March 2nd celebrates Read Across America Day. It is a day that promotes the enjoyment of reading, especially for children and young adults. Libraries and schools across America will be hosting events geared at young readers today in an effort to teach a lifelong love of reading. This nationally observed day coincides with the birthday of one of my all-time favorite authors, Dr. Seuss.
Dr. Seuss is of course the author of beloved childhood classics like Green Eggs and Ham, The Cat in the Hat, and Horton Hears a Who, but he is also the speaker of many wise words for living the good life.
“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”
― Dr. Seuss
“You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.”
― Dr. Seuss
“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
― Dr. Seuss, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!
“A person’s a person, no matter how small.”
― Dr. Seuss, Horton Hears a Who!
“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…”
― Dr. Seuss, Oh, the Places You’ll Go!
I challenge you to spend at least a few minutes today encouraging a child or young adult to read. I cannot thank my parents enough for fostering in me a genuine love for all things reading. Throughout the years I have spent many hours escaping into the words of beloved authors and finding joys and surprises within the pages of my favorite books.
The instructions are really quite simple. First you choose a book; then you read! Repeat as many times as you desire to enter new worlds and learn new things.
Happy Read Across America Day!