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On March 2nd hundreds of schools and libraries will be participating in the national reading program, Read Across America, created by the National Education Association
Read Across America
Read Across America Day is meant to inspire and encourage students to read. The program first began in 1998 to foster the love of reading among students. Every year sponsors from national nonprofits and associations team up with educators to support the initiative, all with the same goal–inspiring the next generation to fall in love with reading!
The National Education Association chose March 2nd because it is the birthdate of prominent children’s book author Dr. Seuss. This day is also considered Dr. Seuss Day to celebrate Theodor Seuss Geisel’s contributions as a children’s book author.
Dr. Seuss and Cat in the Hat
Theodor Seuss Geisel was born in 1904 in Springfield, Massachusetts. After WWII, Seuss began writing children’s books using the pen name Dr. Seuss. In 1954, Dr. Seuss wrote Cat in the Hat using 236 words deemed most important for first-graders to learn. He was inspired to write Cat in the Hat in response to the Life magazine’s article claiming that children weren’t reading as much because they found most children’s books boring.
As one of the best selling children’s books of all time, Cat in the Hat has sold over 7.2 million copies.
Celebrate Read Across America and Dr. Seuss Day! Download the free Dr. Seuss Poster and check out our list of 2019 books you can read with students during this year’s Read Across America.
- Alma and How She Got Her Name by Juana Martinez-Neal
- Baby Monkey Private Eye by Brian Selznick and David Serlin
- The Fox on the Swing by Evelina Daciūtė
- Good Rosie by Kate DiCamillo
- Imagine! by Raúl Colón
- Book of the Boy by Catherine Gilbert Murdock
- Tiger v. Nightmare by Emily Tetri
- The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle
- Front Desk by Kelly Yang
- Ana Maria Reye Does Not Live in a Castle by Hilda Eunice Burgos
- The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
- Hurricane Child by Kheryn Callender
- The Night Diary by Katherine Marsh
- They Call Me Güero by David Bowles
- The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo