We love to Read Across America

Read Across America 2016

Read Across America is one of my favorite reading celebrations. It’s entertaining and creative and a little wacky. My son has done fun projects, from decorating a “Cat in the Hat” hat in preschool to reading about the real life of Theodor Seuss Geisel. “I admire Dr. Seuss because he made the Grinch and the Grinch is funny,” he wrote when he was in the third grade.

On March 2, let’s settle down with a good book and celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday with Read Across America Day. This year’s focus is on Dr. Seuss’ newly discovered book, “What Pet Should I Get.”

In the free downloadable “Read Across America 2016 Classroom Activity Guide,” you’ll find a lot of ideas and tips for celebrating reading, pets, and imagination.

Here are some great ideas from this guide for kids that combine reading, animals, and imagination:

* Read to your pet. Build your speaking confidence by reading out loud to your dog, cat, or favorite stuffed animal. Pets enjoy the sound of your voice and you’ll have a devoted audience.

* Tell animal tails. Write a story from your pet’s point of view. Include animal facts and experiences with your own pets.

* Imagine a perfect pet. Create a new fantastic pet of your own. Describe its size, shape, attributes, personality, behavior, and appetites, and then write a how-to guide for caring for this special pet.

* Draw pet portraits. Using a photograph of a pet or animal, draw a pet portrait with Dr. Seuss’ whimsical style.

* Help animals in need. Support your local animal shelter by hosting a “Read for the Animals Read-a-thon” or creating artwork as a fundraiser. You could even make a class booklet about caring for pets and being a responsible pet owner.

And before you put your book in a nook… give your book a special look! Check out Avery’s free printable Reading Awareness labels and bookplates for your books.

Dr. Seuss declared, “You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read with a child.” What will you read today? And where? And why?

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