You can find magic wherever you look. Sit back and relax, all you need is a book. ~ Dr. Suess
Reading is huge in our house.
We read together for school and for fun. When the kids ask me a question that I don’t know the answer to, which seems to be a lot lately, I reach for a book instead of relying on Google, hoping to be a good example for them when they have questions in the future.
We read as a reward for good behavior and attitude. We read to take the blues and boredom away. We read to help settle our minds at the end of a long day. We read to laugh and we read to cry. We read and find those who have much in common with us and we read to learn more about those that don’t.
We all know the statistics on reading and children; it improves brain function, strengthens their vocabulary, introduces them to new ideas, helps them become better writers, teaches them about places near and far, etc., etc. the list is extremely lengthy. My motto is, as long as they are reading, I am happy because there really isn’t anything bad that comes from diving into a new book.
With that said, our next monthly mission for March is going to be focused on Literacy and all things books!
I am very excited about this because personally, reading is a huge part of my life. I spend most of my free time reading books, blogs, articles, anything I can get my hands on. On a daily basis, I try to set a good example for my children and have them see the joy that can come from seeing their mother read and enjoy herself with a new story. We take weekly trips to our local library and participate in events they have there.
We visit locally owned bookstores to find new books and meet our favorite authors.
I am the Chair of the Scholastic Book Fair at the kid’s school and I have also recently started a book club, which they see and get excited about and have expressed their interest in starting their own book club one day.
This is all very easy for me because I grew up around books and had a great role model for reading in my own mother. However, this isn’t always the case for other children around the world. Access to books and education on reading can fall to the wayside when money and time is tight. So Rachel and I are very excited to focus all of March on Literacy and bringing the love of reading and books to those that may not have access as easy as we do.
We will be kicking the month off by celebrating National Read Across America Day this week on Thursday, March 2nd. If you are not familiar with National Read Across America Day, it is an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on March 2, the birthday of beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss.
In cities and towns across the nation, teachers, teenagers, librarians, politicians, actors, athletes, parents, grandparents, and others develop NEA’s Read Across America activities to bring reading excitement to children of all ages. Governors, mayors, and other elected officials recognize the role reading plays in their communities with proclamations and floor statements. Athletes and actors issue reading challenges to young readers. And teachers and principals seem to be more than happy to dye their hair green or be duct-taped to a wall if it boosts their students’ reading.
This is just a fun way to kick off a month-long joy of reading with our children. We will also be hosting a book drive, book donation drop-offs and a number of other fun events focused around reading throughout the month so make sure to check back on Wednesday when we post the official Monthly Mission.
In the meantime, save some time this week to snuggle up and dive into a new book.
Trust us, you won’t be disappointed.