March 2, 1904, was Theodor Seuss Geisel’s birthday. You probably recognize that middle name—he is Dr. Seuss. That’s reason enough to celebrate the man whose imaginative stories, rhymes and all, are known and loved all over the world. Arguably, few authors have had such an impact on the reading habits of so many children as Geisel. In conjunction with Dr. Seuss’s birthday, the National Education Association, the publisher of Seuss’s work, and others sponsor Read Across America Day every year in March.
Need ideas on how to celebrate with your students? Plan a read-in: invite the mayor, the fire chief, and the teller at your bank to stop at your school to read to and with students for a while. Dress up as your favorite Seuss character, or maybe a character from another book, and encourage your students to do the same. Ask your students to take an oath to be life-long readers. As you read earlier on this blog, March 5 is World Read Aloud Day. Combine events and make the first week of March a celebration of reading and the worlds it opens for students.
Watch this video to learn more about Read Across America Day in 2013 as you plan with your students and school partners for 2014.
Can’t see the video? Watch it here.
Several Great Resources for Read Across America Day include:
- The National Education Association: http://neatoday.org/2014/01/30/the-countdown-to-neas-read-across-america-2014-has-begun/ and http://www.nea.org/grants/886.htm
- Seussville: http://www.seussville.com/Educators/educatorReadAcrossAmerica.php
- ReadacrossAmerica.org: http://www.readacrossamerica.org/
- ReadWriteThink: http://www.readwritethink.org/classroom-resources/calendar-activities/read-across-america-celebrates-20455.html
So, plan your Read Across America event,
Get it rolling at school, or home, or even in a tent.
When everyone reads, we’re all winners, you know,
When everyone reads, our communities grow.*
*My apologies to Dr. Seuss!