Read Across America was started in 1998 by the National Education Association (NEA). The goal is to have every child in every community celebrate reading on March 2, the birthday of Dr. Seuss. The purpose of Read Across America is to motivate children to create lifelong successful readers.
Research shows that children who read independently do better in school and on achievement tests. Fifteen minutes a day of independent reading translates into 1,146,000 words read per year and scoring in the 80th percentile on the tests. Twenty minutes day is 1,823,000 words read per year and a score in the 90th percentile. So grab a book and your favorite child(ren) and start reading!
Note: Yulupa teachers ask for 20 minutes a day of independent reading.