Schools, libraries, community centers and other organizations are being encouraged by the National Education Association (NEA) to "build a nation of readers" by bringing children, teenagers and books together through its recent annual Read Across America celebration.

The Huntington Learning Center (HLC) in New Milford is participating by urging young and old to read while offering tips on how to make reading fun.

"Read Across America Day, celebrated on Dr. Seuss's birthday, gives education professionals like us another reason to show children and teenagers in the community how important and exciting reading can be for them," said Christine Matta of Huntington Learning Center of New Milford.

"Reading is such an integral part of growing," she said. "And, with the continued popularity around technology advances in social media, cell phones and video games, we want to bring back the `fun' in fundamental reading."

Ms. Matta recommends the following examples to help parents encourage children to read:

-Mark your calendar for reading time. Designate a day and time when the family comes together for at least 30 minutes to take turns in reading something aloud.

Whether it is a children's book, adventure story, teen magazine or sports publication, you are promoting family time, learning about your children's interests, and encouraging reading as a fun activity.

-Bring reading into the kitchen. Find a recipe for your next family dinner and ask your child or teenager to help you read the recipe and prepare the meal.

Children and young adults always love to help out in the kitchen and when it comes time to eat, he or she will be proud to say he or she helped out.

-Take a library field trip. Not only do libraries offer a ton of books for you and your children to choose from, they have myriad activities for children and teenagers that promote reading.

Check out your local library's monthly calendar of events, and also make regular trips there with them to choose weekly or monthly reading materials.

-Ask for help. If you need assistance with encouraging your children to read, ask the librarian, your child's teachers, or other education professionals for help.