Every year, National Read Across America Day (Dr. Seuss Day) is celebrated on March 2, the birthday of Dr. Seuss. Oh how I used to love to seeing my boys come home from school with their “Cat in the Hat” paper hats and other fun stuff the teachers would have planned for them to create and bring home that day. However, they are both a little older and now all I get when they come home from school is a “Teenager with an Attitude”, which is a far cry from the cute stuff when they were little!!
This annual event is part of the Read Across America initiative on reading created by the National Education Association in 1997. This motivational program and awareness reaches out to children of all ages, in all communities, and backgrounds and encourages them to read.
Here are some tips to help get your kiddos to read:
- Read to them. It doesn’t matter how old they are, reading will help develop their brain. It will help them with their concentration, social skills, and ability to focus.
- Have your kids read to you! This will help them get to know words and sounds. It will also spark their imagination and curiosity.
- Visit the library. It is much cheaper then heading to the local bookstore to buy a book. Some libraries even offer free activities like storytelling times for the really little ones.
- Pick up a book and read. Children will often mimic their parents. So if they catch you reading, they are more likely to become readers themselves.
- Take books with you when you go places. Have them in the car, in purses and backpacks. This will make them easily accessible and can help with the “I’m bored” times.
I hope this helps and don’t forget to celebrate Dr. Seuss Day with a fun book or activity. Happy reading!