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Sunday, March 2 Dr. Seuss Birthday kicks off 2014 Read Across America

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Dr. Seuss's birthday, Sunday March 2, 2014 will start NEA’s (National Education Association) annual Read Across America event. Monday, March 3, 2014 will be the 17th annual Read Across America Day. The Seussical celebration will kick off a week of reading across the nation as NEA members gather students, parents, schools and community members together to share their love of reading.

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Each year on to honor Dr. Seuss’ birthday, NEA members, nationwide, host school and community events designed to pay respect and reverence to the beloved children’s book author, Dr. Seuss. A celebration of a man that promoted literacy as well as changed the face of what children read and how they learn to read. NEA hopes Read Across America Day is a day for us all to help our nation’s young people become excited about reading-not just for a day but to promote literacy year-round. For the first time, NEA’s Read Across America offers a new tablet and mobile app, connecting parents with the Read Across America literacy calendar and program resources.

For the second year in a row, Read Across America, -thanks to national sponsor and dental benefits provider Renaissance Dental- is highlighting the importance of oral health and the connection between oral health and literacy. Stating, “Poor oral health is a leading cause of absenteeism in schools, causing students to lose millions of hours in critical reading instruction.”

Read Across America offers new posters, tips certificates, proclamations, bookmarks, and resources on oral health and reading at nea.org/readacross. Delta Dental will sponsor the two- week Cat-a-Van reading tour, which will travel to Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and other locations.

As Read Across America Day gets closer parents can help their children be ready to grab their hat and read with the Cat in the Hat on Monday, March 3, 2014 for the 17th annual Read Across America Day. Visit your local library and check out some of your child’s favorite Dr. Seuss books for a Sussational reading home adventure all week long.

Random House has put together a Read Across America resources page featuring printables activity book, online activities, games and so much more.

Have your own countdown to the March 3 Read Across America Day by wearing the Cat in the Hat's famous red-and-white striped stovepipe hat. Collecting Dr. Seuss books. Then with your favorite child, read one Dr. Seuss book each evening this week. Read Across America event is held each year in honor of Theodore "Dr. Seuss" Geisel's birthday. This year could be the beginning of a life time of reading.

R.R.Cratty

Rhonda Cratty includes her experiences of 30 years of public school teaching, raising children of her own, and articles written for on-line and hard copy publications -within the pages of Learning at home. Learning at home can be purchased in print or eBook form through Amazon.com. https://www.createspace.com/4605718 http://www.amazon.com/dp/1494917203

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