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Read across America was started by the National Association of Education (NEA) to commemorate the birthday of political cartoonist and children author Dr. Seuss. It was established to raise awareness on the importance of children’s literacy. I grew up reading Dr. Seuss books and felt they were so wonderfully written and illustrated. While his books were the first that many of us grew up reading; and entertaining to say the least, I wanted to highlight some of me and my daughters favorite books, in a “Pretty Thoro” way.

One great thing about Read Across America is that you can celebrate it as extravagant or as simple as you’d like. I decided to do a photoshoot of my daughter Caliyah and her friends reading books. It turned out just as I’d imagine; with intrigue faces, smiles, and of course, QUESTIONS.  Each child picked from an array of props and had an opportunity to take pictures showing their individual style.  I thought this would be a fun way for the children to gain a new perspective and celebrate reading all at the same time.  Books like, “She Persisted,” by Chelsea Clinton, “I Am Enough,” by Grace Byers,” and “Amazing Grace,” by Mary Hoffman, are just a few of the many books that I read to Caliyah daily, with hopes of helping her succeed academically. The photoshoot turned out to be a complete success and I certainly had fun making reading more enjoyable for them.

So, what books are you currently reading to your students, children, or love ones?  Do you stick to the books that you grew up reading, or have you explored new ones?  Either way, let’s continue to help every child in the community to celebrate reading.  Besides, in the words of Dr. Seuss, “You’re never too old, too wacky, or too wild to pick up a book and read to a child.”

 

Top 5 Favorite Books:

Little Leaders

I Am Enough

Hey Black Child

Please Baby Please

She Persisted

 

To learn more about NEA’s Read Across America, CLICK HERE