George R.R. Martin once said a reader lives a thousand lives before he dies…the man who never reads lives only one.
It’s never too late to pick up a book, especially with national “Read Across America Day” just around the corner.
National Read Across America Day is an annual event that is part of Read Across America, an initiative on reading that was created by the national education association.
Background on Read Across America:
NEA’s Read Across America is an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on March 2, the birthday of beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss. NEA’s Read Across America also provides NEA members, parents, caregivers, and children the resources and activities they need to keep reading on the calendar 365 days a year.
In May 1997, a small reading task force at NEA came up with a big idea. “Let’s create a day to celebrate reading,” the group decided. The NEA decided to celebrate the day on dr. Suess’s birthday. So, March 2, 1998, has become the largest celebration of reading this country has ever seen.
The purpose of Read Across America:
Motivating children to read is an important factor in student achievement and creating lifelong successful readers. Research has shown that children who are motivated and spend more time reading do better in school.
You can read more on read across america at the NEA’s wesbite: http://www.nea.org/grants/read-across-background.html