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Read Across America Day and Five Tips to Get Kids Excited About Reading

March 2 was Read Across America Day and we had the privilege of visiting some of our Grade-Level Reading partners to document their celebrations of literacy and Dr. Seuss’ birthday. It was so fun to see how excited the kids were at each location. Whether they were listening to a story read by a local celebrity or reading to a furry friend, their enthusiasm around reading was contagious. The kids had a plethora of questions for their readers and were eager to tell us what their favorite Dr. Seuss book was. (Green Eggs and Ham was the clear winner.)

Read Across America Day was established in 1998 to get kids excited about reading and to encourage adults to spend time reading with their children. Nineteen years later, that is exactly what happens every year on March 2. All you have to do is search #ReadAcrossAmerica on social media to discover reading celebrations from across the country. Check out the video below to see how a handful of Dubuque Campaign for Grade-Level Reading partners marked this special day!

We challenge everyone to remember that it’s important to get your kids excited about reading every day and not just on Read Across America Day. Research tells us that reading to children at home can lead to a higher success rate in school, so let’s take keep the momentum from this day going year-round! Here are five ways to get kids excited about reading all year long courtesy of PBS:

  1. Integrate reading adventures into your daily routine.
  2. Explore your local library.
  3. Bring learning tools with you on the road.
  4. Find educational activities you and your child can do together indoors and outdoors.
  5. Look for books and programs that feature your child’s favorite characters.
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