Read Across America 2013

Read Across America

March 1 is the 16th annual Read Across America Day, sponsored by the National Education Association. This year’s theme is “Grab your Hat and Read with the Cat!” Here are some activities you can do to celebrate reading and make books fun!

* Visit a storytime or watch “Seussical”. In Honolulu, Barnes and Noble at Kahala Mall is celebrating Dr. Seuss’ birthday with a “Green Eggs and Ham” storytime on March 2 @ 11 am. On Maui, Barnes and Noble in Lahaina has a storytime on March 2 @ 10 am. In Kapolei, watch a special performance of songs from the musical “Seussical” at the Kapolei Public Library at 10:30 am, by students from the Performing Arts Center of Kapolei (PACK).

* Read aloud with your children. PBS’ “Between the Lions” show has some great suggestions for reading aloud: Turn off the TV and radio. Find a quiet, comfortable space. Read slowly and with expression. Create different voices for different characters. Let kids hold the book or turn the pages. Point to words on the page and explain unfamiliar words. Ask kids questions about the story and what they liked about it.

* Make a Cat in the Hat Pop-up. You can make a Cat in the Hat Pop Up craft using a toilet paper roll, paper, crayons, and a dowel (or chopstick). “Stuff by Ash” lets us download a free template to color, cut, and paste and add some Suess-tastic excitement to our day.

* Travel across America by reading books that take place in different states. LaFayette, New York teacher Erin McQuiston and Westmoreland, Tennessee librarian Donna McCrory compiled a 50 State Booklist. Here are the books they highlight for Hawaii:“Pearl Harbor” by Deborah Hopkinson: “Under the Blood Red Sun” by Graham Salisbury; “The Broccoli Tapes” by Jan Slepian; “The Story of the U.S.S. Arizona” by Conrad Stein; and “The Last Princess: The story of Princess Ka’iulani of Hawai’i” by Fay Stanley.

* Share Read Across America bookmarks. You can never have enough books – or bookmarks! Download and print “Read Across America” bookmarks to share with family and friends. Add a special message or book recommendation on the back. Or share a “Bookmark the Facts” bookmark with kids to help them remember the books they read.

Let’s read to our children – or have them read to us – today and every day!

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