Read the Day Away: Celebrating National Readathon Day with Every Child Ready to Read

Read the Day Away: Celebrating National Readathon Day with Every Child Ready to Read

By Travis Corter, Brodart Copywriter

They say the best things in life are free. But spending a whole day reading? That’s priceless.

A Very Special Day in May
This year’s National Readathon Day falls on Saturday, May 21, and I can’t think of a better way to spend a Saturday. The American Library Association will use the funds raised before and during the special day to support their Every Child Ready to Read (ECRR) initiative, a program that trains and encourages young readers.

New Worlds, Wondrous Eyes
Hosting a Reading Party can help adult patrons and their children bond while preparing the child for future success in school.

When I was little, my mom regularly sat and read to me. I remember enjoying picture books about farms, talking bears, and the like—as well as the day I asked my mom if I could read Green Eggs and Ham to her. That was the first book I ever read by myself. My mom was beaming.

We Help Them More Than We Know
Brodart’s Nerissa Moran points out a key benefit often overlooked when we think of the impact adults have on their children’s reading. “We frequently think about reading to children. We know that is important,” Moran says. “But our own enjoyment of reading sets an example for the next generation and can be an important influence.”

The look of joy on a child’s face as the words whisk them away is a singular phenomenon. This May, share your love of reading and change a child’s life.

We never need an excuse to read all day…but it’s nice to have one, anyway!