If you’ve got a child who you want to read, now is the time to pop into a library or book store to enjoy the many programs that the National Education Association is doing with Read Across America. They started this program in May of 1997 to create a day that celebrates reading. They decided to place it on or near Dr. Seuss’ birthday, which is March 2. This year the program kick-off was today, on March 1.
Certainly, many historic figures have made a big deal out of reading. Harry Truman, for instance, wrote a number of articles about the importance of reading. In one letter that the Shapell Manuscript Foundation has in its collection, Truman wrote, “I’ll be glad to accept the set of the “Complete Works of Abraham Lincoln” by John G. Nicolay and John Hay. They will be exceedingly useful here for what we are trying to do, which is a history of the Presidency… I have all the other Lincoln biographies but this one.”
Today, the Read Across America program is a great excuse to get the kids out and reading. Here is a list to get started of the top 10 children’s books that teachers in America most recommend.
- Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
- Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
- The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
- Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
- Good Night Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
- I Love You Forever by Robert N. Munsch
- Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
- Oh! The Places You Will Go by Dr. Seuss
- The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton
- The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg
Happy Reading Day!