March is National Reading Month
In honor of Dr. Seuss’s birthday, March is designated as National Reading Month – a month to motivate Americans of all ages to read every day.
Reading has many benefits, regardless of age. It is a critical component of education and also of professional development. Reading has immediate and long-lasting health benefits such as increased cognitive function, memory, vocabulary, empathy and decreased stress levels.
According to the Children’s Reading Foundation, “Academically, children who are not reading on grade level by the end of third grade struggle in every class, year after year, because over 85 percent of the curriculum is taught by reading. Reading is the skill by which students get information from books, computers, worksheets and boards to learn math, science, literature, social studies and more.”
National Reading Month is an important opportunity for parents, educators, and community members to come together and celebrate the joy of reading. By promoting reading as a fun and engaging activity, we can help instill a lifelong love of books and learning in children and adults alike.
Read Across America Day and
Dr. Seuss’s Birthday
Read Across America Day promotes literacy and encourages children to read. The event also celebrates the birthday of Dr. Seuss; the famous children’s author was born on March 2, 1904.