It's the 20th year of Read Across America, a reading event held every year on March 2 (the birthday of the beloved children's book author and illustrator Dr. Seuss), and it's time to celebrate!
Here are some tips to make sure you're helping your school-aged child get in the spirit of Read Across America:
- Look at the list of excellent children's picture books developed by the National Education Association for Read Across America - and with your child, choose the top 3 you want to read. Go to one of the 24 library locations and check one out! (Even if the book is not at that location, you can always place a hold on a copy in the system and it will be sent within a few days from another branch.)
- Make up a silly song or chant. Dr. Seuss was all about the silly, so use him as your inspiration as you make up a song about stinky socks, what you're having for dinner, or where you want to go on vacation this summer. Research shows that regularly singing supports the growth of brain structures that directly related to reading comprehension and enjoyment.
- READ, of course! As Dr. Seuss said: "You're never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read with a child." Ask your friendly librarian for suggestions of books that are especially good for reading aloud together.