Dear Dr. Linda,
I’m a school librarian and I wanted to remind your readers that March 2 was “Read Across America Day.” Teachers, librarians and others who read with children encourage schools, libraries and parents to celebrate this day with their children. This special date was chosen because it is the birthday of Dr. Seuss, the adored children’s author. That alone makes children smile and encourages them to pick up a book and read. Thanks so much, Nancy
Thanks so much for reminding us because this is a special day. Reading, above all else, is an essential skill for our children to learn. Yet, reading, in our country, is often taken for granted. Whether reading a book on paper or on a hand-held device, a street sign or a menu, a newspaper or a magazine, reading connects humans with the outside world.
Although reading is simply putting sounds with a group of letters and making sense of it, without it, we would have to depend on others to tell us what’s happening elsewhere, complete with their opinions and biases. By knowing how to read, our citizens can make their own educated decisions. [Read more…]