Read Across America Day 2014

After I held my Teeny Tiny Trucks launch party at my kids' school library back in November, our principal asked me to help organize an event for Read Across America Day on March 3rd. I had no idea what a fun opportunity it would end up being. Read Across America Day is sponsored by the National Education Association, and it's a great way to promote reading to school kids while also being a celebration of Dr. Seuss's birthday.

I was able to recruit three amazing local children's authors to join me for the event: Sue Fliess, Amy Gibson, and Jeanne Walker Harvey. Between the four of us, we divided and conquered, offering 20 presentations in 2.5 hours to every student at Castro Elementary in Mountain View, grades K-5. Needless to say, Read Across America Day was a huge success. I only wish that all the kids could have seen all of the presentations.

Amy brings literally trunkloads of animals as visual aids for her hysterical collection of animal poems, Around the World on Eighty Legs. Jeanne connects with kids' love of non-fiction through two great picture books. My Hands Sing the Blues is about the life and art of Romare Bearden while Astro the Stellar Sea Lion tells the true-life tale of a rescued sea lion. Sue's Shoes for Me! and A Dress for Me! plus two Little Golden Books about pirates and robots are always crowd pleasers. And, of course, I brought along my uke and iPad to augment my Teeny Tiny Trucks presentations.

I'm so grateful to know such talented and giving community of writers in the Bay Area. Read Across America Day proved what we can do together to encourage new generations of readers and writers. If we inspired just one kid that day, then it was worth it. But, in this case, I can safely say we inspired hundreds of kids. Read Across America Day doesn't have to come just once a year! Every day is an opportunity to put a book in front of a kid and spark their imagination.