Fauquier County Joins Read Across America

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Read Across America is an annual program that encourages every child, in every community, to celebrate reading on March 2, the birthday of children’s author Dr. Seuss.

Fauquier County Public Library, in partnership with the Fauquier Education Association, joins the nation-wide celebration and invites elementary-age children to a special story time to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday! The celebration wouldn’t be complete without a visit by the one and only Cat in the Hat. Each child who attends will receive a complimentary book, courtesy of the Fauquier Education Association.

Saturday, March 2, 10:30 a.m. – Noon
All Fauquier County Public Library locations
Free; no registration required.

Literacy development begins at birth and is fostered by literacy-rich experiences. Young readers need to practice in order to recognize letters and sounds. Motivating them to read is essential to achieve reading success and to create lifelong readers. The more a child reads, the better they will read.

According to United for Libraries, a division of the American Library Association, children ages three – five who are read to at least three times a week are more likely to:

  • Recognize letters
  • Have word-sight recognition
  • Understand words in context

The first Read Across America day was held March 2, 1998. Since then, public libraries, schools, bookstores, churches, hospitals and other community organizations across the United States have joined in, hosting their own community activities. The events – filled with stories, crafts and fun – encourage children to become excited about reading; that excitement can lead to reading success.

While Dr. Seuss’s books are iconic, there are many other books for beginning readers to explore. Each year, the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, recognizes the most distinguished American book for beginning readers.

The following books were recognized in 2019:

Medal Winner
Cartoon illustration of Fox with tiger-like stripes. Book Cover "Fox the Tiger)Fox the Tiger by Corey R. Tabor (winner)

Honor Books
The Adventures of Otto: See Pip Flap by David Milgrim

Fox + Chick: The Party and Other Stories by Sergio Ruzzier

King and Kayla and the Case of the Lost Tooth by Dori Hillestad Butler

Tiger vs. Nightmare by Emily Tetri Fox

Remember, in the words of Dr. Seuss himself

“The more that you read,
the more things you will know.
The more that you learn,
the more places you’ll go.”

Lisa Pavlock, Public Information Coordinator, Fauquier County Public Library

*This article first appeared in the February 20, 2019 edition of Fauquier Times.

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