UPDATE: Although this blog post was written for Dr. Seuss’ birthday, you can celebrate his books by reading them with your child anytime!
If you’ve ever shared a book with a child, you have experienced the joy and excitement this small but meaningful act can bring. Countless research studies show that reading to a child is the easiest and best way to help him/her succeed in school and later in life. Unfortunately, research also shows that less than half of children under age 5 in Arizona are read to every day.
We can do better! Reading to or with a child just 20 minutes each day can have an enormous positive impact on the rest of their life. And you’ll probably feel pretty good about it, too!
To get kids excited about reading and encourage more adults to spend time reading with their children, the National Education Association launched the first Read Across America Day in 1998. This year, March 2 marks 19 years of celebrating reading and the birthday of Dr. Seuss.
From coast to coast, teachers, celebrities, community members, and parents will put aside the many hats they wear for work and play and put on their reading hats. Here in Arizona, there are numerous ways for you to join the Read Across America celebration.
If you have children, find time to read with them on March 2 and every day. If you don’t, there are still opportunities to share in the fun. Individuals can volunteer to read and to share their life experiences; businesses can contribute products to congratulate young readers and allow employees time off to volunteer time at reading programs; and elected officials at every level can make reading a high priority.
Let’s all join together today, and every day thereafter, to ensure that Arizona’s children have caring adults to share books and rich reading experiences. Learn more about how you can get involved in Arizona on Read Across America Day at ReadOnArizona.org.
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