National Read Across America Day is an annual American holiday dedicated to reading books. Literature is a unique cultural asset in written form, which has absorbed those sentiments in society and features of the world order, traceable during the life and work of a variety of authors. The holiday is celebrated on March 2.
The history of National Read Across America Day is widely known. The NEA took the initiative to create this holiday in 1998. The birthday of the famous children’s author Dr. Seuss was chosen as the day of celebration. The purpose of the holiday is to introduce children to literature. Today is a day dedicated to the promotion of books and reading in general. Researchers point out that today’s generation of people are non-readers. Now there are various educational resources, social networks and so on. Books have become less popular, and the holiday is designed to correct this misunderstanding!
Books are a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the past (they can be a guide to history) or to distract from reality to travel through the fabulous world of the author, created by himself. There are a lot of options! Reading allows you not only to relax and forget about problems, but to look at the modern world in a different way. Authors often put into their works deep thoughts and reflections on the most important problems of mankind, and from them you can learn something for yourself.
- Experts say that the fastest way to accustom a child to reading books is from 3 to 6 years.
- The earliest books were clay tablets with text found in Mesopotamia. They are about 5,000 years old.
- In the ancient world, books were highly valued and were often chained to shelves to prevent their loss and protect them from theft.
How to celebrate
On National Read Across America Day, read Dr. Seuss’ children’s tales with your children. Distract yourself on this day by reading interesting literature. Choose your favorite genre, work and immerse yourself in the wonderful world created by the author.
Spread the word on social media. Ask other users what their favorite book is.
When is National Read Across America Day celebrated in 2024?
National Read Across America Day is associated with the anticipation of happiness and joy. It is observed on March the 2nd each year.