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Celebrate Read Across America Day


Today is Read Across America Day, first established by President Barack Obama March 1, 2011. We celebrate this day to remember the importance of reading and literacy, and to re-assert the importance for parents, teachers, and communities to encourage children to read. As President Obama puts it:

“Parents and mentors can help build fundamental skills by reading aloud to children regularly, discussing the story, and encouraging children to ask questions on words or content they do not understand. By passing a passion for literature on to our sons and daughters, we prepare them to be lifelong, successful readers, and we provide them with an essential skill necessary for academic achievement.”

Reading is important for many aspects of our lives. We read as we drive down the road; we read to accomplish our work; we read as we surf the Internet. Our children are growing up in a world where words are everywhere, and to succeed, they need to learn the fundamentals of reading early on, including deciphering new words, analyzing text, and comprehending text.

Our President puts it best:

“Our Nation’s young people rely on the critical thinking and analytical skills gained from reading to build other areas of knowledge, including the subjects of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The next generation’s ability to excel in these disciplines is crucial to America’s strength and prosperity in the 21st century.”

So, what steps do we now take to encourage a love of reading in our children so they will succeed throughout their lives? We read to them and show them the “fun” behind each story. Reading is fun because it takes us into a new world and shows us new things. And with a world of books at our fingertips through libraries, bookstores, the Internet, and different technologies, we can read about any subject. The point is to make reading fun!

Is it any wonder that this important day falls upon the birthday of one of the most influential American children’s authors? Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, was born this day in 1904. It was in the late 50s that he released his ever-popular The Cat in the Hat, which was only the beginning of a collection of books created to help children learn to read through fun, plot-filled stories. Instead of learning to read with “Dick and Jane,” our children have a library full of learn-to-read books that are not only interesting to children but parents as well.

Today, to celebrate Read Across America Day, find a little time to just read with your child. Read a short book, a long book, a pop-up book, an interactive book, a book on your smartphone or tablet, a book about pirates or princesses, a book about dinosaurs or Amelia Earhart. . . . Read about anything. Just read.

Here are just a few things we did around the office to celebrate our day:

We had a visit from Rusty and sat down with him for story time.


Rusty also visited the kids in our Community Center, a free community program provided by Waterford Institute™ for children ages four to six (preschool age) that uses Waterford’s reading software program, the school equivalent to Rusty and Rosy Reading™.


Read the full Presidential Proclamation—Read Across America Day, 2011 here.

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Did you know that this Friday, March 2nd, is Read Across America Day? It’s a nation-wide celebration proclaimed by President Barack Obama last March. During the official proclamation, President Obama stated the following about the importance of reading:

“Hidden in the pages of books are extraordinary worlds and characters that can spark creativity and imagination, and unlock the potential that lies within each of our children. Reading is the foundation upon which all other learning is built, and on Read Across America Day, we reaffirm our commitment to supporting America’s next generation of great readers.”

Rusty and Rosy are excited about this day as well and are celebrating with a drawing to give away a few one-year subscriptions of Rusty and Rosy Reading™ software. If your child isn’t already experiencing the fun, excitement, and success of learning with Rusty and Rosy, now is your chance to get your child started.

Here’s how to enter to win:

  1. “Like” our Facebook page.
  2. Sign up for the drawing.
  3. Share the news with your friends.

You get one entry into the drawing by completing steps 1 and 2. You get a second entry for completing step 3. Complete all steps by simply going here.

The drawing goes through end-of-day Monday, March 5, 2012. Enter today.

And don’t forget to check us out here on the blog and on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest all week. We’ll be posting some fun tips, information, and quotes about books, literacy, and more.

Read Across America Day Coming Up – Ideas for Reading with Your Child

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“Hidden in the pages of books are extraordinary worlds and characters that can spark creativity and imagination, and unlock the potential that lies within each of our children. Reading is the foundation upon which all other learning is built, and on Read Across America Day, we reaffirm our commitment to supporting America’s next generation of great readers.” – President Barack Obama, Presidential Proclamation—Read Across America Day, 2011

Read Across America Day is almost here, and to take part in this great day we here at Rusty and Rosy (a.k.a. Waterford Institute™) are celebrating all week long. This next week you can expect informative blog posts, Facebook updates, and tweets to help in your family’s reading celebrations. You might find craft ideas, reading tips, book ideas, a giveaway. . . . You’ll have to tune in each day to learn more and benefit from all the fun we’ll be having next week.

But you don’t have to wait until next week to get started. Here are just a few tips to help you celebrate reading with your child:

Where to Read

  • In bed, just before your kids go to sleep
  • In a tent made of sheets
  • In the kitchen, while you’re cooking dinner (older children can read to you while you get dinner ready)
  • In the car
  • Outside (weather permitting); you can have a reading picnic
  • At the library
  • At school
  • On the couch
  • In the playhouse/tree house
  • In the office

What to Read

  • Books, of course
  • Street signs
  • Game rules and pieces (such as cards)
  • Recipes/cookbooks
  • Magazines (you can find some great kids’ magazines for you child)
  • Reading aps for your tablet, smartphone, or computer
  • Newspaper
  • Mail (send a letter to your child)

When to Read

  • Before bed time
  • During lunch (you can make a book-themed lunch)
  • While waiting in line at the drive through for the bank or restaurant
  • In the morning (a story is always a great thing to wake up to)
  • Any time, really!

Here are just a few other suggestions you can incorporate in your reading celebrations next week:

Let us know where, what, and when you read with your child.

Also find us on Pinterest for more great reading and education ideas.

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