On March 1, 2019, schools, libraries, and communities across America will celebrate literacy with the National Education Association’s Read Across America Day. Of course, reading isn’t a one-day thing. Read every day, everywhere–with books in cozy nooks, with phone apps while standing in lines, with audiobooks while driving, exercising, or doing chores. Parents, read to your children as part of your bedtime ritual. I’ve been doing that with my triplets for 14 years and we all love it. In fact, last month when I was at my book club meeting, I got a call from one of my sons asking if I could come home in time to read to them before bed.
No kids around to tuck in? Then read aloud with friends, partners, and spouses for amazing benefits! I’ve just bought The Enchanted Hour: The Miraculous Power of Reading Aloud in the Age of Distraction by Meghan Cox Gurdon and can’t wait to learn more about the benefits of reading aloud. I used to be an adult literacy tutor and we read aloud as part of our tutoring sessions. It’s fabulous time together.