Friday, March 2nd is “Read Across America” day. It is a day designated to encourage literacy and reading among children and adults alike.
The day also coincides with legendary author Dr. Seuss and his birthday; Dr. Seuss’ books are seen by many as literary masterpieces and cornerstones of American culture and society.
Thousands across the country take part in the day by reading books and celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Seuss. In many of the nation’s libraries, schools and community centers, there are festivals centered around reading and Dr. Seuss as well as programs that encourage and reward reading.
The day is sponsored by the National Education Association and motivates children, teens and even adults to read and read on a regular basis.
Back in May of 1997, a small reading task force at NEA wanted a day that was set aside for the celebration of reading. The premise was one that was simple yet profound: reading can assist in the success of academics, cultural endeavors and international report.
Now, teachers, librarians, politicians, actors, actress, parents, grandparents, children, teens and many other groups gather together on the day to celebrate reading and encourage a love of books and reading among certain sectors of society.
Learn more about “Read Across America” and The NEA by CLICKING HERE!
Houston is celebrating the day as well! Barnes And Noble in Houston celebrates “Read Across America”!
President Barack Obama has even issued a proclamation for the day and is an advocate of Read Across America. CLICK HERE to read his proclamation.