A Kansas City Family’s Guide to Read Across America

There are National holidays happening every single day throughout the year but one of my favorites is Read Across America day, which is coming up SOON. We’ve got some ideas for how your family can get involved right here in Kansas City today on the blog. If your kids aren’t avid readers yet, no worries, take a look at the scoop on ways to grow as a reader.

Whether your family is full of active readers or you’re just getting your feet wet when it comes to sharing the love for literacy, we want to encourage you to celebrate the day and join in as we Read Across America right here in KC. Take a look…

Read Across America Kansas City


The Read Across America Program was launched in 1998 as a way to encourage literacy in schools and at home. Sponsored for by the National Education Association(NEA) it has spread like wildfire encouraging kids to read 365 days per year with a special kick off on March 2nd. The mascot has been commonly associated with the famed character from the Dr. Seuss series, otherwise known as The Cat in the Hat.

Read Across America in Kansas City

This celebration of reading aligns with the birthday of Dr. Seuss. Around the country there are events to be found highlighting literacy such as library programs, online events, school collaborations and more. Teachers and parents are encouraged to partake in this program by involving students in a variety of reading materials, fun activities and so on. You can even plan your own event! So why am I sharing this information with you?

I feel that this is a special day where we can all be reminded of the importance of reading and literacy in our communities and I have taken some time to look for ways that you can celebrate this event at home and in the classroom. If you don’t want to plan an event be sure to look for one in your area!

How can you get started?

So how can you get started? By taking the Reading Pledge, of course! You can sign up as an individual or as a group and pledge participate and read

Once you have made your pledge to plan for reading in your home or school or program, then you can look for some great resources, books and literacy building activities that are fun and engaging. If you need a few monthly ideas then you can download this resource calendar with activities that you can do all year long!

Next on the list, I should explain that while Read Across America features Dr. Seuss they are also looking to spread diversity in reading. You can read from different genres, cultures, styles or topics as long as you are committed to reading. Check out these great ideas for diverse books.

Head Over to the Library

Plan a trip to your local library in Kansas City to grab books or discover special story time activities for families happening throughout the month.

Mid-Continent Public Library branches all across the metro area have story time sessions for babies and families available on March 2nd to help you celebrate the day. Check out their event calendar online for details on sessions happening near your home.

Beyond March 2nd, your local library is an amazing resource for your family. Check out our previous post on fun at the library in KC each month.

Planning an event at home

If you are interested in planning your own event at home, in the classroom or in the community there are a list of free items that you can choose from to get started. Find visuals, ads, posters, banners, and even reading certificates as well as directions on how to plan your own event, tips and background information sheets that can help answer questions for those attending online here.

Seussville is a great website where you can get lots of great reading activities, printables, guides and even lesson plans that you can use to encourage reading in a Seuss themed way.

Additionally, you can usually find a live video of a celebrity reader on March 2nd in the morning around 9am. Or you can watch live video from years past by searching the NEA site. If you want to stay up to date on current NEA information and the book of the month then you can follow their Facebook page.

 “You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read with a child.”

From iFamily to Yours, iFamilyKC

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