March is the month to celebrate reading with Read Across America, while the “official” event is March 2nd, that honors Dr. Seuss's birthday by getting kids excited about reading, Mrs. P is going to celebrate all month long. Read Across America and its roots date back to March 2, 1998 when the The National Education Association launched what is now a national event. http://www.nea.org/readacross
In honor of this special day, Mrs. P will be reading with Everybody Wins in Los Angeles. http://www.everybodywinsla.org/ In her role as honorary board member at Everybody Wins, she will read to 300 students at the Walt Disney Elementary School in Burbank, CA.
Mrs. P is also celebrating Read Across America Day with a special gift of reading, by offering FREE downloads of the Grand Prize winners of her first annual, nationwide kids' writing contest! You can find them in the iTunes Kids TV Store under "Mrs. P Presents" and selecting "Pretty Princess and Funky Frog/Spattered Mud and Crushed Petals." The stories will be available March 2, 2010 on iTunes and March 15th at MrsP.com under the blue ribbon by her chair in the Magic Library - where all her stories are always free. She's created a fun you-tube video to honor the contest winners!
To continue the joy of reading aloud, on March 12th Mrs. P reads at Leo Politi Elementary in Los Angeles to 250 students again with Everybody Wins, L.A.
On March 23rd Mrs. P will spread the word on the importance of reading as the keynote speaker at the Orange County Reading Associations 46th annual conference, speaking to several hundred literary professionals. http://www.ocreading.org/
What can you do to help emphasize reading across America? A simple vote for
The National “Read to Kids” campaign can make a difference. With the help of champions for reading and children's literacy everywhere, Everybody Wins! USA's National "Read to Kids" campaign idea finished second in Education Ideas for Change on Change.org's Idea for Change in America. The Read to Kids campaign now advances to the final round of voting that begins NOW Monday, March 1st at 1pm ET and ends on Friday, March 12th at 5pm ET. The top 10 ideas will be presented to the Obama administration and be part of a national grassroots campaign to promote the idea.
Please take one minute to vote to Launch a National "Read To Kids" Campaign at http://www.change.org/ideas/view/launch_a_national_read_to_kids_campaign
And remember during Read Across America Day, and everyday, that whether you read in a group or read one on one, the EVERYBODY WINS! equation is simple - one mentor, one child, one book at a time! It really works!