Read Across America Day

Today is the National Education Association’s annual Read Across America Day.  Traditionally celebrated in conjunction with Dr. Seuss’s birthday, RAA aims to promote literacy and a love of reading by encouraging educators, parents, and communities by participating in a week of special activities.  Classrooms around the country will spend the week with some extra focus on the enjoyment of reading.  Helping children grow into lifelong readers with critical thinking skills means instilling in them a love of books at a young age.  If reading is fun and interactive, children are more likely to continue to enjoy reading into adulthood.

There is nothing quite like cuddling up with your children and some great books at the end of a long day.  Reading together is a wonderful way to spend quality time exploring the world through books.  Whether you laugh together over a silly story or inspire conversation that continues after the last page has been turned, when you read with your children you connect with them, strengthen your relationship, broaden their minds, and teach them to associate books with strong positive feelings.

In honor of Read Across America Day, I’d like to share some of the books my daughters and I enjoy together.  Maybe you will find something new to share with a child in your life!

1.  The Day the Crayons Quit:  Our all time favorite book, and not just because I love color but also because I love listening to my children laugh and giggle, especially when we get to the nude crayon.

The Day the Crayons Quit

The Day the Crayons Quit

2.  Iggy Peck Architect and Rosie Revere Engineer:  Both of these are absolutely well written and beautifully illustrated.  Iggy Peck and Rosie Revere never give up and teach that when something fails, you have to try again.

Iggy Peck Architect

Iggy Peck Architect

Rosie Revere Engineer

Rosie Revere Engineer

3.  We Are in a Book!  Anything written by Mo Willems is a hit in our house.  Elephant & Piggie bring more giggles and great interaction between the children.  We also can’t forget the Knuffle Bunny series by Mo Willems.

We Are in a Book

We Are in a Book!

4.  Mercy Watson Goes for a Ride  A great chapter book for your kids.

Mercy Watson Goes for a Ride

Mercy Watson Goes for a Ride

5.  Dear Mr. Blueberry  An adorable story of a young girl named Emily and her teacher, Mr.Blueberry, who exchange letters during the summer about a whale in her pond.  This is a joy to read, so sweet and innocent!

Dear Mr. Blueberry

Dear Mr. Blueberry

6.  Pete the Cat  Mikayla, my youngest daughter, loves the rhyming and song throughout the Pete the Cat series of books.

Pete the Cat and His Magic Sunglasses

Pete the Cat and His Magic Sunglasses

7.  Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon  Molly Lou Melon leaves you believing in being the best you can be and loving who you are.

Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon

Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon

8.  National Geographic Readers  Olivia, our 8 year old, absolutely loves these biographies from National Geographic.  They make it so easy and interesting for children to learn about history.

Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart

Anne Frank

Anne Frank

Do you have favorite books to read with the children in your life?