Happy “Read Across America Day!” Kick-off National Reading Month by Celebrating Dr. Seuss’ Birthday With These Fun Activities
“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”- Dr. Seuss
Every year at the beginning of March, children across the country kick-off National Reading Month by celebrating the birthday of the beloved Dr. Seuss and the many characters that have been immortalized in his children’s books across the globe.
“Read Across America Day” is an annual reading program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on March 2nd.
From a child’s first time hearing a story on their parent’s lap to an adult’s escape into the pages of an intriguing novel, reading plays a major role in our lives. Motivating children to read is an important factor in student achievement and creating lifelong successful readers.
“You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read with a child!”- Dr. Seuss
Check out these fun and simple ways to celebrate “Read Across America Day:”
1. Throw A Reading Party.
Share a love for reading by inviting friends over for a Dr. Seuss themed reading party. Ask the attendees to dress up as their favorite Dr. Seuss character. And then get comfy with Dr. Seuss books, enjoy some Dr. Seuss themed snacks and talk about the timeless classics.
2. Cook up Some Reading Fun.
Have fun in the kitchen with your kids and serve up some green eggs and ham or make a tasty Cat in the Hat snack by providing kids with wooden skewers and red and white foods. Have the kids alternate the red and white foods as they put them on the skewer and let them enjoy the snack as you read aloud.
3. Oh, the Places You’ll Go.
In spirit of one of Dr. Seuss’ most popular books, map out all of the places you and your children have read or are reading about on a U.S. or world map. Inspire reading 365 days a year and keep the project going. Every time your child reads about a new location, he can mark it on the map.
Check out several Dr. Seuss books on the Kumon Recommended Reading List.