Bookish Happenings

Read Across America Day 2019

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!  You would have been 115 years old today!  And in honor of your birthday, we celebrate Read Across America Day, a celebration of reading and literacy to encourage our children to pick up books and enjoy!

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I was lucky enough to participate in the Read Across American celebration at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt (the incredible place that I work) which we celebrated on Thursday.  When the email came through asking for staff and faculty volunteers to read books to children, I couldn’t turn down the opportunity.  As we all know, I love books.  And I love the chance to share that love with others, especially kids.

I will admit that I signed up with no frame of reference for what I would be doing.  I just knew I would be reading in a 30 minute time slot.  I imagined a flock of children huddled around me as a read a classic book, excitedly kneeling closer and closer to get a glimpse of the pictures.  But when I showed up at 2:30 PM there were no children.  Imagine my surprise when I walked into Seacrest Studios, the radio studio within our hospital donated by the Ryan Seacrest Foundation, and was told I would be broadcasting to all the rooms in the hospital!

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I scurried over to the stack of books from which I was to choose: Hop on Pop, The Very Clumsy Click Beetle, Where the Wild Things Are…

And what did I choose?  Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day!

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I didn’t realize how short the book was until 10 minutes later, I was done reading!  It went by in a flash.  And although there weren’t any kids in the studio with me, I hope I put a smile on their faces and the faces of their families from the comfort of their rooms.

What are you doing to celebrate Read Across America Day?

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