Tuesday, March 2, 2021
On March 2, 2021, and throughout the week, share the joy of reading and take part in Read Across America! Sponsored by the National Education Association, this annual event is designed to promote reading and introduce children to new ideas, topics, and authors. Read Across America is built upon the theme “Create and Celebrate a Nation of Diverse Readers.” The timing of the celebration coincides with the birthday of famed children’s author Dr. Seuss.
Reading together as a family is a great way to connect with each other and to support children’s literacy skills. For very young children, read a book out loud and talk about what is happening in the pictures. For young readers, take turns reading out loud and talking about what the characters are doing. For older children, talk about a favorite book, the choices characters made, and how those choices impacted the story.
Post your favorite book on social media! Get a conversation started by sharing your favorite book from childhood or a book that made an impact on your life. To get started, the MPS Department of Communications and Marketing has assembled its own list of favorite childhood books that come highly recommended.
Billy Is a Big Boy by Don Hoffmann
Full, Full, Full of Love by Trish Cooke
The Golden Book Encyclopedia
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Anderson
Love You Forever by Robert Munsch
Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters: An African Tale by John Steptoe
Ramona the Pest series by Beverly Cleary
The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare
All books written by Roald Dahl
All books illustrated by Brian Wildsmith, especially Puzzles
Suggestions for book selections and activities are available from a number of highly respected sources. Check them out and plan an inspiring day of reading for your family!
MPS Reads: Monthly lists of suggested titles for all ages that reflect diverse characters.
Caldecott Medal: Annual awards recognizing artists for the most distinguished American picture book for children.
Coretta Scott King Book Awards: Given annually to outstanding African American authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults that demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values.
Newbery Medal: Annual awards recognizing authors for the most distinguished contributions to American literature for children.
NEA Read Across America: Suggested titles and activities for all ages.