by Lacy Compton
One of my favorite times of the year is swiftly approaching again: March 3 is Read Across America Day! This special day encourages teachers and parents to plan reading events and organize special activities to encourage kids to read more. There are tons of resources to help you plan a Read Across America Day to remember in your classroom or homeschool, but I encourage you to start planning now--some of the super creative ideas included here may take a little extra preparation time!
- The Plan a Reading Event page from the National Education Association has tons of ideas to help you create a Dr. Seuss-inspired reading day (The Cat in the Hat is basically the official mascot for the day).
- The Resources to Get Reading page from the NEA includes tons of helpful links for teachers. Check out the links to great booklists that might inspire even your most reluctant readers to participate.
- Share your plans and pledge to read at the Read Across America homepage. This is a great way to get your kids excited and ready to count down to March 3.
- Don't forget to see how your fellow teachers and parents have celebrated with this collection of Read Across America pins from Pinterest. My favorite might just be the idea of giving each kid a piece of tape--once they've reached their goal, they get to help "tape" the principal to the wall!
But most of all, have fun, and check back here on March 3 to see what our staff is reading!