March is National Reading Month — a celebration inspired by the birthday of Dr. Seuss on March 2. Many families, libraries, and schools plan special activities throughout the month to shine a light on the importance of reading. How will you celebrate? Here are a few of our favorite ideas:

Choose a theme

Space, ocean animals, dinosaurs, favorite characters, classic stories…choose a theme and then enjoy books and activities celebrating your theme! Let us suggest some of our new favorite books to get you started…as an added bonus, all of our books on our website are 15% off this month. Just use code BOOKMARCH at checkout.

 

Enjoy an audio book together

Introduce your kids to the joy of audio books. Our Contracts & Acquisitions Manager, Kerry Finnamore, wrote a post about her family’s love of listening to audio books and offered excellent tips for choosing titles everyone will enjoy. If your family hasn’t fallen in love with audiobooks yet, National Reading Month is the perfect time to try one out!

Do a reading challenge and give prizes

This could be something as simple as reading one book with your little one every day. Or, read all the Dr. Seuss books — he published more than 60 children’s books over the course of his long career, so you’d need to read just two a day to complete this challenge! If you’re looking for a challenge beyond National Reading Month, we encourage you to take the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten challenge. The goal is to have read 1,000 books before your little one starts kindergarten to establish strong early literacy skills. If you aim to read one book a night, you will have read about 365 books in a year. That is 730 books in two years and 1,095 books in three years. If you consider that most children start kindergarten at around five years of age, you have more time than you think, but you’ve got to get started!

To reward this fun reading time, simple stickers and trinkets will do the trick, but it may be more meaningful to go out for your little one’s favorite meal at the end of the month, or reward them with something special.

Create a reading nook

There are so many ways to create a cozy reading space for you and your little one, from the elaborate to the simple and inexpensive. We have a Pinterest board full of ideas to inspire you. Really, a comfortable chair, books, and quiet are all you need.

 

Finally, we offer monthly early literacy activity calendars as a way to easily integrate early learning into your little one’s day. Check out this month’s calendar for inspiration! Happy reading!

 

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