As the great Dr. Seuss once said, “You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read with a child.” This is the spirit with which the National Education Association (NEA) is building a nation of readers with its Read Across America program. Although the program runs year-round, today, March 1, 2013, is Read Across America Day!
So, what should you do to celebrate this special day? READ, of course! Pick up your favorite twin-vision book, sit down with your favorite print and braille readers, and read for at least 15 minutes today. Dr. Seuss books aren’t mandatory–you can read what you wish. Don’t have a twin vision book available? Pick up your favorite book from when you were a child and read that instead: I read Roald Dahl’s The BFG to Peanut before he could walk, and Peanut and Sprout have already heard Black Beauty. Grab one of those, or Treasure Island, Little Women, The Little House on the Prairie, or another perennial favorite and start a reading tradition in your family: read a chapter or two to them each day until the book is done. Then, pick up another one!
The NFB is, of course, participating in Read Across America as well. I’ve pasted the article from The Braille Pals Buzz, 4:2, that details their plans and activities below:
Dr. Seuss’s birthday, which occurs in early March, has long been a day to celebrate literacy and sit down to enjoy a book with a budding reader. In the words of Dr. Seuss, “You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read with a child.”
This year Read Across America will be celebrated on March 1st in classrooms around the country. As in years past, the NFB will be joining other literacy enthusiasts and promoting literacy—particularly Braille literacy—on March 1st. Join in the fun and spread the good news about Braille by doing the following:
- READ 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.
- 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, post about why you love Braille and why it is important, or about anything else. We want to hear from you!
- 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.
- 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. Have fun, get creative, and show the world why Braille rocks!
We are looking forward to celebrating Read Across America and promoting Braille with you this year on March 1st! Learn more about how the NFB is celebrating Braille, Read Across America, and Dr. Seuss’s birthday at www.nfb.org/read-across-america. Don’t forget to submit your pictures and videos as well