Have you heard? Do you know?
March 2nd is Read Across America Day!
Read Across America is an annual reading motivation and awareness program that encourages every child to celebrate reading on the birthday of the legendary Dr. Suess.
According to the NEA website, children who are read to at home enjoy a substantial advantage over children who are not:
- Twenty-six percent of children who were read to three or four times in the last week by a family member recognized all letters of the alphabet. This is compared to 14 percent of children who were read to less frequently.
- The NCES also reported that children who were read to frequently are also more likely to:
count to 20, or higher than those who were not (60% vs. 44%)
write their own names (54% vs. 40%)
read or pretend to read (77% vs. 57%)
- According to NCES, only 53 percent of children ages three to five were read to daily by a family member (1999). Children in families with incomes below the poverty line are less likely to be read to aloud everyday than are children in families with incomes at or above poverty.
- The more types of reading materials there are in the home, the higher students are in reading proficiency, according to the Educational Testing Service.
- The Educational Testing Services reported that students who do more reading at home are better readers and have higher math scores; however, students read less for fun as they get older.
Library, schools, and bookstores across the nation host reading activities for kids of all ages. Give your local library a call and see how they are celebrating this year. Also, the NEA’s Read Across America website offers parents and teachers resources to help encourage kids to keep reading throughout the year. Go check it out!
Now, go grab your kiddo and a few of their favorite books and make a plan to start reading (and keep reading!) on March 2nd!