Celebrate Dr. Suess' Birthday and Read Across America!
by Kathleen Carpenter
Teachers.Net will join the
National Education Association's Read Across America initiative with a full schedule of "Teachers Read Too!" events during March 2000. Activities will include giveaways of autographed books from the many authors, illustrators, and experts in the field of education who have appeared for live chats with Teachers.Net.
Robert Munsch, Bobbi Fisher, Jan Brett, Alfie Kohn, Eric Carle, Joan Holub, Esme Codell, Hap Palmer, Grace Haskins, Joseph S. Bonsall, Pat Cunningham, Michael McCurdy, Marjan Glavac, Barabar Seuling, Mike Artell, and Caldecott Award winner Emily Arnold McCully are among those who have provided signed copies of publications and materials to be given away during the month long event at the Teachers.Net web site. The collection includes quality literature for children and books for professional educators.
In order to receive details and updates about how to enter drawings for books during March, check in daily at the Read Across America page http://teachers.net/mentors/raa. Also, information will be e-mailed directly to Teachers.Net Read Across America mailring subscribers. Sign up free at http://teachers.net/mailrings.
In addition to the book giveaway, Teachers.Net will unveil a new e-mail discussion group, Book Talk. This feature will join several dozen existing mailrings to provide a forum where educators can discuss their professional and pleasure reading with colleagues worldwide. As with all Teachers.Net resources, enrollment is free and available at http://teachers.net/mailrings.
Rounding out the month's offerings will be live chats with authors and illustrators of interest to educators. Check the schedule through the "Live Meetings" link on the homepage: http://teachers.net.
Read Across America Day is celebrated annually on March 2, the birth date of popular and prolific children's author Dr. Seuss. Instituted in 1998 and billed as the largest celebration of reading this country has ever seen, the event drew participation by roughly ten million children and adults in it's first year, and twice that in 1999. Teachers.Net has created a chatboard http://www.teachers.net/mentors/raa/about.html and mailring http://teachers.net/mailrings dedicated to discussion about ways to make Read Across America Day 2000 the biggest and best to date.
For additional information, contact Kathleen Carpenter by e-mail at kathleen @ teachers.net.