“March with Books”

Hello Everyone!  The month of March is fast approaching bringing with it the birthday of one of the most renowned writers of children’s books : Dr. Seuss.

Theodor Seuss Geisel was born on March 2, 1904.  He was an American writer, cartoonist, animator, book publisher, and artist.   Geisel was best known for the books he authored under the pen name of “Dr. Seuss.”   One of his quotes reads: “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

As a reading specialist, I must say that I totally agree.   Reading is an adventure that can take us to all sorts of places, and we can relive each and every adventure as many times as we choose.

When I was a child, Horton Hears A Who was my favorite Dr. Seuss book.  It brought home the message that “a persons a person no matter how small,”  a poignant  lesson on the value of all life.  Geisel’s books often incorporated these kinds of lessons.

It is said that the month of March “comes in like a  lion, and goes out like a lamb.”  Let’s bring it in with lots of books!   The more reading children do, the more quickly they will develop as readers.

It is recommended that beginning readers spend 15 or 20 minutes reading each day  in addition to the reading they do in school.  It is also recommended that beginning readers have someone to read to.  Be sure to make time to listen to, or read with your child every day.  My favorite time with my own children, when they were young, was right before bed.   Choose a time that works best for you and your child.

It’s important to get the maximum benefit and enjoyment out of your reading time together.   If you would like more information and resources, please check out the Child Research and Study Center at the University of Albany.

No matter what the age of your child, I can’t emphasize enough the importance of reading daily.  Parents can, and should, set the example by allowing their children to see them engaged in reading.  My children grew up to be readers because they started at a very early age.  Reading  is one of the most important activities your children will ever engage in because it enables them to be well-informed throughout their lives.  Let’s have a “love affair” with books!

March into your nearest public library or bookstore to begin your “March with Books.”  From everyone here at the Reading Lady, we wish you a lifetime of reading pleasure!








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