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March is National Reading Month?

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The Detroit Public Library, LeapFrog Enterprises, which manufactures tablet computers and educational toys for children from wee tots to elementary school-age; the National PTA; and Amazon are celebrating March as National Reading Month, apparently as an extension of Read Across America Day. In so far as I can tell, the American Library Association is not promoting March as National Reading Month.

According to LeapFrog, “Each year at the beginning of March, school children kick off National Reading Month by celebrating the birthday of the beloved Dr. Seuss. Teachers will design contests, family literacy events, and even pajama & pillow days to provide cozy mornings of uninterrupted reading. With help from Read Across America, their goal is motivating kids to read every day of the year.”

In TIME’s “Living Culture” blog, Katy Steinmetz posted “9 Great Things to Read in (Roughly) 9 Minutes” on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 in “honor of National Reading Month.” Each excerpt was accompanied by a word from the passage defined by Vocabulary.com.

I also noticed the short-story writer John Wiswell is promoting March as National Novel Reading Month (NaRoReMo) in his Bathroom Monologues blog, and five other bloggers have followed his lead.

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