Good morning, fellow readers!
Today is a wonderful Wednesday! Why, you ask? Because it’s Read Across America Day!
As an educator, Read Across America is a pretty huge deal. But, for those of you who don’t know what it is, here’s a little background on the event.
Basically, Read Across America is an annual event to motivate kids and inspire them to read. It’s celebrated on March 2, which just so happens to be the birthday of Dr. Seuss. There’s really no requirement to it. All you have to do is sit down and read. Books, magazines, cereal boxes: anything and everything is fine to read. There’s also not a time limit on it. Read as much as you can or just stop for a few minutes. It’s really an incredibly event.
When I was in school, I remember Read Across America being a pretty big deal. On March 2, at some point in the school day, we would “drop everything and read.” While I’m sure the teachers knew what time this event would be, it was always so exciting to literally throw our math papers on the floor and pull out a book. I think every student, even the ones who weren’t usually readers, tore into their books and didn’t put them down until our time was finished. It was incredible.
As some inspiration for you, if you’d like to partake in Read Across America day, here are a few of my favorite Dr. Seuss books.
Oh, the Places You’ll Go!
This is my all time favorite Dr. Seuss book. It’s inspiring without glossing over the fact that the road can get tough sometimes. And it’s fun. Love it, love it, love it.
Making children understand why they should take care of the environment is tough. This book does it. Really well.
Green Eggs and Ham
Try new things! Try them in a box. Try them with a fox. Doesn’t matter, just try them!
Bartholomew and the Oobleck
I like this story because Oobleck is fun to make. It’s also insanely hilarious to watch people try to understand Oobleck for the first time.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
I love Christmas. I love the Grinch. Cindy Lou Who is me.
A satire about the problems with discrimination amongst races, cultures, and beliefs? Count me in.
(Okay, confession: I love every single Dr. Seuss book)
The best thing about Read Across America is you can do whatever you want. My school did “Drop Everything and Read”. I know others who dedicate the entire week to Dr. Seuss, decorating doors like his book covers and dressing up in different styles every day. However, it doesn’t have to be that intense. Take a minute, take an hour, take the whole day, whatever works for you, and just. read.