Get Ready for Read Across America

Read Across America is fast approaching!  The NFB has asked for our help in making this a day not just to share our love of reading, but also to share our love of braille.

Their email follows:

We have an opportunity to proclaim our love for Braille to the world on a day when the world, or at least the United States, is abuzz about books! The National Education Association has been celebrating Read Across America Day on Dr. Seuss’ birthday for many years. March 2–Dr. Seuss’s
birthday­falls on a Saturday this year, so the festivities will take place on
Friday, March 1 in schools and libraries around the country. As in years past, the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) will be joining in this celebration of literacy for all children­focusing particularly on the importance of Braille literacy. To ensure our message about the awesomeness of Braille is heard
around the world, we need everyone’s help!

You can join in the Read Across America fun and help spread the good news about Braille starting today by doing the following:

1.      Send in pictures of you or your child reading a Braille book near landmarks or other identifiable
places. We want to show the world that blind people read Braille across America by showcasing pictures of Braille readers in the desert, on a beach, at Disney World, at the Grand Canyon, and the like. Chosen pictures will be posted on nfb.org, on the NFB’s
Facebook page
, and tweeted by @NFB_Voice.

2.      Send us a video of your child reading Braille or showcasing how you will celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday. A selection of the submitted videos will be posted on Facebook, the NFB’s YouTube channel, and tweeted by @NFB_Voice. Josey and Angel (one Braille reader and one print reader) submitted a great video for Read Across America Day last year! Have fun, get creative, and show the world why you love Braille!

On March 1, Read Across America Day, help spread the message that Braille rocks by:

1.      READING Dr. Seuss! This is what this day is all about. You can find Dr. Seuss books in Braille online to download at Bookshare or from NLS,
and you can find hardcopy Braille books at National Braille Press.

2.      Tell us about what you are reading! Whether you are reading Dr. Seuss or not, we still want to hear about it. Post about it on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtags #Braille and #NEAReads (the official
Read Across America hashtag). You can talk about what you are reading, suggest books, ask for suggestions, or post about why you love Braille and why it is important, or about anything else. We want to hear from you!

If the whole country is talking about literacy on March 1, Braille must be a part of the conversation!

“You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read
with a child.”   –Dr. Seuss

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