Feb 24, 2021

How Grant Wood AEA's Media Center Tripled Book Checkouts This Year

Read Across America Day takes place each year on March 2, the birthday of children's author Dr. Seuss. This celebration was established by the National Education Association (NEA) in 1998 to help get kids excited about reading.

Staff in Grant Wood AEA's Media Center have been hard at work continuing to make reading materials available throughout the pandemic. Dianna Geers, a media specialist at GWAEA had this to say. "Since March of 2020, when learning changed, we have added over 600 new ebooks and audiobooks to support the love of reading when access to physical books was not possible."

This increase in ebooks has supported a need for easily accessible reading materials that had high demand even before the pandemic started. "By the end of January 2021 we tripled the amount of book checkouts by students and teachers when compared to the highest previous school year," shares Dianna. Grant Wood AEA paid for districts to use MackinVIA, an online resource that provides easy access to eBooks. Districts provided internet hotspots and devices to make reading from home easier.

Read On: Dianna Shares Some Ideas To Celebrate Read Across America DaCelebrating Read Across America | How Grant Wood AEA's Media Center Tripled Book Checkouts This Yeary

  • Check out NEA's nine ideas on virtually celebrating Read Across America Day
  • This is a suggested reading list for Read Across America
  • Here's a digital break out activity from Read Across America
  • Read Across America Day also wants to promote reading across America every day. They offer ideas and activities for every month throughout the year on this calendar.

Diversity And Representation This Read Across America Day
As we wrap up Black History Month and enter into Women's History Month, GWAEA's Media Center has taken additional care in providing diverse stories this year. "It is with a heightened sense of importance that we searched for books that could be mirrors, windows, and sliding glass doors" adds Dianna. Here are a few recommendations for children of various ages.