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Next week is Read Across America Week sponsored by the National Education Association.  Renaissance Dental is teaming up with the NEA this year to encourage children to pick up a book and a toothbrush.  You can find out more about Read Across America and printable resources on the NEA website.

Last year I had a lot of fun planning "Seven (at least) Days of Seuss" for Sweet Girl during Read Across America Week.  We went through her Dr. Seuss books and she picked out several that she wanted to focus on.  I came up with/found a craft, recipe, video, etc to go along with the books.  We also attended a Dr. Seuss party at the library (which coincided with Read Across America Week) to celebrate the end of their winter reading program.  

On top of all of that, we went to a free event at Target where we got to see the Cat in the Hat, hear Seuss stories being read and got a goodie bag.  They gave us a reading log where you color in a truffula tree every time you read a book.  (Last year The Lorax was the "it" thing.)  After Sweet Girl colored in her entire sheet, we surprised her with The Lorax and Horton Hears a Who books.  She was so excited!  Needless to say, this was one of our funniest units we have ever done.  

The books we covered last year included:
  • The Cat in the Hat (of course!)
  • Green Eggs and Ham
  • The Foot Book
  • Horton Hears a Who
  • The Lorax
  • One fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish

I set the bar high for myself with last year's Seuss celebration.  I've been on the lookout for even more fun activities to do this year and I still have a few from last year that I didn't get to do.  My goal is to share at least one book a day with you along with fun activities to do during Read Across America.  The following week, my plan is to focus on some fun, educational activities to go along with the dental theme.

So, I hope you all are ready for some Seussical fun!  Put on your white and red striped hats and let's get reading!

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Read Across America Poem 

You're never too old, too wacky, too wild,
To pick up a book and read with a child.
You're never too busy, too cool, or too hot,
To pick up a book and share what you've got.

In schools and communities,
Let's gather around,
Let's pick up a book,
Let's pass it around.

There are kids all around you,
Kids who will need
Someone to hug,
Someone to read.

Come join us March 1st
Your own special way
And make this America's
Read to Kids Day.


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