Today we observe Dr. Seuss’s birthday by motivating children in every neighborhood and community to read. All across the nation, people of all ages develop activities to inspire young children to expand their mind through the art of reading. “Research has shown that children who are motivated and spend more time reading do better in school.”
In honor of Read Across America Day, we are providing you with a few tips to help you get involved, not only today, but in improving childhood literacy overall, because, in the words of Dr. Seuss himself, “You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read with a child.”
- Join your local Read Across America event as a guest reader or host.
- Get the local middle school and high school students involved. They can hold book fairs, read to elementary school students, or create engaging theatrical events.
- Reach out to local businesses for book donations or as a place to hold a reading event.
- Create a multicultural event. By involving storytellers from many different ethnicities who speak many different languages, you will expose children to many new and interesting stories.
- Make it a special day. Hold a reading ball where kids are encouraged to dress up as their favorite character.
- Take a field trip to a local library or bookstore. Most libraries and bookstores hold events all day for children. You can look online or call your local stores and libraries to see what events they have planned.
- Most importantly, have fun! Reading should be fun for everyone. A lot of children don’t realize the importance of reading to their overall development, but the creativity, focus, comprehension, and broadening of their imagination will be invaluable to the rest of their education.
Remember this, you don’t have to be a teacher or librarian to inspire kids to read. All it takes is spending time with them and showing them that reading is more than sitting and trying to remember words, it’s about the using their imagination to make stories come to life. For more details on Read Across America Day, you can click this link.