It’s National Read Across America Day, which happens to also be the birthday of Dr. Seuss, author of Green Eggs and Ham, The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, One Fish, Blue Fish, Red Fish Blue Fish, and many more epic childrens’ books.

National Read Across America Day, which takes place every year on March 2nd, is part of Read Across America, an initiative on reading created by the National Education Association. The single purpose of the day is to encourage reading in children.

National Read Across America Day empowers, inspires, and positively impacts children, youth, and adults of all ages and National Read Across America Day in every community across the United States to celebrate reading. It encourages them to read where ever they are in life to become the best readers they can be and to become advocates for reading.

Here are some ways to inspire reading:

  • Keep books handy everywhere you spend time – Put them in the car, in every room of the house, and tuck them in backpacks and purses. Make them easily accessible.
  • Get caught reading – Children imitate what they see the adults around them do. Whether they see you read a magazine, newspaper, or novel, let them know reading is the cool thing to do.
  • Visit the library often – Knowing how to use the library and learning the benefits of a library fosters a love of reading as well as genuine respect for the services libraries provide.
  • Read to your children. No matter their age, reading aloud strengthens their vocabulary and language skills. It also opens up opportunities for discussion.
  • Have your children read to you, too. You never know what you might learn!

Source National Day Calendar. National Education Association. Accessed February 28, 2022