March 2021: Reading Month

WHEREAS, in honor of the birthday of one of America’s most admired authors and illustrators, Theodor (Dr. Seuss) Geisel, March is celebrated as Reading Month to celebrate and promote the joys and the importance of reading across our state and nation; and,

 

WHEREAS, reading plays a crucial role in our lives, stimulating our imagination, expanding our knowledge of the world and each other, and helping us to develop language skills; and,

 

WHEREAS, reading is also associated with early childhood learning and development, as it helps children to learn sounds, words, and language, expand literacy skills, and develop the ability to focus, concentrate, socialize, and communicate; and,

 

WHEREAS, reading has long-lasting health benefits for individuals of all ages, including increased cognitive function, memory, empathy, and decreased levels of stress; and,  

 

WHEREAS, during this month, we should encourage each other to read every day, spend ample time reading our favorite books, and recommit ourselves to encouraging children and young adults to read diverse literary works early and often so they can see themselves and others in what they read; and,

 

WHEREAS, staying safe at home during the COVID-19 pandemic is a great opportunity to begin an imaginative journey into books;

 

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Gretchen Whitmer, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim March 2021 as Reading Month in Michigan. As Dr. Seuss said, “The more you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you will go.”