When I was a little girl, there was little I loved more than books. Maybe music or sugar, but that’s about it. Books were my friends and the pathways to my (very active) imagination. You could always find me with my head in a book — even at the dinner table or in the bathroom. That last one may have been TMI, but you get the point. I absolutely loved to read.
As parents, my husband and I do everything we can to instill a love of reading in our kids, and that can be a challenge in this day of electronic everything and a million distractions equipped with a screen. So I was happy to learn that March 3 is Read Across America Day, a day recognized by schools nationwide to promote literacy. Many schools will also take the opportunity to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday with a variety of events and activities.
Dr. Seuss has been a staple of my reading collection since I was little, and when I had my oldest daughter, his books became a staple of hers, too. We have everything from “The Cat in the Hat” to “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish,” and “Oh Say Can You Say.” They are the kind of books that kids can read by themselves pretty early on, and they also make for hilarious story time, especially when the reader gets into character.
As you can see, my daughter has already made it her mission to help baby Juliza love Dr. Seuss and reading as well. Juliza isn’t the most attentive listener (yet!), but nonetheless, Ja’Naya enjoyed reading a new addition to our Dr. Seuss collection, “Happy Birthday to You.”
Walmart is doing its part to celebrate Read Across America Day and Dr. Seuss as well. In honor of the occasion, all regular priced Dr. Seuss beginner books will be on sale for $5 (normally $8.99), and Dr. Seuss board books will be $3.50 (regularly $4.99).
Your child can also sign up for Dr. Seuss’s Birthday Club, an online membership that comes with a ton of cool benefits, including exclusive birthday-themed activities and crafts, activities based on a monthly Dr. Seuss Birthday Book of the Month, and a chance to win the ultimate Dr. Seuss Birthday Party prize pack.
So, do you plan to celebrate Read Across America Day with your kids? How do you instill a love of reading in them every day?
DISCLOSURE: As a participant in the Walmart Moms Program, I’ve received product samples and compensation for my time and efforts in creating this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.