Happy Read Across America Day!

19_ReadAcrossAmerica.jpgThe National Education Association annually sponsors the Read Across America program. Now in its 12th year, the program focuses on motivating children to read, in addition to helping them master basic skills. The nationwide reading celebration takes place each year on or near March 2, the birthday of Dr. Seuss. Across the country, thousands of schools, libraries, community centers, and more participate by bringing together kids and books, and you can too!

Be sure to check out the NEA’s Read Across America Web site for information about Read Across America activities happening in your area; free digital read-along versions of Dr. Seuss books; and lots of downloadable resources like posters, bookmarks, and book lists!

And don’t miss the articles about reading in the March 2009 issue of ParentLife:

  • Raising Bookworms” — Crystal McDowell helps you develop your child’s love of reading.
  • “Talk, Read, and Listen” — Donna R. Hoomes gives the keys to increasing your preschooler’s vocabulary.
  • “Practice, Practice!” — Mary Ann Bradberry helps you build on your 6- to 8-year-old’s reading skills.

Are your children participating in Read Across America Day activities? Tell us about them! What tips do you have for helping your children love to read?