Did you know that, according to the National Center for Education Statistics, since 1993 only 53 to 58 percent of children ages three to five are read to at home on a daily basis?! I don't know about you, but I find that a pretty terrifying thought.
Since 1998, over 50 organizations along with parents and teachers all over the country have come together on Theodore Guisel's (aka Dr. Seuss) birthday to celebrate the importance of reading and to motivate children to read. According to the National Education Association, the government organization which sponsors Read Across America 45+ million children and adults are expected to participate nationwide this year!
There's a lot of mumbo jumbo on the organization's website, but there are also some gems–including this free downloadable literacy calendar full of great pictures, quotes and activities from a whole bunch of children's authors.
Not taking part in an event? Just sit down with your child and read him or her a book of their choosing.
You can also clear out your house and do some good by donating your used children's books to Project Cicero through March 4th. All donated K-12 Books will be funneled towards under-resourced schools.