Governor, First Lady Justice release book-reading for Read Across America Day


School teachers across West Virginia are encouraged to join the celebration by reading to their students
CHARLESTON, WV – Gov. Jim Justice today released a video book reading to all West Virginia schools in celebration of the upcoming Read Across America Day. The Governor chose “Take Me Home, Country Roads” – a children’s book adapted from the John Denver song of the same name and illustrated by Christopher Canyon. 
National Read Across America Day is held each year on March 2 – the birthday of beloved children’s book author, Dr. Seuss. The day was established by the National Education Association in 1998 to get kids excited about reading. The month of March is also National Reading Month. School teachers across West Virginia are encouraged to join the celebration by reading to their students.

After his book reading, Gov. Justice spoke directly to West Virginia students.

“We had plenty of different books to choose from, but I picked this one because it connects us to our home,” Gov. Justice said. “I ask our children in West Virginia to always remember home, always remember just how great this state really is, and always remember all those around you that love you.

“Be proud of who you are,” Gov. Justice continued. “Be proud that you are in the best state; the state that people have begun to envy as the diamond in the rough that they missed; the state where people work hard and know the difference between right and wrong.

“God gave us this beautiful state and John Denver gave us this incredible song, and both give us memories that will last forever.”
Later in the day, First Lady Cathy Justice also released a video book-reading for West Virginia students. The First Lady chose “Love is all around West Virginia” – a children’s book written by Wendi Silvano and illustrated by Joanna Czernichowska.

After her book reading, the First Lady spoke directly to West Virginia students.

“This is a wonderful book. It shows that everyone can care about one another,” First Lady Justice said.

“Everyone needs someone who they know cares about them. Tomorrow, get together with your friends and read to one another. You can share stories, share time, and – best of all – share in your love for each other.”


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