Read Across America Day (March 2) promotes and celebrates reading, particularly for children and young adults. Many schools, libraries, and community centers across the United States participate in this special day by encouraging people, both young and old, to take part in reading books and celebrating the joy and importance of reading. The nationwide observance coincides with the birthday of Dr. Seuss (Theodore Geisel), an American writer best known for writing children's books. Many reading activities are held throughout the country on this day. For example, students make reading pledges, book fairs are held, special art activities are created, and many people are involved in reading aloud to children.
Motivating children to read is an important factor in student achievement and creating lifelong, successful readers. Research has proven that children who are motivated and spend quality time reading are more successful in school.
It is extremely important that the love for reading be instilled in our children. Let's all do our part to encourage and promote reading. Pick up a book and share it with a child. Let's help them understand that reading is fundamental to being a life-long learner.