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March 2nd is Read Across America. In the past most libraries and schools celebrated this day by reading Dr. Seuss books and organizing Seuss-themed activities. Over the past couple of years the focus has shifted to emphasize multicultural and diverse literature. I am grateful for this change because it provides the perfect opportunity to share with students and parents a broader selection of children’s books and to create programs and activities that focus on acceptance, kindness and cultural diversity. In this blog post I want to share with you some different activities and ideas that you can use in your own schools and libraries that go along with this new focus. These can not only be used for Read Across America Day. You can use them any time you want to have a reading celebration. Author Studies Choose an author who writes more diverse books or who features multicultural
March 2nd is fast approaching, better known as Read Across America Day. I have always loved Dr. Seuss’ books. I love the crazy made-up words and his wacky characters. So once I became a librarian I knew that I wanted to celebrate his birthday with my students. Over the years I have done all sorts of activities including poster contests, trivia games, guest readers and spirit days to name a few. I am always looking for new ideas and I thought I would share with you a roundup of what I have found. I also created a list of some of the things I have done over the years as well as suggestions from my Staying Cool in the Library Facebook group. If you haven’t joined yet you definitely should. With over 3,000 members it is an invaluable resource for school librarians. You can download the list at the