Huntington Learning Center Celebrates Read Across America

Huntington Learning Center joins teachers, educators, parents, children and others around the country to celebrate Read Across America, the annual reading motivation and awareness program created by the National Education Association (NEA). 

Historically, Read Across America Day has been recognized on the birthday of Theodor Seuss Geisel, also known as Dr. Seuss, the beloved children’s author. 

The NEA event is now considered a year-round reading program intended to motivate children and teens to read through events, partnerships and reading resources. To celebrate a diverse nation of readers, NEA created the Read Across America 2018-2019 Calendar with recommended books, activities, authors and teaching resources that represent an array of experiences and cultures. 

“We are a nation of diverse people and backgrounds, which is what makes our country so special,” says Eileen Huntington of Huntington Learning Center. “Huntington is pleased to celebrate Read Across America and share the NEA’s reading calendar and other resources with students as a way to broaden their horizons and enrich their reading experiences. And of course, at the heart of our celebration is honoring Dr. Seuss, who entertained and inspired readers young and old with his gift of storytelling and making us smile. We proudly recognize Read Across America in his name.”   

To encourage children to adopt a regular reading habit, we offer parents these tips: 

  • Go to the library. Make regular trips to the library a part of your family routine. Parents should let their children choose their own books and lean on the librarians for good suggestions.
  • Make reading a nightly ritual. A reading habit has many benefits for children. Parents can make it a family activity to turn off the electronics, get cozy and read for 30 minutes before bedtime.
  • Build the library. Parents can encourage reading by making sure their children are never short on reading material. Build the collection with both favorite books and magazines.
  • Participate in library activities. Libraries usually offer a range of activities for children and teens, including book clubs, author events and read-a-thons. These kinds of activities can be fun for children and a wonderful way to associate reading with enjoyment.
  • Keep reading aloud. There’s something special about reading a “family” book together. Even as children grow older, this is an enjoyable way for children and parents to connect over something in common.
  • Talk about books. Sure, children write book reports in school, but it’s also fun for them to be able to talk with their parents about what they read. Parents can offer a listening ear and make the books their children read part of their dinner conversation.

March includes several other reading and literacy programs, including National Reading Month, Women’s History Month and World Poetry Day (March 21).   

To learn more about Read Across America, visit www.nea.org/readacross. To view the Read Across America 2018-2019 Calendar, visit www.readacrossamerica.org

About Huntington

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