Our goal at National Geographic Kids is to create a lifelong love of reading, storytelling, and learning by making nonfiction subjects fun. Studies show that early reading helps kids’ mental development and that literacy skills are a good predictor of student success in school and in life.
National Read Across America Day on March 2, 2017, promotes the benefits of reading and is the perfect opportunity to unplug and snuggle up with a good book. Read together, read aloud, or find a quiet place for kids to read on their own.
In fact, the whole month of March is National Reading Month, which reminds kids and adults alike to make reading a favorite habit—after school, at bedtime, or anytime.
How to Participate
Join us for a Facebook Live event, hosted by Moms Meet, March 1 at 3 p.m. We’ll be reaching out to parents to share ideas on how to celebrate Read Across America Day and giving away some fun prizes. Get details at: http://momsmeet.com/event/national-geographic-kids-facebook-live
Look for a special insert in the March 17 edition of USA Today focused on Early Childhood Education and featuring a cover story interview with LeVar Burton of Reading Rainbow. And don’t miss the interview with Marfé Delano, National Geographic Kids Executive Editor for preschool books, about why nonfiction books should be on every child’s “read for fun” list.
Books to Get You Started
Look & Learn
These little board books introduce a subject on one page and place it in context on the next. Ages 2-5.
Explore My World
These affordable paperbacks combine simple storytelling with beautiful photography. Ages 3-7.
Little Kids First Big Books
This popular series delights kids with the wonders of our natural world. Each book focuses on a big subject—such as dinosaurs, animals, or space—presented with age-appropriate text and lots of engaging visuals. Ages 4-8.
Filled with fun facts and cool images on high-interest nonfiction subjects kids love, for Pre-readers, Co-readers, Levels 1-3, and in Spanish. Ages 3-9.
Motivate kids to read more with fun-filled activities and free prizes at natgeokids.com/superreaders
About Read Across America Day
The National Education Association (NEA) founded Read Across America, an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on March 2, the birthday of beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss.