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Take the Oath! Read Across America Day 2012

2012 March 1
by Jessica Pryde
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The Cat in the Hat with a map of the United States with Read Across America insideTomorrow, March 2nd, is Read Across America Day! Read Across America is a program that was developed by the National Education Association, and is celebrated annually on Dr. Seuss’s birthday.

We all love Dr. Seuss, right?

This is the day we celebrate and motivate reading with people of all ages, whether they read The Cat in the Hat or War and Peace. (Or something inbetween.) The NEA has all kinds of activity ideas that teachers, librarians, and students of all ages can use, and there are quite a few groups (check your local public library or school service club) that are planning to read Dr. Seuss to and/or with kids. If you’re not a pubic speaker, some might just be providing space and a collection of books for people to read all day.

We here at The Hub are all readers anyway, but we can all say we are willing to take this poetic oath. Will you say it with us?


I promise to read
Each day and each night.
I know it’s the key
To growing up right.

I’ll read to myself,
I’ll read to a crowd.
It makes no difference
If silent or loud.

I’ll read at my desk,
At home and at school,
On my bean bag or bed,
By the fire or pool.

Each book that I read
Puts smarts in my head,
‘Cause brains grow more thoughts
The more they are fed.

So I take this oath
To make reading my way
Of feeding my brain
What it needs every day.

(Words by Debra Angstead
Missouri-National Education Association)

Do you have any fun plans this RAA Day?
If not, best get started! Time’s wasting away!

– Jessica Pryde, who just finished The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May and June by Robin Benway

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