It's "Read Across America" day, but for the past year COVID safety restrictions on schools and libraries have limited many kids' access to books.
TODAY's Jenna Bush Hager called on Dav Pilkey, author of the wildly successful and "Dog Man" and "Captain Underpants" series, to surprise and delight some young readers in a virtual book club — and got exclusive video of Pilkey reading "Cat Kid Comic Club" and "Dog Man: Wuthering Heights." Meanwhile, author Karyn Parsons read her book, "Flying Free: How Bessie Coleman’s Dreams Took Flight," to schoolkids in the Bronx.
There's more good news for parents: The nonprofit World Vision is partering with World Reader to get digital books into the hands of more than 5,000 students across the United States. World Reader is working through partner schools to provide under-resourced students with their reading app.
Want to inspire kids at home? Here's a TODAY-exclusive clip of Pilkey reading from his new "Cat Kid Comic Club" series.
And, here's another exclusive video of Pilkey reading from his next book, "Dog Man: Mothering Heights," which will be published on March 23. Get a sneak peek here... and then get reading!