Last updated on September 19th, 2018
Read Across America is a holiday on the United States that is held every March 2, which coincides the birthday of the famous children’s books author, Dr. Seuss. This holiday aims to promote the habit of reading for children and young adults.
This holiday is not a federal public holiday but an observance so no work is cancelled and banks are open during Read Across America Day.
Date of Celebration: March 2
What Do People Do During Read Across America Day?
Since Read Across America Day encourages reading for children and young adults, schools other establishments hold reading activities and events across the United States.
Book fares are also popular during Read Across America Day, and many small groups organize reading pledges and read aloud activities.
If you plan on participating at Read Across America Day, you should visit the Read Across America Website to make a pledge or view the activities near your place of residence.
How Did Read Across America Day Start?
In 1997, National Education Association proposed a special day to promote and celebrate reading all across the United States. This had great reception to American educators, parents and guardians that it was held annually to become Read Across America day — March 2 was chosen as the day because it is also the birthday of the famous Children’s book author Dr. Seuss.
What Kind of Gifts Should I Give on Read Across America Day?
Gift Ideas for Dread Across America Day
This holiday is not that large on gifts.
Obviously, children and young adult books make great gifts for the observance. Book sales go up during the end of February, as parents buy books for their children. Dr. Seuss books like “Green Eggs and Ham”, “What Pet Should I Get”, and “The Cat in the Hat” are extremely popular, but you are not limited to these books only.
Parents and educators read with the children to instill the habit of reading during Read Across America Day.
Aside from books, reading accessories make great gifts: bookmarks (both DIY and handmade), reading lights, highlighters, pencils and bookends are a nice idea too.
Shirts that say “I Love Reading” also see a boost in sales.