Read Across America Day
Dr. Seuss Day, also known as Read Across America Day, is here! This is a day the NEA (National Education Association) celebrates yearly to call all readers to action on Dr. Seuss’s birthday.
The American poet, Dr. Seuss, has written over 64 books that are sure to be a childhood favorite. These wonderfully creative and captivating books are celebrated on this day. Another great way to acknowledge Dr. Seuss, and reading, in schools is to create a week of fun dress up days that correlate with the titles and themes of his many books. This will surely get students in schools excited and engaged! I mean, who doesn’t love a dress-up day? At my school, this week we started with pajama day to channel the theme from The Sleep book. Since, if I’m being honest, I don’t really like PJ day so without a doubt I participated by sporting some cozy adidas sweatpants and represented our new home team, Dixie State Trailblazers. Sweatpants and yogas is where it’s at for me!
Other fun dress up ideas are crazy sock day for Fox in Socks, wear green for the obvious Green Eggs and Ham, twin day for Thing 1 and Thing 2 characters in The cat in the Hat, and one of my personal favorites is to wear your favorite or dream college’s shirt or jersey for Oh, The Places You’ll Go.
Teachers and staff can get into the theme by also decorating a classroom door with a Dr. Suess title! This year, I decorated mine with a large Hat with birthday candles and the following quote:
I also always LOVE to have guest readers come in during this week to read Dr. Seuss books to my students. It is really fun to tell the students that there is a “Mystery Reader” coming to class to read. You can give them clues throughout the day as to who it is to build up the suspense. Such a fun, engaging, and memorable event to celebrate with your students of ALL ages.
We all know how much teachers love a graphic t-shirt. Furthermore, Read Across America Day, or week, is a great excuse to opt out of your typical work day clothing and instead wear a comfy t-shirt and jeans to spread the love of reading message. I mean, this is right up my ally! I highly suggest a quick browse through Amazon’s collection of Dr. Seuss and Read Across America themed t-shirts to help honor the cause.
Most educators and especially early readers are fascinated with Dr. Seuss because of his magical way of telling stories and making the gift of reading nothing but blissful. His play with words is a fun way to teach life long lessons for all ages. Creativity, fun, a wild imagination, inspiration, and pure joy captures the hearts of anyone who reads his stories. People of all ages, shapes, and sizes should join in on the fun of Read Across America. If it’s been a while since you’ve read one of Dr. Seuss’s stories, I highly suggest you take a gander through one over the next couple days. It’s sure to bring a smile to your face! Promise!
NEA’s Read Across America Video
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