Raising Awareness About the Importance of Reading Through Events
The National Education Association’s Read Across America Day is a nationwide reading celebration that takes place annually on March 2—Dr. Seuss’s birthday. Across the country, thousands of schools, libraries, and community centers participate by bringing together kids, teens, and books, and you can too! Incorporate these guides and activities to celebrate reading with young people.
D.E.A.R., “Drop Everything and Read,” is a national month-long celebration of reading designed to remind folks of all ages to make reading a priority activity in their lives. D.E.A.R. programs have been held nationwide on April 12 in honor of Beverly Cleary’s birthday, since she first wrote about D.E.A.R. in Ramona Quimby, Age 8 (pages 40-41). Inspired by letters from readers sharing their enthusiasm for the D.E.A.R. activities implemented in their schools, Mrs. Cleary decided to give the same experience to Ramona and her classmates. As D.E.A.R. has grown in popularity and scope, the program has expanded to span the entire month of April...offering classrooms and communities additional time to celebrate!