“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” National Education Association’s Read Across America Week, which is nationally observed the first week of March, is coming to close, but our appreciation for literacy, especially among our students and young adults shouldn’t.

Though it’s fun to dress up as your favorite Dr. Seuss character and celebrate his birthday by reciting your favorite lines you heard over and over as a child, reading across America should not be limited to a single week in March. 

It’s important to foster good reading habits in your child while they are young. Teach them that they can pick up a story any day of the week just for fun. By allowing them to be entertained in this way, you are also expanding their vocabulary, their imaginations, and introducing them to new ideas and concepts almost effortlessly. Daily reading doesn’t only improve a child’s learning and comprehension skills, it opens up choices for them. Giving them a diverse array of authors and subject matters helps broaden their horizons in more ways than we can count on paper. 

While some parents may have encouraged their child to pick up a book each day this week, several community organizations visited schools to read to students in their downtime, and many teachers included fun activities in their classrooms to promote reading, this is an event that we can make room for every week throughout the year. Volunteer to read at the school without having a national celebration to prompt it. Introduce your child to the local library and allow them time to peruse the shelves each week. Volunteer or donate to your local library. Keep your child interested and engaged in their own education. 

Your child’s mind is taking in the most during his or her first five to seven years. By promoting healthy reading and learning habits early on, essentially your child’s education and future are in your hands. As a parent, it’s up to you to encourage reading at home. It’s up to you to encourage reading for fun. Dr. Seuss said it best, “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”

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