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Celebrating National Reading Month

Find your favorite bookmark, snuggle into a comfy nook, and get ready to crack open a new or favorite story because March is National Reading Month! In 1998, The National Education Association (NEA) created Read Across America Day on March 2nd, coinciding with Dr. Seuss’ birthday. This was a day aimed at promoting literacy and fostering a love of reading among all children.

A New Chapter for Read Across America

Over the past few years, the NEA and many supporters have started to deemphasize Seuss as part of Read Across America Day and instead focus more on promoting books with diverse themes, authors, and readers. This shift came around when Dr. Seuss Enterprises said it would stop printing several books due to racist imagery.

Seeing Ourselves On the Page

Reading is a key building block to the foundation of learning. According to We Need Diverse Books, learning through diverse stories can help children feel heard, teach empathy, foster literacy, and potentially save lives. To help ensure all readers feel seen and heard on Read Across America Day and National Reading Month, several organizations, educators, and nonprofits have curated diverse lists of books that can be used in the classroom and at home now and throughout the year.

Happy Reading

Diverse books and authors have a powerful story to tell and help to affirm that we all belong. Reading diverse books during and beyond National Reading Month can help us learn about new characters different from ourselves and allow us to see our own stories reflected on the page.

We’d love to know what book your child or family enjoys! Please share with our community below or join NMK’s Facebook page and join the discussion.

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