Celebrate Dr. Seuss Day in Rochester for National Read Across America Day

Heather Raulerson

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Today is National Read Across America Day, celebrated on March 2nd, the birthday of Dr. Seuss. I remember reading Dr. Seuss’s books when I was younger and am an avid book reader still. And when my nieces and nephews were young, I bought them Dr. Seuss books that were delivered to their house every month. Every child should have access to books, especially when they are young and impressionable, before getting sucked into the TV, videos, and gaming tablets. To have a day each year to celebrate reading is fantastic! Although we should be celebrating this every day of the year!

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.”-Dr. Seuss

What is National Read Across America Day?

The annual event is part of the Read Across America, an initiative on reading creative by the National Education Association. The event is designed to encourage reading in children and is fostered through the schools. This motivational and awareness day calls all children and youth in every community across the United States to grab a book and read. It encourages them to read where ever they are.

Great ways to inspire reading in children include:

  • Keep books everywhere you spend time. Put them in the car, in every room of the house, and tuck them in backpacks and purses. Make them easily accessible. I have stacks of books lying on tables by my bed!
  • Visit the library often. Knowing how to use the library and learning the benefits of a library fosters a love of reading and genuine respect for what a library can do for you. You can even access libraries online and start kids e-reading!
  • Make sure that you are seen reading as kids imitate what they see the adults around them do. Whether they see you read a magazine, newspaper, or novel, let them know reading is the cool thing to do. You are never too old to read!
  • Read to your children. No matter their age, reading aloud strengthens their vocabulary and language skills.
  • Have your children read to you, too. You never know what you might learn!

“It’s a troublesome world. All the people who are in it are troubled with troubles almost every minute. You ought to be thankful, a whole heaping lot, for the places and people you’re lucky you’re not.” -Dr. Seuss

How to Participate in the Read Across America Day

  • Pick up an interesting book and read it.
  • Read with a child.
  • Join your library.
  • Read a book you’ve meant to read.
  • Read a book you’ve read before. You may discover that it has new meaning to you since you last read it. I have found myself reading the same book repeatedly years later, and it is just as good as the first time I read it!
  • Try reading aloud, even if it is just to yourself. It will be great practice for reading to children. (Hint, hint.)

Little Free Library

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For those who don’t have a lot of money or access to town libraries, you can find Little Free Library Locations worldwide, including two right here in Rochester, Michigan. Rochester is a larger city with small-town charm, and it loves its libraries. Besides the main town library with a community bookmobile, there are a couple of Little Free Libraries that I have found around town. One of them is in the Rochester Municipal Park, and another is on Main Street in front of the Funky Frog store. Rochester wants you to have all the access you need to get your hands on a book to read.

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If you have never heard of The Little Free Library. In that case, it is a non-profit organization that fosters the love of reading in communities by offering you the opportunity to build or buy a library. You can put this library in your community to have a local book exchange and allow everyone access to get their hands on books to read. Did you know that a child growing up in a home without books is on average three years academically behind children that have grown up with tons of books in their home? One of the most successful ways to improve a child’s reading level is to increase their access to books.

So for today, go out and find a Little Free Library, visit your public library, head to a bookstore, or grab a book off of your bookshelf and sit down and read a book. And bonus points if it is a Dr. Seuss book! Happy reading, everyone!

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