Children at schools and libraries throughout the Lehigh Valley will join millions of their peers across the country to celebrate the sixteenth annual National Education Association's (NEA) Read Across America Day on Friday, March 1, 2013, over the weekend and during the week to follow.
According to its website, the NEA, at the national level, sponsors and spearheads Read Across America with the support of over 50 national nonprofit and association partners. Schools, libraries, community centers, churches, hospitals and bookstores are invited to host events that celebrate and promote children’s reading.
The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), reports that reading to your child at home gives her a substantial advantage, with twenty-six percent of children who were read to three or four times in the last week by a family member recognized all letters of the alphabet, more likely to count to 20 or higher, write their own names, and read or pretend to read.
The more types of reading materials there are in the home, the higher students are in reading proficiency, reports the Educational Testing Service, adding that students who do more reading at home are better readers and have higher math scores.
In honor of Dr. Seuss and to celebrate the fun and value of reading, Read Across America encourages you and your family to join more than 45 million readers of all ages across the nation by picking up a book to read.
These are a few of the schools and libraries holding Read Across America events in the following days: