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2016 Read Across America Reading Tour Highlights

This is the place to see all the Seusstastic highlights from NEA's Read Across America 2016 Six-city Reading Tour! After checking out all the celebrations here, be to share your highlights on social media by tagging photos and updates with the hashtag #readacrossamerica. Happy reading!


NEA President Lily Eskelsen Garcia, along with Cat in the Hat, Thing 1 and Thing 2, helped kick off NEA's Reading Tour in Celebration of Read Across America 2016 at Herbert Marcus Elementary School in Dallas, Texas! 

Texas State Teachers Association President Noel Candelaria, Thing 1 and Thing 2 are ready to Rock Read Across at Marcus Elementary School

Check out the full story: Dallas Plays Host to Read Across America Kickoff

The students and faculty at Marcus also helped us make this cool Read Across Kickoff video!


Music City celebrated reading at the Nashville Adventure Science Center! Local entertainer, Mr. Steve, enchanted students with reading/book-themed performances and encouraged the children to join along in the musical magic. NEA Secretary-Treasurer Princess Moss, Cat in the Hat, Thing 1, and Thing 2 were all on hand for the day's reading festivities:


Read more about how Read Across America rocked Music City: NEA’s Read Across America Meets Nashville’s Southern Hospitality.


NASHVILLE: Read Across America 2016


NEA's 2016 Read Across America Tour rolled into Phoenix on March 1st! NEA Executive Committee Members Kevin F. Gilbert and Shelly Moore Krajacic joined Cat in the Hat, Thing 1, and Thing 2 for an amazing celebration of reading at Broadmor Elementary School!

Jolly Roger, an area magician, dazzled students with his show, which emphasized the magic of reading:

The magic continued when Kevin Gilbert and Shelley Moore Krajacic electrified the crowd with their rendition of Green Eggs and Ham:

After the show, dozens of education majors—and NEA student program members—from Arizona State University worked with Broadmor students to create their own magic through stories and illustrations:


Learn more about the dazzling day of reading at Broadmor: The Magic Continues With read Across America


"What Pet Should I Get"?  That's the Dr. Seuss theme book of Read Across America 2016. It's also what students in San Diego - home town of Dr. Seuss himself - pondered on Read Across America Day, and Dr. Seuss's birthday! The Suessical birthday bash took place at San Diego Humane Society, where NEA Vice-President Becky Pringle joined Cat in the Hat, Thing 1, and Thing 2:

Hundreds of Rolando Elementary School students from the San Diego area gathered at the Humane Society for the birthday and reading celebration:

Becky Pringle wows the crowd with Green Eggs and Ham:

Humane Society volunteers reading a book on pet responsibility

Afterward, it got all cuddly and cute when students got a special visit from a pet:

Read more about the Suessical birthday celebration in San Diego: Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!


The Mile High City was the 5th stop on NEA's 2016 Reading Tour! DuPont Elementary School welcomed Cat in the Hat, Thing 1 and Thing 2, and NEA Executive Members Maury Koffman and George Sheridan along with CTA President Barb McDowell. 

A gymnasium full of second graders were dressed in their best and celebrated in typical Seuss fashion with a reading jamboree that couldn’t have been more purr-fect:

Students were treated to a special reading from the beloved Dr. Seuss book, Green Eggs and Ham by Maury Koffman and George Sheridan, NEA Executive Members.  Here they are, hamming it up:

 Bottom line: when Read Across America comes to town, Denver becomes the "Smile High City":

Read more about the reading celebrations in Denver: The Party Goes On


Friday flight: Cat in the Hat is off to the Children's Museum in Atlanta, the final stop on NEA's Read Across America 6-city Reading tour!

The Children’s Museum of Atlanta, which is known for play-based exploration and learning, welcomed 200 preschool-aged children from Renaissance Elementary School. Cat in the Hat, Thing 1 and Thing 2 were on hand to please the crowd on the final leg of NEA's reading tour:

Earl Wiman and Eric Brown, executive committee members of NEA, read and performed skits from Green Eggs and Ham:

In the end, it's sometimes hard to put the excitement and meaning of NEA's Read Across American into words, so we'll let the faces of Atlanta's Renaissance Elementary School students say it all:



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NEA is taking flight with Southwest Airlines, the official airline of NEA’s Read Across America.

Follow NEA's 2016 multi-city reading tour!

DALLAS: Feb 26, 2016

NASHVILLE: Feb 29, 2016

PHOENIX: March 1, 2016

SAN DIEGO: March 2, 2016

DENVER: March 3, 2016

ATLANTA: March 4, 2016