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Read Across America: Dr. Seuss Birthday Celebrations

Read Across America is an annual event that celebrates the birthday of beloved children’s author Theodore Geisel, or as he is more famously known as — Dr. Seuss. Dr. Seuss’ birthday is March 2nd and for the past 21 years it has been celebrated in cooperation with the National Education Association, NEA, with the nation-wide event Read Across America.

Read Across America tries to bring awareness to literacy and helps to promote reading in schools, libraries, and bookstores across the country. Some organizations get really involved and have dress up days, parties, and contests to celebrate the weeklong event. Dr. Seuss’ favorite characters make appearances at many schools. Some students participate in reading contests with fantastic prizes. Many classrooms even decorate specifically for the event.

K12Reader has many different amazing activities and crafts for Dr. Seuss week. So head on over to K12Reader for some fun free printables that will help you celebrate Read Across America in your home or classroom. Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!!

Best Books: Trapped In a Video Game

Do you have a kid that loves video games but isn’t very interested at reading? We may have found the perfect book series for them! Trapped in a Video Game is an incredible series that follows the young Jesse Rigsby as he navigates his way through the harsh years of adolescence with one major complication — a video game character is trying to kill him.

Jesse and his best friend Eric have discovered a new game, Full Blast, and cannot wait to try it. However, they find themselves sucked directly in to the game and find they have to play to survive when a mysterious figure begins to follow them and kill them.

The series contains 5 books and each book contains an interactive STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) section at the end that allows readers to learn and understand binary coding and algorithms. Now they can understand how their favorite games function and start learning how to create their own video games. One series is helping them to not only nurture a love for reading but also give them the opportunity to learn and practice STEM activities at home for fun!

Best Books: Elephant and Piggie Books

For Christmas each of my kids received new books. My youngest loves the Elephant and Piggie books written by Mo Willems. Mo Willems books are easy to read, funny, and help young readers hone their reading skills and cultivate a love for stories. The books are great for readers at first through third grade reading levels. Each book includes incredibly fun artwork, and at the end of each story there is a hidden pigeon character that the kids always love to try to find.

Waiting is not Easy! is a story that discusses patience and how hard it can be to wait for something you really, really want. It really helps children understand the importance of waiting while showing that although it is not easy, sometimes it can be worth it. These make excellent gifts. My youngest son received a collection of 5 Elephant and Piggie books for Christmas and this one was one of his favorites.

The book is a short read, perfect for early readers, and in many schools can count towards independent or AR reading work. Be sure to check out Mo Willems’ other amazing books from the Elephant and Piggie series.