Celebrate reading and Dr. Seuss on Read Across America Day
Partners Post, February 2014
On March 3, eat your green eggs and ham, put a fox in some socks, speak for the trees, find the cat in the hat, and mark your calendar to recognize the importance of reading during this year's annual Read Across America Day! This national celebration brings together teachers, parents, community leaders, and others to help children get excited about reading.
Read Across America is tied to the birth date of beloved children's book author Theodore Geisel, best known as Dr. Seuss, who famously penned, "You're never too old, too wacky or wild to pick up a book and read with a child."
This year's theme, "Sink your teeth into good books all year long" reinforces the importance of developing good reading skills and a lifelong love of reading. In fact:
- Children who are read to at home have a higher success rate in schools.
- Children who read frequently develop stronger reading skills.
So take a pledge today to help your own children and those in your community by sharing your own love of reading. And, make plans now to participate in Read Across America celebrations at your school or community.
Pennsylvania teachers and school support professionals offer these helpful reading tips as well as resources on the Partners for Public Education website.
You might also consider a few recommended books that take place in or are written by an author who lives in Pennsylvania
- The Christmas Cookie Tree by Ruth Hershey Irion
- Knots in My Yo-Yo String by Jerry Spinelli
- The Winter of Red Snow (Dear America) by Kristina Gregory
- The Cabin Faced West by Jean Fritz
- What's the Big Idea, Ben Franklin? by Jean Fritz
- Standing in the Light: The Captive Diary of Catherine C. Logan by Mary Pope Osborne
- The Egg Tree by Katherine Milhous
Groups planning reading events for underserved student populations in need of books can seek assistance from several identified Read Across America partners. These partners have books by Dr. Seuss and many other favorite authors available free or at significant discounts. Find out more.