It’s that time of year again! That’s right, NJEA members, it’s time to gather your favorite books and join the nationwide celebration of reading. For the 21st year running, the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA) is working to promote reading and literacy through Read Across-NJ in support of the National Education Association’s (NEA) Read Across America program.
Read Across America aims to build a nation of diverse readers and offers limitless opportunities for involvement in children’s reading throughout the year. The year-round program can fit reading fun into any educator’s calendar daily, weekly or monthly and includes big celebrations of reading on March 2 and throughout National Reading Month in March.
Through its Read Across-NJ program, NJEA urges educators and students throughout the state to explore the world and other cultures through the magic of books. After all, when you read, there’s no place you can’t go! The titles and resources featured by NEA’s Read Across America and NJEA’s Read Across-NJ programs also strive to include books that students can see themselves reflected in.
Nationwide, educators and communities are urged to take part and show children how to discover and explore new adventures through books. Whether they are together in person or virtually, schools around the country will celebrate the day in creative and exciting ways. NJEA encourages community leaders to join local schools in their celebrations.
NJEA has made a major investment in Read Across-New Jersey and each year that commitment grows. This year, NJEA is proud to spotlight the book, The Magician’s Hat by Malcolm Mitchell. In this book, readers witness children finding the opportunity to discover books that help them become whatever they want to be, as well as make their dreams come true through the pages, words and adventures that follow.
So, what are you waiting for? Grab and book and spread the job of reading. After all, you‘re never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child!