National Read Across America Day ~ 2022

Today is Ash Wednesday and marks the beginning of Lent; a time of sacrifice, self-discipline and reflection leading up to Easter. Christians across the world often decide to give up something they enjoy like chocolate or alcohol for instance or  they agree to do special works of service/goodness. The Ranch Hands said “No dice!” on giving anything up but they assured me they would step up and be better doggos on their walks after kind of forgetting what a loose leash walk really means following the recent extended cold spell when walks were impossible. Apparently short term memory can be a problem with dogs.

In addition to Lent, today also marks a different kind of celebration. Today is “Read Across America Day,” created in 1998 by the National Education Association (NEA), as a way to encourage children to read. This annual day is typically held today on Theodor S. Geisel’s birthday, a longtime proponent of reading. You may know him as the estimable, Dr. Seuss. The NEA endorses and promotes the importance of reading and decided to combine their efforts every year on his birthdate.

Dr. Seuss

Little known fact: did you know Dr. Seuss created the word nerd? The first documented use of the word was in his 1950 book, “If I Ran the Zoo” about a boy named Gerald McGrew who visits a zoo and wonders how it might look if he ran it.

We hope you’ll join ‘Thing One and Thing Two’ along with the cats and dogs of Blogville today by reading a book as we celebrate National Read Across America day.

Live, love, bark! 🐾

43 thoughts on “National Read Across America Day ~ 2022

  1. Nope, didn’t have a clue where “nerd” came from. We always enjoy the blogs on Dr. Seuss Day! Have a great week, and some good, easy walks. (It’s in the low 80’s here this week and sunny!)

    1. It’s always a great blog hop.
      P.S. It’s been warm and sunny here these past few days. Winter returns again tomorrow and over the weekend…also known as Springtime in the Rockies. 😉

    1. Either way, it’s a pretty cool thing to ‘create’ a widely used term…among kids AND their parents. 😄

  2. We are spending our time reading some of our favourite things – our pals blogs! Didn’t know about the word nerd!

    1. That fact caught me by surprise as well. It’s pretty cool it’s deep in everyone’s consciousness these days.

    1. Thanks for joining and thanks for swinging by our ‘Ranch.’ We 💙 visitors. Hope you had a pawsome Dr. Seuss Day.

  3. Dr. Seuss and his many books have always been favorites here. Mom has quite the collection too. We are all in favor of Read Across America Day – reading opens one to so much!!!

    Happy Dr. Seuss Day!!!

    Woos- Lightning, Misty, and Timber

    1. We can only hope that the reading of books (rather than timelines) will open minds up to possibilities and diversity…these days that kind of seems to be in short supply. Hope your Dr. Seuss Day was ‘pawsome.’

  4. Lookin so cute Thing 1 an Thing 2 aka Sweet Norman an Elsa!
    An wee did NOT know Doctur Seussy cree-ated THE werd NERD! One of our FAVE streamers on Twitch is called JayNerdsPlace 😉
    **nose bopss** BellaDharma an {{huggiess}} BellaSita Mum

    1. We’ll have to check out JayNerdsPlace. We’re fans of all nerds. 😉

    1. I had no idea either. Kind of cool factoid. And a Seussical day to you as well!

  5. Oh boy – well “nerd” has certainly come in handy more than a few times in my years and now I know who I can thank for adding it to my vocabulary! Happy Dr. Seuss Day!

    Hugs, Pam

    1. Happy Dr. Seuss Day to you and Teddy! Yup, the nerd-osphere is quite alive and well.

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    Scritches to the pups, a smooch to Norman and a hug to you. ♥

  7. that’s interesting, one thing I never knew about Dr.Seuss was that he created the word “nerd”, interesting!!!

      1. I don’t worry about Norman keeping his word, it’s Elsa who’s seemed to gone feral again whenever we see another dog. Sigh.

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