National Reading Month (and more)

March 1, 2013 by edotgdot

Ready, set…read!


March 1 marks the first day of the 16th annual National Education Association’s (NEA) National Reading Month, a program with the aim of encouraging children and teens to read. In honor of Dr. Seuss’s birthday, March 1st is the kickoff and deemed National Read Across America Day, where there will be events throughout the nation.

Here are ways you can participate:

Visit the NEA’s website: they offer resources such as tips to get your child reading, calendars, certificates, and book lists.


Be creative. Parade magazine also posted creative ways to get involved like hosting a book swap or forming a family book club.


Go to your local public library with your child in tow: chances are, they are hosting an event or simply check out new reading material.


Get digital. Auryn Inc., a leading digital publisher of children’s storybook apps for iPads and tablets, is supporting global reading programs by offering a new storybook app title from their collection *free* each day during the month of March.

Incidentally, March is also Women’s History Month and Irish-American Heritage Month so you could consider finding books that focus on one of these timely themes as well. And it just so happens that National Reading Month coincides with National Frozen Food Month so why not read to your child and enjoy a frozen pizza afterward? Seems like a sensible combination to me.


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