Today is Read Across America Day

March 2, 2010

If Theodor Geisel (better known as Dr. Seuss) were alive today he’d be celebrating his 106th birthday. In honor of this day, the National Education Association established Read Across America Day, a time to celebrate reading for all ages. The NEA’s website has lots of links to help you find fun facts, activities and more. For instance, I found it interesting to click on the downloadable document that told me favorite books from members of Congress. I found out that my Congressman, David Wu, likes Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White. That’s one of my favorites too! Reading the entire list reminded me of old favorites and new-for-me titles that I’d like to check out.

You’ll also find interesting activities and information at the NEA’s Read Across America partners:

Reading Rockets


Read, Write,

A to Z Teachers (for adolescent literacy)

While you’re deciding what to do, don’t forget to enjoy a piece of birthday cake.

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss—Read Across America

March 2, 2009

Each year the National Education Association sponsors Read Across America day in honor of Dr. Seuss’s birthday. The idea is to encourage caring adults to read to a child. Mother-daughter book clubs are all about reading to children, and today is a great day spend a little time reading your next book selection to your daughter. I’ll be reading Sense and Sensability by Jane Austen to Catherine, and Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates to Madeleine. For more information about the event, visit the NEA’s Web site.


In Celebration of Reading—Read Across America Day 2008

March 3, 2008

Today is the National Education Foundation’s Read Across America Day. Every year the NEA schedules this day on or near Dr. Seuss’s birthday to promote the love of reading. I’m planning to participate by curling up with two good books today, Songs for a Teenage Nomad by Kim Culbertson and Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale. I’m also reading Burr, by Gore Vidal to my daughter who’s a junior in high school.

In need of a good book? Try out the recommendations here and at the following sites: