Get ready for a reading celebration! It’s that time of year when libraries and schools across the United States are gearing up for Read Across America events on March 2, the birthday of Dr. Seuss. Naturally, we have lots of great books to share, but don’t think we’re limiting our celebration to just one day!
Launched in 1998 by the National Education Association (NEA), Read Across America is actually a year-round initiative designed to motivate children and teens to read through events, partnerships and reading resources that are about, and for everyone. Read Across American features an expanded list of books for all children to see themselves represented and included. And it offers limitless opportunities for involvement in children’s reading throughout the year.
Of course, since NEA was originally inspired by Dr. Seuss’ birthday, the month of March has become a special time of celebration at BCLS and throughout the country. Want to join in the fun? Help celebrate National Reading Month by stopping by any library location to pick up a few good reads. Our librarians will also be happy to suggest some favorite read-aloud stories, and we certainly encourage reading aloud to children this month! For more book lists featuring diverse characters, cultures and authors, check out the We Need Diverse Books website. This nonprofit organization encourages publishers to actively choose and promote diverse authors and stories so that all children can see themselves represented. And don’t forget about our two special March 2 reading events, Read Across America Storytime at Cinnaminson Library and National Reading Month Kickoff Storytime at Pinelands Library.