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February 27, 2013


2013 Read Across America Day

by PBUnitedWay

“You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child.” – Dr. Seuss

Read Across America Day is observed each year in honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday and is a day dedicated to celebrating reading. Dr. Seuss epitomizes a love of learning and by celebrating his birthday we send a clear message to children that reading is fun and important.Here are proven techniques you can use to teach your child that reading is valuable and enjoyable, and that promote reading for all children:

  • Set a good example as a reader – let kids see you reading every day.
  • Get a subscription in his or her name to an age-appropriate magazine for your child. When relatives and others ask for gift ideas, suggest magazine subscriptions, books, or a book store gift certificate.
  • Make reading fun – a time that you and your children look forward to spending together.
  • Check out The Read-Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease (New York: Penguin Books, 1995). It’s loaded with fun tips and reading recommendations.
  • Keep lots of books, magazines, and newspapers around the house. Visit the library often and shop for books at garage and yard sales, swap meets, and used bookstores.
  • Don’t fret if “Captain Underpants” has captivated your child rather than Robinson Crusoe. The important thing: he’s reading! Encourage it and he’s likely to move on to more sophisticated titles as he gets older.

Check out the Kids’ Top 100 Books and compare them with the Teachers’ Top 100 Books for some great new book ideas – and maybe even some all-time favorites.

Also, to raise awareness about the importance of early-grade reading, you can use the United Way tool to send an oped to your local paper.

For more ideas on what you can do for Read Across America Day please visit

1 Comment Post a comment
  1. Mar 14 2013

    i have heard this before but can’t recall where i did, still interesting though,


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