National Read Across America Day is coming up on Tuesday, March 2, 2021. This day is also known as Dr. Seuss Day because it is Dr. Seuss’s birthday. On this day, people around the country celebrate his birthday by having reading events, participate in reading activities & art projects, and much more. It is truly a great day to have fun reading, find new books, and explore the various elements of those books. It is celebrated in classrooms across the country, but it can also be easily celebrated right in your own home!
In honor of National Read Across America Day, here is a list of some great books that you and your children can dig into together. The books on this list are geared towards children ages 8 and under, but they really can be enjoyed by anyone of any age.
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- The Pinkalicious series by Victoria Kann
- Sometimes I Like to Curl Up in a Ball by Vicki Churchill
- Dinosaur vs The Potty by Bob Shea
- How to Catch a Unicorn by Adam Wallace and Andy Elkerton
- The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
- Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney
- There’s a Wocket in My Pocket! by Dr. Seuss
- Gregory, the Terrible Eater by Mitchell Sharmat
- But No Elephants by Jerry Smath
- A Pocket for Corduroy by Don Freeman
- The Elephant and Piggie series by Mo Willems
For older elementary-aged kids, check out 2 Must Read Family Books.
You can also participate in some National Read Across America Day family activities together. The day is not all about reading, but it is also about celebrating books in various ways. The great thing about this day is that you can participate in the activities right at home or around your neighborhood.
- Create Dr. Seuss Day-inspired snacks together – try making Green Eggs and Ham!
- Recreate your favorite book using props and clothing from around your house
- Draw your favorite scene from a book that you like to read
- Go outside and create your favorite book character out of snow. You can add some food coloring to color the snow to match the character’s features.
- Participate in a scavenger hunt around your neighborhood using items that are in your favorite book. See if you can find those same items around your neighborhood.
- Head to your local library in order to explore new books. The Brown County Library has tons of different books for everyone in your family to check out. They even have a new drive-up pick-up window at the Central location in order to pick up your holds.
Make National Read Across America Day a time to explore new books and have fun as a family. There are thousands of books waiting for you to check them out and explore!