Oh, the Places You'll Go when you read!
Read Across America is an annual reading motivation and awareness program developed by the National Education Association (NEA) that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on March 2, the birthday of beloved children's author Dr. Seuss.
How do you celebrate reading? Why, by reading, of course!
Here are some proven techniques and a variety of strategies to motivate a child to be a reader:
- Set a good example – let kids see you reading every day whether it be novels, cookbooks or magazines.
- Make reading fun!
- Keep lots of books, magazines, and newspapers around the house.
- Visit the library often and shop for books at yard sales, used bookstores, and at library book sales.
- Get your child their own library card and let them choose some of their own books.
- Don’t worry if your child is only reading comics right now. The important thing is that they are reading! Encourage it and they are likely to move on to more advanced titles as they get older.
- Encourage older children to read to their younger brothers and sisters.
- Carry books to read to your child wherever you go – the doctor’s office, in line at the store, etc.
- Check out our Early Literacy Calendar for the preschool crowd – it provides daily activities to promote literacy and the love of reading.
- Join us at the library for our many events throughout the year.