Read Across America day on March 2, or anytime!

It’s here!

Read Across America 2011 arrives Wednesday. It’s often difficult for some schools in Illinois to celebrate the day because it falls during ISAT testing season, but that hasn’t stopped some school districts, or IEA members, from finding ways to celebrate.

Some celebrate the week before. Others will celebrate after the fact.

Nicola Germann, a second grade teacher at Wanda Kendall School in Watseka, will celebrate with her students Friday.

Students will be able to bring in their own blankets and pillows, or use classroom carpet squares and beach towels, to “read the day away with their friends,” she said.

“I make as many Dr. Seuss books as possible available that day, since his books run from easy readers to complex vocabulary,” Germann said. “The kids are also welcome to bring their own favorite books and magazines from home.”

Late in the day, they also make Oobleck with cornstarch (a lesson within a lesson as Oobleck is a polymer-based science experiment disguised as slime).

Others put some pre-thinking into the day. Check out Colleen Crandall’s third grade class from Dryden Elementary School in Arlington Heights. Students drew likenesses of themselves dressed as the Cat in the Hat with their favorite Dr. Seuss books in hand.

Art teacher Tricia Fuglestad then submitted those photos to the local PBS station, WTTW, and the PBS station turned their pictures into a promotional ad that will be aired on television before an episode of “The Cat in the Hat knows a lot about that.”

If you’re looking for other ideas for ways to celebrate Dr. Seuss and Read Across America, the National Education Association website has a page dedicated to the event that’s full of them.

It’s never too late to read and to celebrate reading!