Read Across America 2014
Get ready to grab your hat and read with the Cat in the Hat on Monday, March 3, 2014 for the 17th annual Read Across America Day (RAA). The Seussical celebration will kick off a week of reading across the nation as NEA members gather students, parents, and community members together to share their love of reading.
It's never too early to plan your event. Here and on NEA's RAA web pages, you can find tips and resources to help you make your event Seussational.
NEA’s Cat-a-Van Reading Tour to Visit several Ohio Cities
NEA's 2014 Cat-a-Van tour will travel 4,000 miles across the country — bringing with it a celebration of reading to students at 30 schools— and give away books, posters, and other goodies all across the reading tour route. The Cat-a-Van will stop in Pickerington and Hilliard, Ohio on March 6 and in Springfield Local and Akron, Ohio on March 7. The tour will begin Monday, February 24 in Texas and conclude Friday, March 14 in Mississippi, along the way making stops in 18 cities across nine states.
The NEA Cat-a Van tour is made possible through a unique partnership between NEA and Delta Dental, who have teamed up to deliver a very important message to students: 2 x 2 + 20 = good oral health and literacy habits. To keep students reading and brushing at home, books, toothbrushes, posters, and other goodies will be distributed across the reading route. NEA and Delta Dental of Ohio will also be distributing funds to public schools visited by the Cat-a-Van Reading Tour to help keep their libraries stocked with books and other reading inspiration.
2014 Read Across America Literacy Calendar available
The 2014 Read Across America resource calendar packet is available in limited quantities. The calendar, featuring monthly books and activities are available to order while supplies last. To order, email NEA's Read Across America at email@example.com
Delta Dental of Ohio returns as Sponsor
NEA's Read Across America welcomes back Delta Dental of Ohio as National Sponsor of the Read Across America program, Cat-a-Van tours and state affiliate grants. Thanks to Delta Dental of Ohio, NEA's Read Across America offers resources promoting good oral health and reading skills. What's the connection? Oral health problems cause students across the nation to miss 51 million school hours per year. Students who are absent miss critical instruction time, especially during early grades when improving reading skills are a major focus.
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.
OEA is seeking entries for our Read Across America video contest that highlights the importance of reading. It can be your own production, or coverage of a Read Across America event. The winning video will be aired at the Ohio Education Association 2014 Spring Representative Assembly and the winning team will receive a Barnes and Noble $200 gift card.
Everything you need to plan and promote your Seussational reading event.
Planning Your Event
- Create a Reading Event
- Activity Ideas
- 11 Seuss-gestions for a Great Event
- Seuss-Inspired Recipes
- Official Cat in the Hat Logo and Usage Guidelines
- NEA's Read Across America Usage and Logo Guidelines
- Read Across Downloadables: Calendars, Posters, Certificates and More
- Seuss Store -- The Cat-a-log
- Read Across America Song
- Read Across America Oath
- Read Across America Poem
- NEA's Declaration of Reading Independence
- Explore the Many Hats of Dr. Seuss
- Hats Off to Reading Educators Guide
- Partners and Supporters
- Read Across America State Contacts and Activities
Getting Noticed by the Media
- Media Tips for a Read Across America Event
- Sample Media Workplan
- Sample Media Advisory
- Sample Letters to the Editor
- Sample Letters to a Local Newspaper
- Sample Op-Ed Piece
- Sample "Save the Date" Announcement