This morning bright and early I helped kick off Read Across America Day which is also known as the birthday of Dr. Seuss. I read "Say Can You Say Dinosaur" to a class full of third graders. A book I read to my son many times before bed when he was about 4 or 5 and although I had not read it to him in years (we have since graduated to Goosebumps books) I think I saw him mouthing some of the words. Aaaaawwwww!!!! Much to my surprise the students said they had never read that book before. It was not quite as popular as "Green Eggs and Ham" or "The Cat In The Hat" but it was an excellent read nevertheless. It arroused many questions in my little ones head before bed back in the day.... "How did the dinosaurs die, mom?" and "If we dig in our backyard do you think we will find fossils?"

Taking the time to read to your little one(s) truly does have a large impact on their reading skills in the future. I read to my son every night before bed and have done so for years. He is one of the top readers in his class and is currently reading at a 6th grade level! I am so proud of my little one.

This day of reading comes at a perfect time. For most of this week 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders will be working on the TAKS test. Do you remember those days? Oh, the pressure! And working on Science Projects this week as well...... Gosh, they grow up so FAST!

Have a great day everyone, in honor of Read Across America Day pick up and dust off one of those books on the shelf and read a chapter or two and remember:

"Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You"