Read Across America
I had so much fun reading to my dear friend, Alice Addington’s kindergarten classroom for Read Across America. National Read Across America Day is a nationwide observance held in schools across the United States around March 2nd, the birthday of Dr. Suess.
In today’s technology-obsessed, busy culture, I am so grateful that we have days like today that celebrate literature and reading. At my own kids’ elementary school, many of the guests came to read dressed in costume with thematic desserts to share, to boot. Unfortunately, I wasn’t that crafty… but at least I went.
It was really nerve-wracking at first (kids can be a very tough audience, if you’re not funny…they just don’t laugh, period.) But thanks to the amazing The Book With No Pictures, by B.J. Novak, getting the kids to laugh was a no brainer. They thought it was the funniest book ever. Phew, success!
Alice’s classroom is a warm, sunny, happy space that just makes you want to sit down and play with dollies or stack up some blocks. I didn’t want to leave. The school is in a very poor area, and it was sad to hear that many of her students have never owned a picture book and sometimes go without jackets in the winter. As I drove home that day, I thought about some of the sad stories Alice shared with me. I came away thinking how lucky those kids are to have such a positive play to play, learn, and grow.