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National Read Across America Day

In the United States, March 2 is a great day to order a plate of Green Eggs and Ham, with a side of Words. Take some time during the last few days of February to browse your bookshelves, evaluate your ebooks, and locate your library. This will help you get ready to celebrate the birthday of Dr. Seuss by taking an hour to read to one child or two hundred.

On this day, The National Education Association (NEA) invites young and old to share the love of reading. Mommies-To-Be: Tummy Reading is definitely encouraged. It's never too soon to discover, share and celebrate the amazing worlds and wonders that words can bring to all of us!

Cities and towns across the United States celebrate Read Across America Day in schools, libraries and businesses. Individuals such as authors, illustrators, actors, athletes, musicians, mayors, governors, and even the President of the United States, will take part in reading activities. In private homes ó mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, grandmothers, and grandfathers will also celebrate by reading to children.

It's a day to challenge ourselves and others to set reading goals. We can put on our best clothes and even don a silly hat. How did all of this hoopla about reading begin?

Read Across America Day started as a simple idea in May 1997. The concept of choosing a day of celebration for reading was being discussed by a small NEA reading task force. The day chosen was March 2, the birthday day of Theodor Seuss Geisel (Dr. Seuss).

Dr. Seuss (March 2, 1904 to September 24, 1991) was a children's literature writer, cartoonist, animator, artist and book publisher.

The first Read Across America Day was March 2, 1998.

The end ideal of this national day of reading celebration is not only about reading for entertainment. Itís about purpose and possibility. The purpose of encouraging children to learn and love to read. I strongly believe that reading is the gateway to a world of possibilities. It touches all the genres of our lives. Our imaginations are stretched and strengthened, as well as our interests, desires and hopes. We discover new ideas and possible avenues we can take to fulfill all and any purpose we wish to achieve.

I hope that you set some time aside on this day to read to yourself and a child. Think about creating reading challenges and a schedule to include reading in your life everyday.

Ready, Set, Letís READ AMERICA!

Please stop by our Reading Forum and let us know how you celebrated reading this year. You can also introduce yourself, start a new topic, or ask a question.

Have a great week and Happy Reading!

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