March is a month overflowing with opportunities to advance and celebrate the cause of Literacy.
March 1st is National Education Association’s Read Across America Day. This worldwide event is celebrated in conjunction with the March 2nd birthday of Dr. Seuss. Because studies show that kids who read often do better in school and life, Read Across America Day is meant to motivate and excite children and teens to pick up a book and read. Here are a few ideas for how to celebrate on this day…
-Talk to your school or town librarian and ask their help in finding silly, goofy, and fun books to read aloud with your friends.
-Make Cat-In-The-Hat hats for your family and spend the afternoon reading The Lorax, The Foot Book, or your favorite Dr. Seuss stories.
-Bake a birthday cake and share it with your school classroom. Ask the teacher or a volunteer parent to read Happy Birthday To You! aloud before you sing Happy Birthday to Dr. Seuss and enjoy cake!
-Hold a Reading Pep Rally!
-Ask your school principal to help plan a Read Across America event.
March 6th is LitWorld’s World Read Aloud Day. LitWorld is a Global Literacy Movement that promotes all people’s right to read and write. World Read Aloud Day is a day to celebrate the power of words. There are many ways to get involved on this day…
-Read It Forward by giving a book away.
-Read aloud to your kids.
-Organize a book swap.
-Video-chat with distant relatives or friends and read aloud together.
-Plan a Read-Aloud-a-thon!
-Arrange a guest reader to come to your child’s classroom.
There are numerous pieces within Literary Mama to help inspire your love of literacy and the joy of sharing books. Mary Carpenter’s essay Infinite Connections explores the challenge of staying connected to her college age children, and finding a way to do so through books.
The founding Director of LitWorld, Pam Allyn, contributed the essay Love and Literacy in the Time of Parenting, which explores literacy and writing in the digital age.
Go to NEA Read Across America website, or their Facebook page for resources, background, sponsors, and more great ideas to get motivated.