• Download DoDEA's Read Across America Toolkit for lesson plans, activities, tips for getting children to read, and for ways to celebrate at home, in school, or in your community.


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Read Across America, March 2, 2012

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You're never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read with a child.

Read Across America Day is celebrated every year on March 2nd to commemorate the birthday of Theodore Seuss Geisel, or as he is more commonly known, Dr. Seuss. This year the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) will join the National Education Association (NEA) and other K-12 schools across the United States and in a day of reading, learning and fun!

Today is agreat day to have your child revisit his or her favorite book, take a trip to your local library and discover a new book, or even try reading one of your favorite books from when you were a child! The most important thing is to start reading and remember to have fun!

Encouraging Your Child to Read

Reading is an important life skill. Whether you read for pleasure or as a requirement for school you can always discover something new when you read.

  1. If your child is less than enthusiastic about reading, try some of these helpful tips to get them off the couch and reading a book in no time at all!

  2. Find out why your child doesn't want to read. Is it because they find it boring, or is there a deeper issue? Finding out these reasons is important in getting your child to read.
  3. Find books that are recommended by children, parents and even celebrities! Find out who your child's favorite athletes, musicians and celebrities are and what they enjoy reading. Your child may enjoy reading these books as well. Look for books that have a novelty factor-like furry or sparkly covers, accessories and pop-up features.
  4. Offer Rewards for Reading. You might try offering rewards after children read a certain number of books. Perhaps they could win a treat each time they complete one. You could also try giving them a short quiz to test whether or not they understood the story after they complete a book. Many libraries also have book clubs for kids to encourage them to read during the summer. Children can win prizes for reading a certain number of books during these events. Check with your local library to learn more.
  5. Look for books that coincide with TV shows and movies. Even if your children love movies or television shows more than books that's okay. There are a number of publications available that tie-in with books and TV shows and may spark their interest. You can find everything from tie-in novels, to new stories, companion guides, and publications that look behind-the-scenes.
  6. Find books that are similar to their hobbies. Some children have a hard time being motivated about reading fiction, but they might enjoy reading about non-fiction topics. Also try to take them to places relating to their interests to encourage them even more.
  7. Make sure children read books outside of what is recommended for school. Often summer reading lists are what teachers and parents think students should read but are not often what children want to read. Make sure your child is reading books that they enjoy in addition to these summer reading lists.

Most importantly, be enthusiastic about reading. If your children see that you seem to enjoy it that feeling might just rub off on your kids!