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7 Ways to Mark Read Across America Day

A week of activities in celebration of the power and pleasure of literacy

By Ashly Moore Sheldon • February 28, 2023

We're celebrating Read Across America Day! The official day is March 2, the birthday of children's book author Dr. Seuss, but we're making a party of it with a week's worth of activities to honor the power and pleasure of reading.

1. Revisit your favorite childhood books.

Rereading the books that delighted us as kids never gets old. Whether for beautiful artwork, comforting themes, captivating stories, or laugh-out-loud comedy, they still land perfectly after all these years. Here are some of our favorites. What are some of yours?

2. Choose a good read-aloud to enjoy with your clan (instead of watching TV).

There's a reason that audiobooks are so popular! The experience of some books is just better when they're read aloud. And there's nothing quite so bonding as enjoying a read-aloud with your loved ones. These are some great novels to enjoy with a range of ages.

3. Visit your local library.

With online reservation systems, digital subscription services, and a wealth of edifying events to attend, library systems are getting more and more important to our communities. Celebrate literacy by taking a trip to your local library, and be sure to check out their event calendar.

4. Reread the first book you fell in love with.

Who knows when love will strike? Whether as children, teens, or adults, we all remember the books that worked their way into our hearts and the way we never wanted them to end. We probably even have a dog-eared copy sitting on our bookshelves. This is the perfect week to give it another read! Here are a few of ours. What are yours?

5. Check out recommendations from Read Across America.

The purpose of Read Across America is to "create and celebrate a nation of diverse readers." Check out their search tool for finding books offering specific perspectives and themes, as well as ideas for celebrating all year. The website also offers twelve months of recommended books, authors, and teaching resources that promote diversity and inclusion. Each month includes a book recommended for elementary, middle grade, and YA reading levels. March's books include:

  • Dream Street by Tricia Elam Walker (elementary)—A caring community of neighbors invite, nurture, celebrate, share, and listen to each other's dreams.
  • Karthik Delivers by Sheela Chari (middle grade)—Over the course of a summer, a fourteen-year-old boy makes deliveries for his father's ailing Indian grocery store and secretly takes the lead in a local play.
  • We Weren't Looking to Be Found by Stephanie Kuehn (YA)—Two struggling teens from very different backgrounds find themselves looking for answers and hope at a treatment facility in rural Georgia.

6. Share a recent favorite with a friend.

Often when we're enjoying a really good read, we're wishing we could discuss it with someone. Well there's an easy solution to that. Share your new favorites with someone in your life who you think would also love it. Here are a few books we've recently gifted to people in our lives:

Take a look here for more of our favorite reads from 2022. What are your favorite books from the past year?

7. Find your own new favorite!

One of the best ways to celebrate reading is to discover new literature to love. Here are some current bestsellers we're excited to get our hands on:

Celebrate the joys of reading and literacy with books, new and old, that captivate, entertain, and inform.

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