It’s the beginning of March, and you know what that means! Read Across America Day/Week/Month! In the past few years, schools have dedicated a week-long list of activities to this event. Whether it was ‘Crazy Hair Day’ or ‘ Dress like A, B, C!’ if you’re anything like me, I am certain you are over it!
Today’s post will be short and sweet, complete with a list of ways your family can Read Across America.
Spoiler Alert: No one will have to dress crazy or look crazy. Crazy is optional.
- Go to a library program. If you are not sure if the library is hosting a program for this day, feel free to call or check out their website. I am 99.99999% sure all libraries are participating in this celebration.
- Create a story of your own. Maybe you have always wanted to write a book but didn’t know where to start? Grab a sheet of paper, sit down with the family, and create a story.
- Read a book from a local author. Don’t know of any local authors? Here’s a short list to get you started. Gloria Anzaldua (Mission, Tx), Oscar Casares (Brownsville, Tx), Viola Canales (McAllen, Tx), Noe Torres (Mission, Tx), Guadalupe Garcia McCall (Eagle Pass, Tx), David Bowles (Donna, Tx), Xavier Garza (Rio Grande City, Tx), Romeo Rosales Jr. (Pharr, Tx). There are so many local authors walking around us. Pick up their books, read them, and if you’re feeling generous, buy them!
- Have your child read their favorite book to you. You will be surprised at how mature they sound when they’re reading.
- Your child isn’t reading yet? Let them hold a book, flip the pages, and tell you a story….even if it doesn’t make sense.
As you can see, the list is short and sweet. And for the most part, free! My family and I will be Reading Across America by reading books by local authors! How about you?