It’s Celebrate Reading Week at Serendipity School—today was Hat Day, in honor of Dr. Seuss and his much loved book The Cat in the Hat. Celebrate Reading Week is held in conjunction with Read Across America, an annual national reading celebration founded and sponsored by the National Education Association. It is held every year on March 2nd, Dr. Seuss’ birthday.
Dr. Seuss’ first published children’s book And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street was released in 1937, 80 years ago. Children have been enjoying that and other Seuss classics for the past eight decades, and his works continue to be perennial favorites at Serendipity School and around the world.
Read Across America began in 1997, when an NEA reading task force set out to plan and create a national day to celebrate reading and promote enthusiasm and awareness for reading. The first Read Across America Day was celebrated in 1998, and this week, we helped to celebrate the 20th anniversary of this special reading day by reading books of every genre, including many by the super Seuss.
We have been tallying our daily page totals and recording them on our school’s Read-o-meter, in hopes of meeting and exceeding our 25,000 page goal. We are proud to announce that, with two days to go, we have already exceeded our goal, which MEANS… Ms. Meaghan will soon be making good on her Reading Week promise of donning the Serendipity Squirrel costume for an entire day! We can’t wait to see it, and she has even hinted that if we far exceed our goal (which seems very likely) that there will be an additional surprise in store for us!
Reading has been incredibly fun, and our week has been made even more incredible by book daily themes, activities, guest readers, and costumes (yesterday we dressed as our favorite book characters). Tomorrow we will be concluding Celebrate Reading Week with Pajama Day (based on The Sleep Book) and a Buddy Group reading party. We invite our school community to accept the challenge of spreading and sharing the joy and excitement of reading week all year long.