Read Across America Day
(Also known as Dr. Seuss Day)
Read Across America Day is observed next on Friday, March 1st, 2024 (277 days from today).
Reading across America, also known as Dr. Seuss Day, is an annual celebration in the United States organized by the National Education Association. It was held on the last school day, March 2, Dr. Seuss' birthday. He is an American artist, book publisher, animator, poet, political animator as well as an author. He is known as the author of more than 60 children's books.
History of Read across America Day
Every year, March is National Reading Month. The start of this is preceded by 'Reading Day across America' on March 2nd, which is also the birthday of one of the most beloved children's book authors of all time - Dr. Seuss. The most wonderful way to make kids like reading is to read them much more stories about great characters that they are interested in.
Read across America Day is a great chance to invite everyone to gather together and encourage children to make reading more fun and easier understanding. From the time the foundations of our character are formed, to adulthood when we seek to escape the noise of everyday life in the pages of books, reading plays an integral role in shape us into who we are. With the advent of smartphones and tablets, motivating children to read is more essential than ever.
The National Education Association (NEA) has spearheaded the Read across America initiative since 1998. Their primary purpose is to work for the improvement of public education. Government has promoted reading nationally by organizing events in libraries, schools, book clubs and the community. Teachers and group organizers can also commit and post their ideas on the NEA's website. This way, more attention and attendance will be attracted.
However, not only teachers but also librarians are doing their task in creating a better generation of readers. Since the date was officially announced, actors, sports stars and other celebrities have used their platforms to spread the message of the joy of reading, and some have joined the fun. Join the world of children's books to pay attention to this cause.
Traditions of Read across America Day
National Reading Day across the United States falls on the same day as children's book author Dr. Seuss' birthday, so it is natural to read his storybooks on this day as a tradition. All people including parents, teachers, and students join in the joy of reading and encourage reading to become a habit of children.
Reading parties are held at homes, schools and libraries. Interested locals or celebrities are sometimes present at these events. In addition to reading, delicious food is served, mainly from the books to be read during the day (like a variation of green eggs and ham). Book clubs are also started on this day to continue the tradition of reading books after the day is over. It's a great way for parents and children to socialize and share their favorite books and ideas.
How to celebrate Read across America Day
Read across America Day promotes reading, especially for children and young adults. Many schools, libraries, and community centers participate to read books together. There are a lot of reading activities and events on this day. Join in the Read across America channel, which is designed to feature videos by students and educators from around the country, is an typical example. Others commit to reading books, organizing book fairs, or reading aloud to groups of people.
ObservedRead Across America Day has been observed the closest weekday to March 2nd.
Wednesday, March 2nd, 2022
Thursday, March 2nd, 2023
Friday, March 1st, 2024
Monday, March 3rd, 2025
Monday, March 2nd, 2026