Happy Read Across America Day!

Since 1997, the National Education Association has celebrated Read Across America Day on March 2, the birthday of Dr. Seuss. (He would have been 107 today.) The purpose of the day is to serve as an "annual reading motivation and awareness program" for kids and teens and to provide the resources to keep "reading on the calendar 365 days a year."

You can find local resources and activity ideas on the NEA website and on Random House's Seussville site. Just for fun, you ought to check out these "Lessons for Adults from the Father of Children's Stories" from Time magazine.

And now some questions:

What's your favorite book by Dr. Seuss? (The Lorax!)

If you're on this blog, you like books. How did your teachers and parents encourage your love of reading when you were a kid? (My parents took me to the public library all the time—especially during the summer—and my elementary school teachers and librarians encouraged me to participate in our Accelerated Reader program.)

How do you spread the gift of reading today? (I mentor a fifth grader and gave her a stack of books for Valentine's Day, including Spaceheadz. On our last outing, she talked my ear off about aliens. I was thrilled!)


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