For those of you who didn’t know, we’re right in the midst of National Read Across America Week! This week, parents, teachers and students are celebrating Dr. Seuss and his wonderful contribution to children’s literature. Through Dr. Seuss and his incredible imagination we’ve been able to enjoy memorable children’s book classics such as The Cat in the Hat, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Green Eggs and Ham and many more.
So how does one celebrate Read Across America Week? It’s really simple! Just pick up a book and read to a child! Learning early literacy can have a huge impact for children and the community as a whole. Research shows that children who read on a regular basis tend to excel in school and (let’s be honest) who wouldn’t want that?
Looking for ideas on how to participate in this education-promoting holiday? Many communities celebrate by hosting a Reading Event or other gatherings focused on education and literature. Here are some ideas on how to get involved:
- Contact a local school to find out if there are ways to help out.
- Grab some great books from the bookstore or your local library.
- Take the National Education Association’s Reader’s Oath.
- Become a guest reader at your local school or library.
- Wear fun Dr. Seuss costumes or Cat in the Hat hats to spread awareness. (You can find some on our website!)
- Make a Dr. Seuss birthday cake inspired by your favorite Dr. Seuss book.
- Create a reading challenge for your kids with a fun reward.
The fun doesn’t stop there! All year long, you can read to your kids for at least 15 minutes a day to encourage the habit and love of reading. For more information on Read Across America and the benefits of early literacy, you can visit the National Education Association. Until then, grab some Dr. Seuss costumes for the whole family from PureCostumes.com and plan your reading event today!