Read Across America, Today and Everyday

Happy “Read Across America Day,” y’all! Yes, it’s true. By presidential proclamation, no less, today is a time to celebrate books and reading. Why March 2? It’s Dr. Seuss’ birthday, giving us extra reason to pick up our favorite books and read today. Theodor Geisel was born on this day in 1904 (and died Sept. 34, 1991).

Pres. Obama’s proclamation extols the virtues of reading:

Cultivation of basic literacy skills can begin early and in the home. It is family who first instills the love of learning in our future leaders by engaging children in good reading habits and making reading a fun and interactive activity. Regardless of language or literacy level, every adult can inspire young people to appreciate the written word early in life. Parents and mentors can help build fundamental skills by reading aloud to children regularly, discussing the story, and encouraging children to ask questions on words or content they do not understand. By passing a passion for literature on to our sons and daughters, we prepare them to be lifelong, successful readers, and we provide them with an essential skill necessary for academic achievement.

So, what are you waiting for? Whether it’s a Dr. Seuss classic or a more recent favorite, we want to see your faces buried in those pages today. And don’t forget, it shouldn’t take a presidential order to crack open a book! Even the youngest children benefit from being read to.

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