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Book lovers, rejoice! In addition to being Dr. Seuss's birthday, today is also Read Across America Day -- the National Education Association's annual day of encouraging parents and kids all across the country to pick up a book.
The program, which began in 1998, relies on events, partnerships and other resources to motivate kids to read. It's designed not only to celebrate the joys of reading, but also to pay homage to the beloved children’s author (a favorite in my house!).
Thousands of schools, libraries and community centers throughout the U.S. are participating in this special event, and First Lady Michelle Obama is even getting in on the action. She, along with U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Librarian of Congress James H. Billington and various celebrity guests, will spend the morning reading to hundreds of elementary school students. The First Lady has also invited visiting First Lady Margarita Zavala of Mexico to read to students attending Oyster-Adams Bilingual Elementary School in Washington, D.C.
Worried you won’t be able to pry your kids away from the Wii or Dora the Explorer long enough to read to them? The NEA’s website is filled with tips on everything from choosing the right books to how to read out loud to your kids. There’s even a “family literacy bag of activities” for Dr. Seuss favorite Green Eggs and Ham. It includes advice on how to make reading more fun using the book; an arts and craft activity; and general tips on reading both picture books to little kids and fiction books with older ones.
Sign your pledge to participate now!