It's that Seussical time of year again when fans far and wide celebrate the birthday of the one and only Dr. Seuss. The National Education Association (NEA) has declared March 2 — Dr. Seuss' birthday — as Read Across America Day. And there are lots of ways to get involved.
Ask your child's school if you can volunteer to read with his or her class. Read to area kids at your local library or ask a local celebrity (like the mayor or a radio personality) to read to the kids. Set up a poetry slam or book fair at your local middle school or high school. Try your hand at a Seussical craft, or just grab a stack of your favorite Seuss titles and curl up with your kids for an evening read-a-thon.
Here are some great tips from the NEA on raising a generation of book lovers:
- Take your time and talk about the story with your child. Ask your child questions.
- Explore the pictures with your child.
- Read with expression.
- Change your voice or how fast you read to create excitement. Ham it up!
- You don't need to read every word. Keeping your child interested is the goal.