Ready, Set, Read Across America! It’s as easy as A-B-C, 1-2-3 to plan for Read Across America Day in March and get involved in year-round reading fun in your community.
A. Review the recommended titles in the Read Across America calendar.
B. Choose from ideas for sharing books in the calendar and our suggestions for virtual and physically distanced activities that best fit your school or community. Plan one big March activity or schedule monthly reading fun—or plan both!
C. Look for ways to tie-in featured books and activities to existing activities on your school calendar and your curriculum.
1. Use these titles and resources whenever and however it works best for you. These books and activities can fit anywhere, anytime of year.
2. Get books! Visit the NEA page on the First Book Marketplace to find titles featured in the calendar and the poster, as well as other high-quality titles. First Book makes these titles available at affordable prices to educators serving children in need. Sign up at firstbook.org/NEA. Look for titles not available from First Book at Scholastic (scholastic.com/teachers/home/).
3. Need more help? Join us on Facebook for ideas to help you celebrate reading on special days, every month, or on Read Across America Day, along with helpful promotional and communication tools—like our Read Across America logo.
From virtual "mystery readers" to StoryWalks that exercise kids' bodies as well as their minds, we've got lots of ideas for celebrating safely.
When people make the time to read with children, children get the message that reading is important. Follow these guidelines to make the read-aloud experience a great one for you and for your listeners!
Resources you can use to promote your Read Across America events and activities.
Need help finding books to put into the hands of readers? Check out these resources and bring print and online books to qualifying schools and students.
NEA’s Read Across America has a new logo, available to NEA members and Association staff to help promote and plan their events. Download the logo, along with our usage guidelines here.
Shake up story time with these featured videos from Read Across America partner KidLit TV, a diverse group of parents, educators, librarians, kid lit creators, and award-winning filmmakers working together to create fun new ways to reinforce children’s appreciation of reading.
For even more resources to help you improve your lessons and inspire your students, sign up for EdPractice, NEA's newsletter dedicated to your professional practice.
The world—and books—are filled with many different kinds of people. Getting to know them is interesting, exciting, and fun! NEA’s Read Across America has great booklists to help you discover terrific titles to read aloud to engage and inspire your students.