What is Read Across America?
Launched in 1998 by the National Education Association (NEA), Read Across America is the nation’s largest celebration of reading. This year-round program focuses on motivating children and teens to read through events, partnerships, and reading resources that are about everyone, for everyone.
When is Read Across America?
Read Across America offers limitless opportunities for involvement in children’s reading throughout the year. The year-round program can fit reading fun into your calendar daily, weekly, or monthly and includes big celebrations of reading on March 2 and throughout National Reading Month in March.
Who Is Celebrating?
Across the nation, teachers, teenagers, librarians, politicians, actors, athletes, parents, grandparents, and others develop Read Across America activities to bring reading excitement to children of all ages. Governors, mayors, and other elected officials recognize the role reading plays in their communities with proclamations and floor statements. Athletes and actors issue reading challenges to young readers. And educators and principals seem to be more than happy to dye their hair green or be duct-taped to a wall to boost their students’ enthusiasm for reading.
How Can I Celebrate?
Use our book and activity suggestions to bring Read Across America to your community. Contact your local school, education association, library, or bookstore about planning or participating in an event.
Where Do I Get Books?
Visit the NEA page on the First Book Marketplace to find featured picture book, middle grade, and young adult titles, 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.
Where Do I Get Read Across America Gear?
In the Read Across America Online Store, you’ll find logo items and additional low-cost items to use in your classroom, library, or wherever you are celebrating reading!
Does Read Across Still Partner with Dr. Seuss Enterprises?
There’s a growing need for schools and libraries to include and promote diverse books. Students need books that provide both windows and mirrors if we are going to create more readers, writers, and people who feel included and recognized, and who understand that the world is far richer than just their experiences alone. NEA recognizes the need to work with a more diverse array of organizations and publishers to fulfill this need, and the Read Across America brand is now one that is independent of any one particular book, publisher, or character.
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.