March is National Reading Month

To encourage daily reading by Americans young and old, March has been designated National Reading Month. March was selected as National Reading Month to honor the birthday of Dr. Seuss, one of the nation’s most celebrated authors of children’s stories.

According to experts, reading comprehension is an important factor in educational and professional growth. Consistent reading has been shown to improve memory, cognitive function, and vocabulary. They say that initiatives like these are especially important as youth reading scores decline across the nation.  Making reading fun is the key to improving these scores.

While reading with children, parents should ensure that the literature is fun, relatable, and enjoyable. Consistently making time to read with children is an often overlooked and unappreciated part of this experience. Children watch everything their parents do, so parents reading will encourage them to read more as well. Illinoisians young and old can celebrate by picking up a book during March and all throughout the year.

Dale Fowler

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