Celebrate Read Across America Day
Founded in 1997 by the National Education Association (NEA), Read Across America Day is held on March 2 every year. Not only does this literacy-loving holiday celebrate all things book-related, but it’s also the anniversary of the famed Dr. Seuss’s birthday! What can you do with your child to celebrate Read Across America Day?
Attend an event. Schools, community centers, libraries and other organizations that cater to young children hold these celebratory events across the U.S. Check out your local listings or visit the Read Across America website for annual activities.
Read at home. If you’re looking for a super-simple way to celebrate, grab a Dr. Seuss favorite (such as ‘The Cat in the Hat’ or ‘Green Eggs and Ham’) and read to your child. Try an entirely interactive reading session, asking your child questions about the story and pictures as you go along. Are the same stories wearing thin with your little reader? Introduce a title she hasn’t seen before, such as ‘My Many Colored Days’.
Get crafty. Cut paper, felt or craft foam into shapes. Puzzle the shapes together into a Dr. Seuss themed collage. A circle with two triangles becomes the Cat in the Hat’s face, an oval and a triangle makes a red fish/blue fish and an oval with a circle in the middle turns in to eggs from ‘Green Eggs and Ham’.
Cook creatively. Add food coloring to your morning meal to make green eggs, make Truffula Tree cupcakes with cotton candy on the top, turn gelatin into red fish and blue fish using a cookie cutter or make a green Grinch milkshake!