that the day falls on or around the birthday of one of our beloved American writers of children’s books. Theodor Seuss Geisel was an American writer, poet, and cartoonist born on March 2nd, 1904. He was most widely known for his children’s books written and illustrated beautifully. We know him as Dr. Seuss. There are also many other amazing children’s book authors to celebrate on this day! Here are a few fun ways to celebrate Read Across America Day with your little ones.

  • Visit your local library. Many libraries and community centers across the United States participate in the day by bringing people together to take part in reading books. Find out if your local branch offers a read aloud event, book fair, or other fun reading activities for kids.
  • Make a reading pledge. Talk to your little one about why he or she loves to read. Learn more about the types of books that are enjoyed in your home. Then think about a good number to start with, and make a pledge. You can start by asking your little one how many books they think they can read in a week. Encourage them to add to the pledge to read as time goes by.
  • Visit a Children’s Hospital and read aloud to kids. Growing up on military bases, my mother always made sure that we did this once a year. My favorite part would be watching the kids who had memorized every single word of their selected stories. I definitely met some fellow book lovers! Nowadays, I’m sure that this type of event would need to be organized and planned out ahead of time for reasons of safety and the well being of all kids involved–but would be well worth the effort.
  • Donate books to your child’s classroom. Teachers are always looking for ways to grow classroom book shelves. Why not clear out the chest or box filled to the brim with old books that you no longer read? The other kids, teachers, and your children will all benefit from your generosity.
  • Write a book with your child. This can be as simple or elaborate as you like. I’ve seen a child write a book on a paper plate! Use your imagination and keep it fun.
  • Learn about resources to get readingThe NEA shares tips about reading to your infants and toddlers, reading lists, fun downloads and certificates, reading aloud tips, and much more. Have fun encouraging your little ones to become book lovers.

 

Sink Your Teeth Into Good Books - Ways To Celebrate Reading Across America DayClick Image to Download your free Poster from the NEA

 

Are you celebrating Read Across America Day? Drop by and let us know, we’d be happy to tweet, pin or share your event! Happy Reading, from your friends at Baby’s Own Room. 🙂 

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