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March 3rd is Read Across America Day

Celebrate Dr. Suess’s birthday this March with the world’s largest reading party: the 17th annual Read Across America Day.

Literacy is a critical skill for Missouri’s students, which is why we frequently post booklists, reading tips, and other literacy-oriented information on the Missouri Parent Blog.

What’s more, parents can play a huge role in children’s reading and literacy development from infancy through adulthood. By reading to or with your child at home, taking your child to the library, and encouraging family reading time, you can help your child excel in school and, later on, in career.

Read Across America Day is an annual motivation and awareness day that calls communities to celebrate reading in honor of Dr. Suess’s birthday. It’s also a tool used by the NEA to share resources and activities with families and schools to encourage reading all year long.

Those resources include these tips on raising a reader, and a short list of book recommendations for each state.

The NEA’s recommended books about Missouri books are:

Sooner by Patricia Calvert
George Washington Carver by Lois Nicholson
On My Way Home by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Little House on Rocky Ridge by Roger MacBride
Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

For the first time this year, the NEA will also offer a tablet and mobile app that connects users to Read Across America’s literacy calendar and program resources. For a full list of reading resources from Read Across America, and to learn more about the program, click here.

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