Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Tuesday Talk: Read Across America Day

One of my favorite days each year is Read Across America Day.  It is celebrated each year on Dr. Seuss' birthday (March 2), or the closest school day.  Since the 2nd fell on a Sunday, this year's observance was yesterday.  As a lover of children's books and a firm advocate of reading, I just love this day.  The whole purpose of it is to challenge every child to pick up a book and read.  While it is celebrated on just the one day, there are events throughout the entire week.  In fact, Dr. Seuss is often celebrated throughout the entire month of March.  While many schools, libraries and book stores choose to read Dr. Seuss books, the rules don't specify that need.  You can read any children's book or books you choose.  The National Education Association started this nationwide reading challenge 17 years ago to honor perhaps the most influential children's author of all time.  Dr. Seuss has touched the hearts and imaginations of children and adults alike.  What better way to honor him then by picking up a book and reading.  I'd like to end with a quote I got off the NEA's website:  "You're never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read with a child."  Happy reading!

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