As a former English teacher and now mom two to bibliophiles, "Read Across America Day" is like any holiday at our house: we go all out! This year Read Across America Day falls on March 1, 2013, but really, we should be celebrating reading everyday. I am sure your local library and child's school is celebrating Dr. Seuss's birthday and Read Across America, but why let them have all the fun? For fun reading events and ideas for celebrating Read Across America for New Jersey families, READ ON!
Community libraries are a wonderful resource for families. From story time to special clubs and fun events, they offer a wide variety of programs that appeal to all ages. Libraries are especially wonderful during the cold winter months when you need somewhere to escape with the kids for a few hours. We’ve rounded up some of the best activities currently scheduled at Northern NJ libraries—read on for some great suggestions to keep your family busy this winter.
And they'll shriek squeaks and squeals, racing 'round on their wheels.
They'll dance with jingtinglers tied onto their heels. They'll blow their floofloovers. They'll bang their tartookas. They'll blow their whohoopers. They'll bang their gardookas. And then they'll make ear-splitting noises galooks On their great big electro whocarnio flooks!
-How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Unless, you get them books for the holidays. In which case they will lay on their bellies in bed, feet swinging behind them, the only sound the soft rustle of pages turning as their imaginations soar. Right? RIGHT!
Boom! Pow! Crash! Zap! If your kid's hero is more Tony Stark than LeBron James, finding a local comic book shop is a must. Just think of all the cool things your kid can learn through reading comic books: the battle of good and evil, visual storytelling, hilarious (intentional and unintentional) dialogue, and how to rock a cape. Read on for quotes and recommendations from some Jersey comic book store owners and a listing of great Northern NJ stores.
"So please, oh PLEASE, we beg, we pray, Go throw your TV set away, And in its place you can install, A lovely bookshelf on the wall."— Roald Dahl, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Well, maybe don't throw away your TV, but do turn it off every now and then, and all the other screens too. New Jersey has many wonderful independent bookstores, run by dedicated bibliophiles, that offer children's programs, and books galore for mom, dad, the tween, the toddler and the tot. Stop in, browse, and walk out with a charming bag stuffed with countless adventures. There is nothing like a good book.
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