Tomorrow is Read Across America Day. Here are the top 10 reasons you (yes, YOU!) should be involved.
10. Happy Birthday to You! (1959) March 2nd celebrates Theodore Seuss Geisel’s 107th birthday. Happy birthday, Dr. Seuss!
9. Hop on Pop (1963) Reading together is a great way to get some bonding time in with Dad or Grandpa. And if there’s some hopping involved? Well, consider it a way to shed some of those winter pounds.
8. Oh Say Can You Say (1979) Children develop speech through listening. Reading aloud is a way to introduce children to new vocabulary, as well as model good reading skills.
7. If I Ran the Zoo (1950) Take some time to tame your own personal zoo. After the dinner rush is over, the dishwasher loaded, and the table cleared away, gather the family together for some favorite stories. It will help transition from the craziness of the day to the (hopeful) calm of bedtime.
6. And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street (1937) Do your kids have outrageous stories to share? Was their day crazier than Marco’s? Books get kids talking!
5. Scrambled Eggs Super! (1953) Stuck on the age-old question of what’s for dinner? Try this tasty treat.
4. Green Eggs and Ham (1960) Not in to scrambled eggs? Try this alternative. When reading with your child, don’t be afraid to think outside the box! If he/she is not interested in reading traditional picture or chapter books, try cracking open a recipe book instead.
3. Great Day for Up! (1974) Children begin each day with a head full of questions. Each day offers new adventures and opportunities. Check in with your kids in the car ride from school, over dinner, or at bedtime.
2. I Can Read with My Eyes Shut! (1978) If your children complain that reading is boring, prove them wrong! Reading should be a fun, interactive activity.
1. Oh, The Places You’ll Go! (1990) This is the bottom line. Reading is fundamental to future success. Start your child on the right path by taking the time to read at home.
I’ll be back tomorrow with some Dr. Seuss history. Until then, I look forward to hearing your Dr. Seuss favorites. Will you be reading any with your child tomorrow?