Do you remember the first time you picked up a book and could actually read the words, instead of just looking at the pictures? How about the first time you ever read a whole chapter book, and got to use a bookmark. There’s something truly special about holding a book in your hands and turning through the pages as you allow your imagination to create the images in your mind. Where would you be today, if you never experienced the joy of reading?
As we prepare to celebrate Read Across America, kids across the nation will open up a book, many for the first time, and discover the adventure of literacy. What began as an effort from the National Education Association (NEA) in 1997 to celebrate reading throughout the United States, continues to be a day when educators and students take the time to read something new, challenging, and inspiring. Read Across America Day began on March 2, 1998 to coincide with the birthday of beloved children’s author, Dr. Seuss.
You can celebrate Read Across America by sharing your favorite Dr. Seuss book with your kids, or the children in your life. These hardcover picture books are filled with whimsical illustrations and clever rhymes that early readers will love. Younger children will even enjoy having these stories read to them. Do you like the environmental message of The Lorax, the message of faith found in Horton Hears a Who, or the encouraging message to try new things found in Green Eggs and Ham?
Are your children getting older, and needing something more challenging than a Dr. Seuss classic? Try an early first chapter book. Adventures In Odyssey has a long track record of entertaining young minds with encouraging faith-based messages. Take a trip in time with The Imagination Station series, part of the Adventures In Odyssey saga, that takes young readers through various historical events.
More advanced readers may want to check out classics like The Chronicles of Narnia, an epic fantasy saga with Biblical allegory. How about a version of The Pilgrim’s Progress adapted for young readers? Maybe your kids are ready for the classic Little House in the Big Woods, or even The Hobbit.
As your kids get older, and their reading skills are more advanced, you will want to encourage them to spend more time in their Bibles. While they may already have a good Bible, it is never too soon to start looking for new daily devotionals, to encourage the discipline of daily Bible reading.
While Read Across America is more focused on equipping the next generation with a love of literacy, that doesn’t mean you can’t participate. Whether you are still in school, or long graduated, you can pick up a new book, and challenge yourself to read along with today’s youth. Learn life lessons biographies and memoirs, empower your faith with a Christian Living book, find your next captivating novel, or begin a new daily devotional.
What books do you plan to read for Read Across America, and what will your children read?
I began my career with Mardel in 2006, while earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma. While I love to write fiction and convey stories through novels, I also have a passion for studying philosophy, theology, and apologetics. I enjoy the faith-building resources available at Mardel, and look forward to sharing what new topics and information I’m learning.