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National Read across America Day 

March 2, 2023 All day

kids reading books for National Read across America Day

March 2nd is National Read across America Day!

National Read Across America Day, also known as Dr. Seuss Day, is a yearly celebration of reading and literacy that takes place on March 2nd. The holiday was created by the National Education Association (NEA) in 1998, and it is now celebrated by millions of people across the United States.

The primary purpose of National Read Across America Day is to encourage children to read, and to develop a love of reading. It is also intended to promote literacy and improve education outcomes, as studies have shown that children who are exposed to reading at an early age tend to perform better academically.

The holiday is often celebrated in schools, libraries, and other educational institutions, where children are encouraged to read books, participate in reading-related activities, and listen to stories. Many schools also invite guest readers to come and read to students, such as local politicians, celebrities, and community leaders.

One of the most popular aspects of National Read Across America Day is the focus on the works of Dr. Seuss. Dr. Seuss was a prolific author and illustrator who is known for his whimsical and imaginative stories, which often feature nonsense words, colorful illustrations, and fantastical creatures. Many of his books have become classics of children’s literature, and they are widely regarded as essential reading for young children.

On National Read Across America Day, many schools and libraries hold “Dr. Seuss parties,” where children dress up as their favorite characters from his books, and participate in activities related to his stories. Teachers may also use Dr. Seuss books as a tool for teaching reading and literacy, as they often contain simple, repetitive text that is easy for children to understand and remember.

While Dr. Seuss is a popular focus of National Read Across America Day, the holiday is not limited to his works. Children are encouraged to read any book that interests them, whether it’s a picture book, a chapter book, or a nonfiction text. The goal is to get children excited about reading, and to help them discover the joy of exploring new worlds and learning new things through books.

In addition to promoting literacy and a love of reading, National Read Across America Day also has a broader social and cultural significance. Reading is an essential skill for success in today’s society, and promoting literacy can help to reduce poverty, improve health outcomes, and reduce social inequality. By encouraging children to read, we are investing in the future of our society, and building a foundation for a more prosperous and equitable future.

National Read Across America Day is an important holiday that celebrates the power of reading and literacy. By promoting reading, we are investing in the future of our children and our society, and helping to build a brighter, more prosperous future for all. Whether you’re a parent, a teacher, or simply a book lover, National Read Across America Day is a time to celebrate the joy of reading, and to share that joy with others.

Happy National Read across America Day !