March is the time to fill out your NCAA basketball bracket, watch spring arm wrestle with a fading winter, celebrate being Irish even if you’re not, and…READ!
Yes, March is National Reading Month. It’s the time when educators strive to impress on their students the importance of reading, the delights of discovering a favorite book or author, and the connections that can be made to life and learning via reading. Kicked off with National Read Across America Day on March 2nd (Dr. Seuss’ birthday, naturally!), National Reading Month is a celebration of the joys of reading. It urges young and old alike to take time each day to read.
As writers, we don’t need a single month to celebrate our love of the written word. That passion for literature is what drives us to do what we do. But sometimes we get so caught up in writing that we miss out on what most likely inspired us to write in the first place: reading. It’s nice to be reminded once in a while, or in this case for an entire month, that we should take time regularly to crack open a new hardcover or an old favorite. So sashay into March with your “to read” list at the ready. Break out your mentor texts, look at the bestseller and new releases lists, check into the library, or hit your local bookstore. You’ll gather plenty of books to keep yourself busy for far more than 31 days! And maybe you will gain some inspiration for your own writing as well.