“Congratulations! Today is your day. You’re off to Great Places! You’re off and away! You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes.You can steer yourself any direction you choose!”
Those opening lines from Dr. Seuss’ classic book “Oh, The Places You’ll Go!” have both entertained and inspired children for decades. Although the catchy book is a beloved children’s story, it’s also a popular graduation gift for young adults preparing to embark on new life journeys. The book was one of over 60 that Theodor Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, penned throughout the course of his prolific literary career. From “The Cat in the Hat” to “Green Eggs and Ham,” his playful, entertaining books permeated American culture so deeply that The Denver Post pronounced he had influenced nearly every American who learned to read.
In 1997, when the National Education Association (NEA) came up with the idea of hosting a nationwide day focused on children’s literacy, they decided to hold it on Seuss’ birthday. Today, their initiative, the Read Across America program, helps children cultivate a lifelong love of reading. The program kicks off in early March with a Read Across America day, where teachers, librarians, writers, celebrities, and athletes gather at community events and pep rallies designed to get kids excited about reading. While Read Across America day is a fun tradition, NEA’s true goal is to encourage children to read 365 days a year.
If you’re looking for ways to cultivate a love of reading in your child, why not consider giving them a magazine subscription? Receiving a new magazine about one of their favorite topics can motivate them to continue reading all year long. Here are a few that they are sure to love:
1.) American Girl magazine
Based on the popular American Girl doll series, this bimonthly magazine provides an age-appropriate alternative to other teen magazines. The issues are filled with articles that encourage girls to bolster their creativity and develop a healthy sense of self-esteem. The magazines feature sections on crafts, contests, photos, snacks, parties, and advice. It’s perfect for inquisitive young girls.
2.) Sports Illustrated for Kids magazine
If you have an athlete in their home, this sports magazine will be perfect for them. The magazine profiles famous athletes, provides extensive coverage of games and sporting events, and offers advice for young athletes. The magazine is chockful of beautiful color photographs, tips about warm-up and workout routines, advice from professional athletes, and information about the rules of various games. If your child loves sports, they’ll look forward to receiving this magazine each month.
3.) Highlights magazine
This beautifully illustrated magazine is designed for children ages 6-12. Highlights magazine encourages children to learn, play, and enjoy being a kid. Filled with jokes, crafts, advice columns, puzzles, riddles, comic strips, drawings, poems, and stories, Highlights magazine will keep kids entertained for hours.
This year, Read Across America day is on March 3. To help celebrate this special day with your kids, buy them a magazine subscription they can look forward to all year long. For, as Dr. Seuss himself said, “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”