National March into Literacy Month
5 Ways to Celebrate Reading This Month

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National March into Literacy Month kicks off with the birthday celebration of beloved children’s book author, Dr. Seuss’, on March 2nd! Happy birthday, dr. seuss!

For children, creating a relationship with books is critical. Statistics show that reading at a proficient level by the 4th grade is a strong indicator for high school graduation success. 

If the child cannot read on their own yet, there are also numerous benefits  being read to by an adult. Studies show that children who were read to were more likely to perform better in school, even in areas such as math. 

Not only are there academic benefits, reading is another outlet for creative play as well. Books allow children to engage their imagination and expand their mind. 

Here are a few ways you can celebrate literacy this month:

1.    Donate old, new, or used books to a book drive or library. Many families are unable to build their home libraries. Giving away your books is a great way to help children access and build libraries in their home. 

2.    Read to children and encourage them to read. Children learn how to read better when they hear others read. Take turns reading aloud to build their confidence in their own reading skill. Make it a practice to read to the children in your life. The sooner you start reading to your child, the better. 

3.    Make reading fun! Reading is not a chore. Make silly voice characters, interact and engage with your child. Reading time is fun time!

4.    Volunteer at a local elementary school. Many schools have literacy programs that specifically help children learn how to read better. For example, United Way’s STAR Readers Program allows volunteers to read to children. Check out our volunteer page on how to get involved. 

5.    Join an initiative that supports early literacy competency. Programs, such as United Way’s Campaign for Grade Level Reading, are passionate about giving every child the chance to succeed in academics by ensuring they are proficient in literacy. Find out how you can get involved by doing research in what your local efforts are doing to support this cause.