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Embark Upon a Literary Adventure at the Read Across Pensacola Day Extravaganza!

Every year, Read Across America sparks excitement in schools, libraries, and communities nationwide.


This annual celebration, held on March 2, emphasizes the importance of reading and literacy in children’s lives. Beyond the joy of storytelling, this national initiative serves as a poignant reminder of the profound impact early literacy has on a child’s academic success and lifelong learning journey.

Local nonprofit ReadyKids! invites the community to come out for an unforgettable literary adventure at the Read Across Pensacola Day Extravaganza on March 2!

This inaugural event encourages families and book lovers of all ages to step into the world of storytelling and let your imagination soar.

Discover a treasure trove of free books waiting to be explored. From timeless classics to thrilling tales, there’s a story for every adventurer. Engage in hands-on literacy crafts and activities and let your imagination run wild as you embark on a journey through the power of words. Whether you’re a lifelong bookworm or just discovering the magic of reading, there’s something for everyone at the Read Across Pensacola Day Extravaganza!

Special guests who will enchant the crowd include Mayor D.C. Reeves, Sheriff Chip Simmons, a surprise firefighter, and Anna Theriault, local author of “P is for Pelican: The ABCs of Pensacola.”

Mark your calendars and join ReadyKids! for a day of imagination, adventure, and literary wonder at the Read Across Pensacola Day Extravaganza!

The magic unfolds on Saturday, March 2 from 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM in downtown Pensacola at Fountain Park, located at 300 E Zaragoza Street. Entrance is free and includes books to take home, live story time sessions, literacy-based crafts and activities, face painting, balloon animals, access to an array of community resources, and so much more.

This event is made possible thanks to the Presenting Sponsor: PenAir Credit Union; Ready Reader Sponsor: Taylor, Warren, Weidner & Hancock, P.A.; and Literacy Leader Sponsor: Cardoso Law, PLLC.

To extend the fun and excitement found on Read Across Pensacola Day, the community is also invited to a happy hour and mini fundraiser on Friday, March 8 from 5:00-6:00 PM at Phineas Phoggs in Seville Quarter.

This community celebration serves as a kickoff for National Reading Month, which runs throughout March, and is an opportunity to learn more about how ReadyKids! is advancing kindergarten readiness in Escambia County. Guest speakers include Dr. Lusharon Wiley, Executive Director of the Equity Project Alliance; and Megan McBride, ReadingPal, ReadyKids! Board Member, and Partner at Cowper Law. Festivities include a cash bar, free desserts, free books, a bucket raffle, and support of local literacy efforts. This ‘celebration for a cause’ is led in partnership by ReadyKids! and Pensacola Association of Realtors.

As these literacy events unfold and the community comes together to celebrate the magic of books and reading, one might wonder what inspired such celebrations in the first place. And the answer is simple: the importance and joy of early literacy is meant to be shared.

Early literacy lays the foundation for a child’s educational achievements and future success. It is during the early years of life that children develop crucial language and communication skills, which are essential for effective learning in school and beyond. Reading to young children not only exposes them to new vocabulary and concepts but also fosters a love for books and learning.

Early literacy is a key predictor of future academic performance. Children who are exposed to reading early on are more likely to excel in school, perform better on standardized tests, and develop a lifelong love of reading. Beyond academic benefits, early literacy has a positive impact on children’s social and emotional development, helping them build empathy, compassion, and critical thinking skills. Indeed, it is the cornerstone of lifelong success.

Do you remember the first time you opened a book and felt the magic of storytelling come alive? For many of us, those early moments of literary discovery are etched in our memories forever.

The thrill of turning the pages, the excitement of meeting new characters, and the wonder of exploring new worlds all combine to create a sense of enchantment that stays with us throughout our lives. It’s in these moments that our love with reading begins, shaping our imaginations and opening doors to endless possibilities. As we get ready to celebrate Read Across Pensacola Day and National Reading Month, let us rekindle those cherished memories and rediscover the joy of getting lost in a good book.

Learn more about the ReadyKids! mission and National Reading Month celebrations at ReadyKidsFL.org.

Kristy Craig, Executive Director, ReadyKids! Reach me at: 850-380-3652 or Kristy@ReadyKidsFL.org

*Note from Local Pulse Editor: Kristy Craig is a part of our Community Voices series. Community Voices is a group of Pensacola dwellers that are making a difference in our city by sharing best practices, experiences, their perspective on impactful subjects, and contributing expertise that leads to movement forward for a stronger community.