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Read Across America

Since today is dedicated to reading, I thought I’d tell a bit of the history of Read Across America Day, some quotes on reading, tips, and list a few books that I find worthy of reading.

Read Across America is an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on March 2, the birthday of beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss. In May 1997, a small reading task force at NEA came up with an idea. They decided that since there were pep rallies to get kids excited about sports and such, that a day should be dedicated to get kids excited about reading. They decided to have the day fall on March 2nd, the birthday of beloved author Dr. Seuss. When this happened on March 2nd, 1998, it was the largest celebration of reading America had ever seen.

However, I don’t think this is just a day where only children can celebrate the love of reading. While it is important that children learn to read and do it often, it’s equally important that adults read to broaden their horizons. Reading is one of the best things anyone can develop a love for. There is nothing like opening a book and being transported to a different city, state, country, or world. If children are taught that reading is important when they are young, then later in life, they may just want to read every book they get their hands on.

To get in the habit of reading, take a book with you wherever you go. This is a great way to always have reading material on hand, and it will help pass the time quickly. You can also make a list of books you want to read, so that when you finish one book and scratch it off, you can get excited about reading the next book. Go to used bookstores. You can usually get a good deal on books, so you can still continue to read without paying the new price for them. Set aside time each day and read for ten or fifteen minutes (this will get you in the habit) and soon you may be reading for a few hours each day. If you have children, you should really read to them. It will help you bond with your child, and it will get them excited about reading. Quietness is, at least to me, important when reading. I don’t want to be interrupted by television noise and/or other things.

A few books worth reading are…

Fried Green Tomatoes, The Help, Rebecca, Night, The Secret Garden, and A Little Princess.

“The things I want to know are in books; my best friend is the man who’ll get me a book I ain’t read.” Abraham Lincoln
“You cannot open a book without learning something.” Confucius
“Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.” Groucho Marx
“I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.” Groucho Marx