For those that are fans of mischievous cats in hats, precocious environmental Loraxes, kind-hearted elephants and even green eggs and ham, the rapidly approaching Read Across America Day is certainly a day worth celebrating!
Read Across America Day began in 1997 and has been taking the nation by storm ever sense. The theme this year is based off of the Dr. Seuss classic, “Oh, the places you’ll go!”, a simple story that seeks to inspire young minds—a perfect fit for such an encouraging and motivational day.
The vast positive impact of reading on young minds has been documented in several studies, all of which can be read through the links below, found through the Morningside College library resources. The overall theme of this knowledge-provoking day can be summed up in the words of Dr. Seuss’s himself; “You’re off to great places, today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, so… get on your way!”
KOTAMAN, HUSEYIN. "Impacts Of Dialogical Storybook Reading On Young Children's Reading Attitudes And Vocabulary Development." Reading Improvement50.4 (2013): 199-204. Education Research Complete. Web. 27 Feb. 2015.
Sim, Susan, and Donna Berthelsen. "Shared Book Reading By Parents With Young Children: Evidence-Based Practice." Australasian Journal Of Early Childhood39.1 (2014): 50-55. Education Research Complete. Web. 27 Feb. 2015.
"Oh, The Places They Go." Publishers Weekly 262.7 (2015): 13. Academic Search Premier. Web. 27 Feb. 2015.
Strom, Paris C., and Robert D. Strom. Parenting Young Children : Exploring The Internet, Television, Play, And Reading. Charlotte, N.C.: Information Age Publishing, 2009. eBook Academic Collection (EBSCOhost). Web. 27 Feb. 2015.
Bradbury, Judy. The Read-Aloud Scaffold : Best Books To Enhance Content Area Curriculum, Grades Pre-K-3. Santa Barbara, Calif: Libraries Unlimited, 2011. eBook Academic Collection (EBSCOhost). Web. 27 Feb. 2015.