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The Magic and Joy of Reading to Kids on Read Across America Day

On the morning of March 1st, students from Capitol West Academy joined in Read Across America Day, a nationwide celebration of reading and a birthday party for Dr. Seuss. Alongside millions of kids and adults across the country, the CWA family gathered around favorite titles from Dr. Seuss and others.

Honored guest Donna Nicolai-Weber, founder and former executive director of CWA, read aloud to Capitol West Academy kindergarteners and presented a keynote talk about the joy of books. With forty years of experience in both public and private education, Nicolai-Weber is a passionate advocate for reading.

Leaders are Readers

Donna Nicolai-Weber read to students March 1.

Nicolai-Weber was joined by more than 20 other community volunteers, from Milwaukee Police Department officers to SaintA and Capitol West Academy board members. Also joining in were Ann Leinfelder Grove, CEO of SaintA; Mary Kay Mark of the Greater Milwaukee Foundation; Cliff Asmuth from the A.W. Asmuth Fund; Bernell Hooker, owner of the Milwaukee Aces; and Cliffton Phelps, owner of JCP Construction.

It is thanks to all these volunteers that Capitol West Academy students could see that leaders are readers!

Reading Opens New Doors

In I Can Read with My Eyes Shut!, Dr. Seuss reminds us that “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

Not just on March 1st, but every day, Capitol West Academy aims to show its students that reading is not just a practical life skill. And, it’s not just a vocabulary-building, memory-improving, confidence-building experience — although it is all of that, too!

Reading is a tool for unlocking new possibilities! Books expand the imagination, open doors to other cultures, and spark new interests in children.

Resources to Inspire Any Young Reader

Instilling a love for reading happens at home. Here are 18 ways parents can help kids develop a hunger for more reading. Plus, today more than ever, America’s children can pick up books with characters that look like them. These books with characters of color feature books for all age groups with diverse protagonists.

Still, some children experience difficulty with their reading confidence, have trouble finding books that interest them, or simply insist they do not like to read. If that’s the case, try these books for reluctant readers

Another way to get reluctant readers hooked on books is through audio storytelling. Find resources for free audiobooks here. And remember: “You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild to pick up a book and read with a child.”