A Kansas City Family’s Guide to Read Across America

If you don’t know what Read Across America is, then you’ve got to keep reading!

It’s a national day to celebrate literacy & get children excited about reading, celebrated across the country on the same day as Dr. Seuss Day.

Check it out below…

Read Across America Kansas City

Every year on March 2nd, Read Across America is celebrated in Kansas City and across the country. 

Whether your kiddos love to read or you want to get them interested in reading, Read Across America is a great program for kids & families!

Read Across America was started in 1998 by the National Education Association (NEA) as a day to promote reading in children, but it quickly grew to be so much more. Now, it is a day to kick off an entire year of reading while also celebrating Dr. Seuss on the same day. 

Read Across America in Kansas City

While kids will likely celebrate this day at school, you can also celebrate and promote reading outside of the classroom. From your local library to online activities at home, you can find so many ways to get involved. 

How to Get Involved?

Start reading!

You can visit the Read Across America website to find ideas, or visit your local library for free events & activities. There will also be storytimes at the local branches to celebrate. 

Use you can use this certificate to get your kids excited about reading too!

> Explore the Library

Head to your local library & grab a few books…for free! All you need is a library card. 

This is the most simple way to celebrate Read Across America, but sometimes the most simple ideas are often the best!

Free Events:

Libraries around Kansas City will be hosting different events on March 2nd. MCPL is hosting over 25 events across the metro. (not all focus on Read Across America day, but check them out!)

Library Programs:

Outside of Read Across America, your local library branches host TONS of events – nearly all of which are free. There are programs for kids AND adults, so everyone can take advantage of the library. 

Fun & helpful events include:

  • Storytimes
  • Mad Science
  • ACT Prep
  • Genealogy Help
  • ESL Classes

You can use our library lovers guide to find events at the different libraries in Kansas City including, MCPL, Kansas City Public Libraries & KCK Libraries. 

> Plan an event at Home or School

The NEA provides tons of resources for you to plan your own event at home, school, for homeschool groups…whatever you’d like. As long you’re promoting reading, you’re involved. 

Their Read Across America tool kits include posters, poems, songs & other promotional materials, as well as fact sheets & other event ideas

You can also use their online calendar to find Read Across America events happening year-round, across the country. 

> Seussville

The Dr. Seuss website has tons of fun things to celebrate Dr. Seuss & incorporate reading into your child’s life. Children can play games, watch free videos, explore Dr. Seuss characters, purchase e-books & audio books of Dr. Seuss classics & so much more.

If you’re looking for Dr. Seuss activities, you can find tons of fun things to do here! Educators & parents can find tons of resources including:

  • Art projects
  • Printables
  • Activities
  • Classroom supplies
  • Recipes
  • Guides

No matter how you choose to celebrate Dr. Seuss & Read Across America, we hope you use these resources to get your children interested in reading. 

From iFamily to Yours, iFamilyKC

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