California Educator

February 2014

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CTA &You Read Across America Everyone can celebrate! It's that time of year again — Read Across America! B Y T I F FA N Y H A S K E R R E A D AC RO S S A M E R I C A is a national day celebrating reading — this year on Monday, March 3 — sponsored by NEA and CTA, along with many of the country's leading literacy and youth groups. The more children read, the better they read. And the more they read outside of school, the better they do in school. Therefore, this year the Read Across America committee is piloting a project called California Reads, working closely with the California School Library Association, to expand our current day of reading celebration to a yearlong promotion of reading for all ages. Rather than just one day and just one book, California Reads offers teacher-approved quarterly book recommendations for four age groups. 48 Educator 02 Feb 2014 v2.1 int.indd 48 One of the goals of the California Reads program is to involve our local communities in reading events (see sidebar), and there are many ways to celebrate! Invite police officers and firefighters to read their favorite books to your school. Parents can volunteer to read in their child's classroom. Librarians can arrange special story hours. Practice dramatic readings with your students. Invite a local news anchor or even your mayor to read to your group. Ask your local bookstore to host a children's read-in. The list is endless! Resources! Make sure to check our website for resources to help you celebrate, such as downloadable posters, bookmarks, certificates and parent tips. Here you'll also find lesson plans, activity guides, videos and book reviews for the four recommended books. Go to for more information. FE B RUARY 20 14 1/27/14 3:52 PM

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