This Sunday, celebrate Read Across America Day and Dr. Seuss’s birthday with your kids! Read Across America is an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on March 2, the birthday of beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss. Dr. Seuss has inspired generations of children to learn to love reading. His intentions for one of his most popular books, The Cat in the Hat, was to write a story that used simple, mostly monosyllabic words that kids could readily understand. His use of the patterned, rhyming text has become the foundation for many controlled-vocabulary texts for young readers.
Research shows clear evidence of the benefits of reading aloud with your children. According to the National Education Association, having kids read a lot is one of the crucial components of becoming a good reader. Young readers need to become practiced at recognizing letters and sounds. The only way to get good at it is for kids to practice with family members, even reading out loud to pets helps increase confidence!
See if there is a Read Across America event at a bookstore near you here! If you can’t make it to an event, make reading fun at home! While you read with your kids dress up as Dr. Seuss characters or eat Dr. Seuss snacks. If you need book suggestions, go to your local library to check out some books from this list of 50 multicultural books every child should read.