Jennifer Pickrell

YA Writer

First Week of March

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It’s a big week for books (and pets).

Tomorrow (Tuesday) is Dr. Seuss’ birthday and the NEA will again have its Read Across America Day.  According to the NEA’s website,, the first Read Across America was held on March 2, 1998 and it is “an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading.”

You don’t have to read a Dr. Seuss book, although I might pick up my old favorite, “Green Eggs and Ham,” but you should pick up a book and encourage the kids in your life to read.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010 is World Read Aloud Day (, which is a “global event…intended to raise awareness for the importance of literacy for humanity across all countries, foster community, and promote the transformative power of story.”

I say it’s just another great reason to pick up a book and share it with a friend…perhaps a pet, which brings me to the other Wednesday event, which is (no lie) “If Pets Had Thumbs Day.” 

Perhaps there is a pet out there that could use these newly acquired thumbs to do a little research to tell me the origin of this unusual holiday which exists (I’m assuming) so we can ponder all the awesome things cats and dogs could or would do if they had thumbs.  My parent’s cat, Parker, would no doubt use this opportunity to thumb an opponent in the eye.   

On a final note: March is Women’s History Month.  Sorry, no clever commentary on this one yet.  The month is still young, I’ll no doubt think of something to pass along.   

Until the next little known holiday…I’ll be busy reading.


Author: Jennifer Pickrell

I write YA contemporary filled w/ romance, angst & family drama. Things I like: cats, snacks, baseball, green tea, taking pictures of trees & movies so bad, they’re good.

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