'Read Across America' Day Is Filled With Surprising Perks for Moms


bedtime storyHappy Read Across America Day! Which just happens to fall on the birthday of the late great Theodore Seuss Geisel -- a.k.a. Dr. Seuss. Yes, today is all about kids and books and literacy and the government reminding us that, hey, Reading Is Fundamental.

Right about now you're probably thinking, "Oh, man! Seriously, now I gotta read to this kid? I just gave it a bag of Doritos an hour ago! This job never ends! What's in it for me?"

Actually, there are several surprising perks for parents who read to their children -- and I'm not just talking about all that stuff "good" moms are supposed to flip over like smarter kids and stuff.

Check it out:

1. Storytime is the perfect time to get some thinking done. Kids always want to hear the same books over and over and over again. "Again! Again! Again!" After the several hundredth reading, you can totally go on autopilot and think about other stuff besides red/blue fish and hopping on pop: What you need at the grocery store, for example, or your monthly household budget.

2. A well-chosen bedtime story is better than a kiddie sleeping pill. Reading your kid to sleep is an art form, but once you find the right book and learn how to make your voice really, really soothing? She'll drift off to dreamland before you say good night to the clock and the socks.

3. Reading a book out loud is a great way to send subtle messages to nearby grown-ups. Let's say you're feeling overworked and under-appreciated. Perhaps a pointed reading of The Little Red Hen is in order (additional commentary optional):

"'Then I will DO IT MYSELF,' said the little red hen. 'And she DID!' Isn't that sad, no one would HELP the little red hen?"

4. When you read your child a story, you get to sit down. Toddlers never ever EVER run out of energy, but at least they're usually willing to sit still for a few good books. I recommend designating a super-comfortable couch as your "reading nook."

What do you like about reading to your kids?


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Lovin... LovinJerseyMama

We read three books in the morning, afternoon and before bed. It's one of our daily rituals and my girls love it :) my three year old reads to my one year old throughout the day and to herself when she's doing quiet time. I can't stress enough how awesome books are for both the young & old :)

jagam... jagamama0710

LOL @ Number 3. 

We love to read in this house. We're making a fort to read a bunch of books in this afternoon, followed by a couple Dr. Seuss crafts. :)

Deweymom Deweymom

I grew up near Springfield, Mass(home of Dr Suess) so I love passing his stories on to DD.

I'm memorized Cat in the Hat, green eggs and Gam and the grinch. Lol. He current favorite is Horton hears a Who. The singsong rhyming is great for knocking her out at bedtime!

teddy... teddysmama09

the  first time my son (who's name, incidently, is Theodor) put two words together it was "cat hat" (as in cat in the hat).

there is nothing quite like seeing your child fall in love with a story. They love the characters like they're real people and get so excited when they recognize a word. The only downside is you will get tired of "The Small Pig" waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyyy before your kid does!! LOL

CafeM... CafeMochaMom1

Happy Birthday Dr. Seus! However, my children are Disney-Aladdin, Beauty & The Beast, etc. and Berenstain Bears book lovers. The Little Golden Books were also a big deal by them. I may have read the Dr. Seus books a couple of times though.

Paul Czekaj

In celebration of “Read Across America,” I wrote an original song that mentions many great stories of the great Dr. Seuss. I’ve been performing it for my daughter’s elementary school for the past ten years! It’s a very upbeat, bouncy and fun song that the kids really enjoy. It has been such a hit that I recorded the song and produced a music video to go along with it. The video can be found on youtube.com labeled “Reading’s Lots of Fun by Paul Czekaj.” Please share it with the librarians and children in your state. I hope they enjoy it, and it inspires them to Read, Read, Read!!!!!! I’d love to hear feedback from you!

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