Reading Celebrations Help Kids Discover the Joy of Books

In the last week, there have been two national and international reading celebrations. March 2 was Read Across America Day, and March 3 was World Book Day.

As part of its Read Across America reading program, the National Education Association (NEA) sponsored Read Across America Day, which coincides with the birthday of Dr. Seuss. More than 45 million teachers, parents and students were expected to participate in events geared toward "getting young people excited about reading."

World Book Day was celebrated in the UK and Ireland. Like the Read Across America program, the goal is to help children develop strong reading habits. Tokens for books are given to school children as one way to encourage reading.

Parents, especially mothers, are influential in helping children develop reading skills and in becoming lifelong readers. Consider these facts about children's literacy from the NEA:
  • According to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a divison of the U.S. Department of Education1, children who are read to at home enjoy a substantial advantage over children who are not.
  • 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 U.S. Department of Education found that, generally, the more students read for fun on their own time, the higher their reading scores. Between 1984 and 1996, however, the percentage of 12th grade students reporting that they "never" or "hardly ever" read for fun increased from 9 percent to 16 percent.
How inspired you to read when you were young? What was your favorite book? What's your favorite way to teach kids about the benefits and pleasures of reading? Share your ideas! #amwriting #amreading

1 comment:

  1. When I was young I checked the same book out of the library repeatedly. It was about an angel statue in a park that came alive to help a child. I still remember the illustrations but not the name.