March 2: Read Across America Day
"You're never to old, too wacky, too wild to pick up a book and read with a child." That's the catch phrase of this year's Read Across America Day, which annually falls on March 2. Read Across America Day is organized by the National Education Association (NEA), whose mission is to build a nation of readers.
Read Across America Day has been around for 15 years. Schools across the United States participate in a range of creative ways. Some ask the kids to dress as their favorite character from a book. Others allow the kids to bring in pillows and blankets from home and set aside time to cuddle up and "just read."
Why March 2? This date is the birthday of Dr. Seuss, one of our best loved children's book authors. Read Across America doesn't have to happen on this day alone. Events, partnerships, and reading resources are available from the NEA for programs all year long.