Friday, May 14, 2021

May Every Day | Get Caught Reading Month

May Every Day is a series of (almost) daily blog posts for May 2021 sharing days and weeks that we celebrate or observe. Some of these days are well-known holidays while others are more obscure observances, some are celebrated internationally while others are more nationally focused, some are significant while others are just plain FUN!

The Get Caught Reading campaign was founded in 1999 by the Association of American Publishers and actually runs all year long, with May being designated as Get Caught Reading Month. It is designed to encourage people of all ages to enjoy books and magazines and to share the pleasure of reading with the young children in their lives. This is definitely my kind of celebration!

I can't remember a time when I wasn't reading something, and I love sharing about books here on the the blog, reading books to children, discussing books with others, participating in book clubs, and using books to teach.

In fact, one of my favorite traditions involves reading. The first time I meet a new niece or nephew (or now great-niece or nephew), I read them a book. I think I started this first-time-meeting-tradition when my twin nieces were born in 2005, although I read many (many!) books to the older three before that time. That first meeting has taken place at different times for each of the kids, depending on family schedules and traveling distances. I've done first-time reading to preemies in the NICU, babies a few months old, a toddler, and even a 10-year-old (who joined our family when her mom married my nephew).

Of course, I keep reading to them anytime I get the chance! I'm always happy to read something the kids/teens are reading so we can discuss it. I've been known to have the whole family act out a book I'm reading at get-togethers, and last year I even read some Christmas stories over Zoom!

Yep, this is definitely my kind of celebration!

Did you know about the Get Caught Reading campaign? Who will you be sharing your love of reading with this month?

1 comment:

  1. That's a new one to me, but one I can fully subscribe to. I almost always have at least two books going, and rarely go a day without reading. Love those photos of you with the adorable babies!


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