The National Education Association’s Read Across America Day (Friday, March 1) is one of my favorite times of the year. While I’ve always enjoyed reading, I love sharing this joy with others — especially children.
I was very disappointed last year when my daughter’s first-grade teacher opted to have many of the children go to the movies to see The Lorax instead of sticking with a previously scheduled day of reading Dr. Seuss books in the classroom. I had prepared for weeks by printing activity sheets and getting some hats for the kids, just for it to be canceled at the very last minute. Doing it on another day wasn’t really a problem, but then it wouldn’t have been Read Across America Day anymore — I’m just saying.
So to avoid any disappointment this year I decided that I would just do something with my daughter Torie and any of her friends who would like to join us. We will kick off our tour of Philadelphia library branches, that we hope to finish before next Read Across America Day. There are more than 50 sites and we’ve only been to three, including the Central Branch on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
Also we’ve read Disney’s version of Aladdin in preparation of going to see Grover Washington Middle School’s performance of it Saturday afternoon. The school is at 201 E. Olney Ave.,
Philadelphia, PA 19120. Shows will be on Friday, March 1 at 7 p.m. and a matinee Saturday, March 2 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $2 for students and $5 for adults. (Call 215-456-0423 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for tickets.)
Torie loves live entertainment and I expect that a show being performed by her peers should draw some squeals from her.
Reading opens up new worlds to young and old alike. Whether you’re into facts or fiction, picture books or self-help, bios or romance — there is literally something for everyone. It also doesn’t matter what format you enjoy either because most libraries have electronic offerings available to loan.
So this weekend we will take in a show, observe Read Across America Day and celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday (which is March 2, and the reason for having Read Across America during this time) Hope you join all of the page-turning fun.