Read Across America Day
Read Across America Day
Every year, across the entire country, people celebrate reading in classrooms, libraries, at community events and more. Why? Because reading changes lives! Over 20 years ago, the NEA decided that we needed a day dedicated to reading motivation and awareness. March 2nd was chosen because it is the birthday of a popular children’s author - Dr. Seuss.
Why is it important to help children learn to love reading? Studies show that students who are motivated to read (and spend more time reading) are more successful in school. Success in school often impacts future work success.
Help your child get excited about reading, so they become a lifelong reader. Is your child too young to read? Then read to them! Shared reading is the best way to help children become readers.
Some fun reading activities include:
If your children are not yet reading, you could read aloud to them. If they can read, ask them to read aloud to you, or take turns reading the pages in one of their favorite books.
Attending a Storytime
Local libraries and bookstores offer free storytimes for a wide range of ages. Mishawaka-Penn-Harris librarians visit Fresh Thyme Market on the first and third Wednesday of every month* for a lunchtime storytime that includes a free snack! Storytimes at the library for children from birth to age 5 will begin again on Tuesday, April 10th. See page 10 of the Program Guide for details.
Singing a book
Some books are so lyrical that they would be great to sing out loud together! Find a list at the bottom of this page, or visit your favorite library, and we’ll help you find one.
Buy (or make) a calendar or chart. Let your child color in each day that they read, or you spend time reading together. Visual representations of our actions can be great motivators! If your child already reads every day, think of other reading challenges for them - reading at the park, while on a swing set, at their grandparent’s house, in the car, to the cat or dog, etc.
Some great read-aloud books include:
Little Green Peas A Big Book of Colors by Keith Baker
Oh, the Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss
Go Away , Big Green Monster! by Ed Emberley
If You’re A Monster and You Know It by Rebecca Emberley
Waddle! Waddle! by James Proimos
Who’s in the Tree? by Craig Shuttlewood
Don’t Wake up the Tiger! by Britta Teckentrup
"Stand Back," Said the Elephant, "I'm Going to Sneeze!" by Patricia Thomas
Books to sing together:
Row, Row, Row your Boat by Jane Cabrera
Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star by Jane Cabrera
Singing in the Rain by Arthur Freed
When You Wish Upon A Star by Leigh Harline
Sing! by Joe Raposo
* Fresh Thyme Story Thyme on March 7th has been canceled due to a staff In-Service meeting. They will resume on March 21st.