Read Across America Day | Mishawaka-Penn-Harris Public Library

Read Across America Day

Read Across America Day

Every year, across the entire country, people celebrate reading in classrooms, libraries, at community events and more. Why? Because reading changes lives! Over 20 years ago, the NEA decided that we needed a day dedicated to reading motivation and awareness. March 2nd was chosen because it is the birthday of a popular children’s author - Dr. Seuss.

Why is it important to help children learn to love reading? Studies show that students who are motivated to read (and spend more time reading) are more successful in school. Success in school often impacts future work success.

Help your child get excited about reading, so they become a lifelong reader. Is your child too young to read? Then read to them! Shared reading is the best way to help children become readers.

Some fun reading activities include:

Reading Aloud

If your children are not yet reading, you could read aloud to them. If they can read, ask them to read aloud to you, or take turns reading the pages in one of their favorite books.


Attending a Storytime

Local libraries and bookstores offer free storytimes for a wide range of ages. Mishawaka-Penn-Harris librarians visit Fresh Thyme Market on the first and third Wednesday of every month* for a lunchtime storytime that includes a free snack! Storytimes at the library for children from birth to age 5 will begin again on Tuesday, April 10th. See page 10 of the Program Guide for details.


Singing a book

Some books are so lyrical that they would be great to sing out loud together! Find a list at the bottom of this page, or visit your favorite library, and we’ll help you find one.


Reading Challenge

Buy (or make) a calendar or chart. Let your child color in each day that they read, or you spend time reading together. Visual representations of our actions can be great motivators! If your child already reads every day, think of other reading challenges for them - reading at the park, while on a swing set, at their grandparent’s house, in the car, to the cat or dog, etc.


Some great read-aloud books include:

Little Green Peas A Big Book of Colors  by Keith Baker

Oh, the Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss

Go Away , Big Green Monster! by Ed Emberley

If You’re A Monster and You Know It by Rebecca Emberley

Waddle! Waddle!  by James Proimos

Who’s in the Tree? by Craig Shuttlewood

Don’t Wake up the Tiger! by Britta Teckentrup

"Stand Back," Said the Elephant, "I'm Going to Sneeze!"  by Patricia Thomas


Books to sing together:

Row, Row, Row your Boat by Jane Cabrera

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star  by Jane Cabrera

Singing in the Rain  by Arthur Freed

When You Wish Upon A Star by Leigh Harline

Sing! by Joe Raposo


* Fresh Thyme Story Thyme on March 7th has been canceled due to a staff In-Service meeting. They will resume on March 21st.

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