Summer Reading Initiative: “Read to the Top!”

Secretary Arne Duncan kicked off the Department’s summer reading campaign — “Read to the Top!” — with the children’s classic books “Clifford the Big Red Dog” and “Where the Wild Things Are.” The Secretary read to young children, including his own, on the plaza of the ED’s Lyndon Baines Johnson headquarters building. The initiative is in response to President Obama’s “United We Serve” national volunteer campaign that calls for all Americans to serve in their communities over the summer.

See press release.


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3 Comments

  1. If every parent read to their child every day for 30 minutes from birth to 5 years, our schools would perform better because each child would be better prepared to learn when they arrived at kindergarten. Reading to/with a child opens their world to possibilities, making them more competent and confident in their ability to make good choices for their own lives.

    Our goal should be to help children help themselves; become more capable of managing the direction their lives take and relieve dependence upon costly taxpayer-funded social programs.

    Let us all be part of the solution.

  2. A childhood favorite of mine is Harold and the Purple Crayon. I remember reading this book as a young girl and feeling as though I could draw my own new world. I could forget my life in the projects and draw anything I imagined possible.

    This is a fun story to share with kids and give away a purple crayon to each of them encouraging them to dream big and go for it no matter what the circumstance we all have our own personal power to overcome adversity.
    Yes We Can!

  3. The very last comment in this video is a question from one of the children in the audience. Dr. Duncan asks, “How many of you have a library card?”

    Many children raise their hands, but not all. Then a small voice from the crowd asks, “Can I have one?”

    I understand you will be reading one day a week throughout the summer. What will be done to answer this child’s question?

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