About Read Across America
Read Across America is an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on or near March 2, the birthday of beloved children's author Dr. Seuss. Across the country, thousands of schools, libraries, and community centers participate by bringing together kids, teens, and books, and you can too!
“Every year on NEA’s Read Across America Day, the imaginations of children across the country are ignited when they open up a good book,” said NEA President Dennis Van Roekel.
Read Across America also provides OEA members, parents, caregivers, and children the resources and activities they need to keep reading on the calendar 365 days a year, to motivate children to read and generate new enthusiasm for reading.
"You're never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read with a child."
NEA's 2013 Read Across America
"Grab your Hat and Read with the Cat" will be the 2013 theme of NEA's Read Across America celebration as we return to the beloved Dr. Seuss tale of mischief and celebrate the joy of reading across the nation on Friday, March 1, this year's official Read Across America Day.
We're busy putting together new resources and materials and will be posting them in the coming weeks and the Cat is getting ready to hit the road, plus the Read Across America team will soon have a new Read Across America calendar poster, new certificates, bookmarks and other resources for your celebrations.
And stay tuned for new and exciting announcements from NEA's read Across America as we celebrate our 16th year of building a nation of readers and sharing our love of reading.
New Seuss store and Cat-a-log
Looking to decorate your school and classroom in Seussian style? NEA Member Benefits has created a new online Seuss store for your celebration. You'll find one of the largest selection of Dr. Seuss products including reading awards, pencils, decore, and so much more. NEA members will get a special 20% discount with no minimum order required plus FREE Shipping for any order of $25 or more.
Looking for Books?
If you serve a high needs student population and are in need of books for your reading event, check out the First Book Marketplace, run by Read Across America partner First Book. They have books by Dr. Seuss and many of your favorite authors at significant discounts. And if you qualify, sign up to become a First Book recipient of free books.
Join the Read Across America Fan and Cause pages on Facebook
Help us spread the word and build a nation of readers! Through the Read Across America Facebook fan page and cause page you'll be able to share photos, videos, and ideas, plus hear the latest news from NEA's Read Across America and its partners.
Involve all members. For example, bus drivers can set up a reading challenge; cafeteria workers can prepare recipes from your favorite books; and students and higher ed members can get their campus involved in your community. All of them can be guest readers.
- Team up with Read Across America partners for your event. NEA's Read Across America has more than 50 national organization partners from the American Library Association to Youth Service America. Check out our partners list and find out if there's a local link for you. Don't forget to contact local businesses and organizations. They're great sources of book donations and volunteer readers.
- Have your mayor, school board, or legislators issue a proclamation. You can use NEA's sample proclamation to create your own.
- Hit the airways and read on the radio. Ask your local radio disc jockey to read or even broadcast from your school. They'll love the opportunity.
- Aim high. Who says high school students won't get involved? High School students love reader's theater and poetry slams, and middle school students can organize book fairs and read to elementary students, or create blogs to engage their peers.
- Play the pajama game. Invite parents and students to don their pajamas and snuggle up and read in an overnight readathon.
- Tip your hats to hometown heroes. Have students write to local heroes and ask them about their favorite books. Showcase these hometown heroes and their choices in your reading celebration.
- Put reading on parade or hold a book lovers' ball. Invite local authors and illustrators and showcase their books and characters in style.
- Put on your culture cap. Create a culture cafe and put books on the menu. Your reading recipes can combine food and fiction or nonfiction and offer a taste of reading's great adventures.
- Make your reading event a multilingual, multicultural affair. Looking for readers? Why not try storytellers from your ethnic minority communities. Their oral traditions are treasure troves for your students.
- Team up for reading. Contact your local sports team for guest readers and invite high school marching bands to welcome your students.
Don't forget to pledge your own event on the RAA Facebook Fan Page. You'll find lots of tips and ideas and be able to share your own.
Read Across America Resources
Thanks to major support by Renaissance Dental, NEA’s Read Across America has new materials and resources to promote good oral health and reading skills, that you can use for your Read Across America celebrations or all year long.
The Famous Cat in the Hat Logo
Cool FREE Stuff to Print and Reproduce
- 2013 Downloadable Resource Calendar
- 2013 Read Across America Day Poster
- 2013 Read Across America/Renaissance Dental Bookmarks ( PDF, 221 KB, 2 pgs.)
- 2013 Reading and Brushing Log
- 2013 Tooth Tips ( PDF, 805 KB, 2 pgs.)
New! Certificate of Achievement ( PDF, 1.1 MB, 1 pg.)
Award this certificate to students who take part in your reading event.
New! Certificate of Appreciation
Award this certificate to adults and others who help with your reading event.
- Read Across America Poem
- Read Across America Reader's Oath
New! Proclamation ( PDF, 696 KB, 1 pg.)
Have your local town council proclaim March 1 as a day to celebrate kids and reading.
- Oral Health Recommended Books ( PDF, 1.3 MB, 3 pgs.)
- Teacher's Top 100 Books for Children
- Kids' Top 100 Books
- Asian-American Booklist
- Spanish/English Bilingual Booklist
- 50 Multicultural Books Every Child Should Read
- Celebrity Book Pics
- 50 State Booklist
- Native American Booklist
- African American Booklist
- Authors' Favorite Booklist