Today is Read Across America Day. My daughter was asked to bring her favorite book to preschool for show and share. My son tells me that all the students in his school are going to sit in the hallway together and read quietly for 15 minutes. I wish I could be there to see them celebrate reading!
Read Across America Day was established in 1997 by the National Education Association (NEA). It is observed in schools across the U.S. on the Friday closest to Dr. Seuss’ birthday (March 2nd). The NEA’s website lists some great facts about children’s literacy in the U.S., and emphasizes that children who are read to consistently at home enjoy a significant advantage in school with higher reading proficiency and math scores. NEA findings indicate that middle-schoolers tend to read a lot (more than 10 books per year), but the number of books read per year diminishes when kids enter high school. I wonder how many books the average U.S. adult reads per year?
In my house, nearly every day is a reading day. One of my favorite memories is seeing my son read a book all by himself for the first time. He is now reading books to me with ever-increasing fluency. I know my preschooler (who starts Kindergarten in the Fall) is close on his heels. I hope my children always love to read. I hope they read far more than 10 books per year their whole lives. Getting lost in a good book is one of the greatest pleasures in life.
“There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world. Love of books is the best of all.” – Jacqueline Kennedy
Help me celebrate reading in the comments below. What was your favorite book when you were a kid? What is one of your favorite books you read as a grown-up? Are you doing anything to celebrate Read Across America Day?