Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Read Across America Day

Reading is a wonderful thing.  How else can you visit faraway places without ever leaving your bed?

Yesterday (March 3rd) was Read Across America Day, an initiative created by the National Education Association (NEA).  It's observed on the school day which falls nearest to March 2nd, which happens to be the birthday of Dr. Seuss.  No coincidence.  

What started as a one-day event, Read Across America has grown into a nationwide program promoting reading year after year.  This year, over 45 million, students, teachers, parents, and fans of reading in general celebrated the event.  

The goal of the NEA's Read Across America program is to help children know that reading is important and that reading is fun!  Oh yeah, and you're never to old - or to young - to pick up a book and read to a child.  AND a child is never to young to be read to.

We started with Emma when she was just a baby, and continue to read to her every night.  Either Mommy or Daddy crawl into bed with her and read a book before turning the lights off and tucking her in.  We plan to continue to read to Emma, and will start reading to Sage as soon as he is here.

In addition to simply being something we enjoy doing with Emma, I know that reading has many benefits.  According to the NEA, students who do more reading at home generally have higher math scores than others.  Not to mention scoring higher in reading proficiency!

Unfortunately, statistics show that as kids get older, they don't read for fun as often.  The NEA suggests making reading fun, so that story time is something that you and your child look forward to.

Emma is getting her first Pete the Cat book (a Cloud 9 fan favorite character, for sure) in her Easter Basket this year - Pete the Cat:  Big Easter Adventure.  She already loves our finger puppet books and I'm sure she is going to be a big Pete fan, too!

We have a great selection of books for children at Cloud 9 - both in-store and online.  So whether you read from a Nook, or from an actual book, stories about crooks, or books to help you cook... (OK, I'll stop now).

What are your child's favorite books?  What are some of your favorite books when you were a kid?

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