This year, Read Across America Day celebrated 20 years!!
The National Education Association has promoted reading in this nation wide event every year on March 2nd, Dr. Seuss’ birthday!
Why celebrate Dr. Seuss on Read Across America Day? According to the NEA, “People of all ages love his books…When we celebrate Dr. Seuss and reading, we send a clear message to America’s children that reading is fun and important.”
Although Read Across America Day is officially March 2nd, many schools and educational outlets celebrate the whole week long! The schools in the country that are not in session on that date, due to the tail end of February vacation, usually celebrate the following week. After all, it would be a shame to miss such a bookish event!
Among all the reading that takes place, schools often have Seuss themed activities happening during the week as well. Examples of activities we have heard about include: Wear You Hair Like a Who Day, Cat in the Hat – Hat Day, and Dress Like Your Favorite Seuss Character Day!
Some schools even have birthday cake in honor of Dr. Seuss!