Today is Read Across America Day!! Have you heard of it? What do you/will you do to celebrate? This day is always celebrated on March 2, which is not coincidentally, also the birthday of Dr. Suess!
To help celebrate here, we're writing a book, and we're going to have it hard bound and printed. It's not to publish, just our own personal keepsake, but man, the project is fun! Of course we'll be reading tonight too, we always do. It will be no surprise if my son picks out one of his books from I See Me! They are always on his short list of favorites.
“The mission of I See Me! is to make children feel special through personalized books that celebrate the uniqueness of each child. Children feel great reading our personalized books because the story is about them. Not only do we personalize the books with the child’s name in the text, but we also integrate the child’s name into the illustrations, and some of our books even feature the child’s face throughout the illustrations. This sparks a love of reading in the child, and it connects parents and children as they read our award-winning books together." ~ Maia Haag (founder of "I See Me!")
The founder of I See Me! also has some great tips to share with you!
Personalized children’s book build self-esteem in children in 3 ways:
· Kids feel very special and important when they receive a book that has been made just for them, with their very own name in it. Gift-givers can also include the child’s photo on the dedication page. Some books from I See Me! such as 1-2-3 Blast Off with Me, My Farm Friends and My Dino Egg Hunteven incorporate a photo of the child’s face into the illustrations. It’s so much fun for kids to see themselves in the books!
· I See Me! goes even further by incorporating messages into the books that build the child’s self-esteem. For example, in My Very Own Fairy Tale, flower fairies bring adjectives such as “smart, generous or resourceful” to describe the girl who would make the perfect fairy princess. In The Super, Incredible Big Brother/Sister, the child learns why his or her role as a big brother or sister is so important. In Who Loves Me?, the child hears the names of people who love the child, and the story encourages the child to reach to the sky to show “how much.”
· Nothing shows a child how special he or she is than having parents take time out of their busy day to focus exclusively on the child while reading together. Since our books are personalized, they help make an even stronger connection between the parent and child.
I love the concepts behind the I See Me! mission and key points for reading, and I'm guessing you will/do too. You can learn more about them by visiting their website. You can learn more about Read Across America (and pick up some great ideas to help you celebrate where you are!) by visiting here.
Will you be reading today?