Take flight with Read Across America

Read Across America

You’re off to great places. Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting. So… get on your way!
– Dr. Seuss

No matter how old and crafty you are, you can celebrate Read Across America Day on March 2. The theme of this year’s Seussical celebration is the Dr. Seuss classic, “Oh, The Placed You’ll Go!” (which is also celebrating its 25th anniversary). The book is popular for graduations, but the book’s enthusiasm and optimism are encouraging for all ages. Take its message to heart: “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose!”

I encourage you to read every day – and let children see you reading. Whether it’s a novel, newspaper, magazine, or manual, if you set a good example, kids will learn that reading is important. They may even choose a book and read next to you! Here are 3 more things you can do to celebrate Dr. Seuss and Read Across America:

* On Oahu, Kauai, and Maui… Take a child to storytime! On February 25 at 10:30 am, the Storybook Theatre of Hawaii in Hanapepe, Kauai is celebrating their annual Read Across Kauai Literacy Day with storytelling in the Peace Garden Amphitheatre. On February 26 at 3 pm, the Mililani Public Library in Mililani, Oahu is celebrating Dr. Seuss Read Day, when special guest readers will read their favorite Dr. Seuss books. On March 2 at 7 pm, there are free storytimes at Barnes and Noble in Honolulu, Oahu and Lahaina, Maui.

* On the Big Island… Spend an afternoon reading. On March 4 from 1 to 6 pm, children who spend time reading at the Hilo Public Library in Hilo, Hawaii can receive a free gift.

* On Kauai… Sponsor a child or class to promote literacy and reading. The Storybook Theatre of Hawaii in Hanapepe, Kauai is hosting a two-month event that partners schools and classrooms with local authors. This year’s theme is environmental literacy.

* Explore the science of flight with a printable 2015 classroom activity guide from Suessville.com. Younger students could design baskets that float using helium balloons, while older students could build their own hot-air balloons. Students could also design their own mazes or learn how to make simple machines to move objects. You could even plan a field trip to the Pacific Aviation Museum at Ford Island, Oahu – on May 16, they will host Open Cockpit Day when visitors can climb into the cockpit of a historical aircraft and talk story with pilots (kama‘aina admission is $15 for adults, $10 for children).

How will you celebrate Read Across America Day? Will you read a book to a child or with a child or ask a child to read to you?

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