Every year, the NEA (National Education Association) with the help of teachers, parents, and students publish a list of recommended books to read. Each month, the NEA features three books—for young, middle grade and young adult readers—that explore a topic related to diversity and inclusion. These books are amazing. Read across America week is a great time to update our bookshelves and refresh our habit of reading.
Reading is critical. There’s no way around this one. The Literacy Project (a non-profit literacy organization) has found that 45 million Americans are functionally illiterate and cannot read above a 5th grade level. They’ve also found that only 35% of American children read at a proficient level in the fourth grade. The Literacy Project has studied behavior in children and found that 85% of juvenile offenders have struggles when reading and 3 out of 5 people in prisons in America struggle to read.
So what can we do?
Reading and being read aloud to has an impact that extends beyond just hearing stories. Even teens love to be read to. Make daily reading a habit together. Why wait?
Read across America Week and Dr. Seuss’s Birthday
To honor Dr. Seuss, we celebrate his birthday on March 2nd and use it as a reminder to read and read to our children everyday. To help support you and make selecting books easier, I have created a list of the recommended books from the NEA on my bookshop site. All books purchased through the bookshop site will provide a commssion to the bookstore and our programs to aide in the literacy development of our community!