National Read Across America day took place earlier this month on Monday, March 2. Educators and students across the country continue to enjoy Dr. Seuss stories and simple rhymes throughout the month. As a former educator and current homeschool mom, I enjoy the celebrations. I taught first grade and thrived on Dr. Seuss stories simply because they focus on word families that are easy-reads and enjoyable for beginning readers. The simplicity and repetition helps early readers gain confidence. In general, rhyming is a tool and skill that reinforces recognizing similar ending sounds, patterns and rules with words and word families, and distinctions between middle vowel sounds. I find rhyming stories to be extremely beneficial for early readers. Rhyming can also serve as a beginning skill for poetry and keeping musical time – as poems can turn into songs or spoken-word projects (or raps) for kids… which they love!