Tuesday, February 28, 2012


I like the month of March.  A lot.  The month of March holds my birthday, both of my children's birthdays, and our wedding anniversary.  We didn't plan it that way, but March certainly is chock-full of reminders of the many ways that my husband and I are blessed.

In case your March calendar is not as full as mine, there are two little celebrations that you can add to your schedule in the upcoming weeks.

The first celebration is NEA's Read Across America Day on March 2. Now in its thirteenth year, this year-round program focuses on motivating children and teens to read through events, partnerships, and reading resources.

NEA’s Read Across America Day, NEA’s national reading celebration takes place each year on or near March 2, the birthday of Dr. Seuss. Across the country, thousands of schools, libraries, and community centers participate by bringing together kids, teens, and books, and you can too!
"You're never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read with a child."

Keep the party going with World Read Aloud Day on March 7. World Read Aloud Day is about taking action to show the world that the right to
read and write belongs to all people. World Read Aloud Day motivates children, teens, and adults worldwide to celebrate the power of words, especially those words that are shared from one person to another, and creates a community of
readers advocating for every child’s right to a safe education and access to books and technology. Click here for more information and for ideas to inspire your celebration.

Some of my very, very, fondest memories are of reading aloud or being read to. Junie B, Charlotte's Web, Harry Potter, Skinnybones, Tuck Everlasting... I have laughed and I have cried with them. I know that you have similar memories. 

Maybe your read-aloud time has been overshadowed, shortened, or even overtaken by other curricular items.  If so, challenge yourself to find the time--make the time-- to read aloud to your students.  Celebrate books, celebrate your students.

1 comment:

  1. These are two important days-hope the newspapers tell about them too! I have shared with my staff! Have fun yourself too!