When I was very young, I remember showing up in my parents’ room almost every night wanting them to read something to me. I absolutely loved reading as a child and spent nearly all of my free time becoming immersed in what books had to offer.
Even as I started getting older and began reading less of books like “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” and more of books like “The Hobbit,” my interest in reading never changed. To this day, I still enjoy unwinding with a book at the end of a long week. Reading has always been an important part of my life and I heartily support any opportunity to increase interest in reading among today’s young children and teens.
Reading every day, even just a little bit, is something that I think all children should experience. The National Education Association’s (NEA) Read Across America program, now in its 19th year, focuses on motivating children and teens to pick up a book and read. The event also supports libraries in schools where reading opportunities are limited due to financial need. There are several ways to participate in the event, from hosting larger reading events to free materials for libraries and classrooms to use to encourage children to step outside of their comfort zones and read books.
To find out how you can support NEA’s Read Across America, check out their website.
For information about how you can encourage children of all ages to become interested in reading, visit this site.
Author Nick Harrington is a senior at Hendrix College and intern in the AETN Marketing and Outreach division.