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How To Plan a Reading Event

Use this guide to plan a memorable Read Across America Day event. Additional tools and resources can be found at

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the National Education Association’s Read Across America Day. We invite you to share the joy of reading and join us in celebrating 20 years of NEA’s signature reading program.

Use these resources, ideas, and artwork below to create your own event.

Create a Reading Event
What does a typical celebration look like? Check out this simple scenario for elementary or middle school teachers who want to conduct an NEA's Read Across America event in their classroom.

11 Seuss-gestions for a Great Reading Event
Looking for more creative ways to celebrate March 2? How about a book lovers’ ball or an overnight read-a-thon with parents? We have 11 that will help your event be Seuss-sational! 

Teacher Recommended Activity Ideas
Educators really get creative when it comes to holding their own Read Across celebrations. Over the years, we’ve collected some of best activities that you can replicate in your school and classroom.

Other Resources to Help with the Fun
Official Artwork and Logos
Read Across America Song
Read Across America Oath
Read Across America Poem
NEA's Declaration of Reading Independence
Official NEA’s Read Across America Online Store

Making Green Eggs and Ham: A Recipe to Spark a Love of Reading

Edcommunities Groups

Collaborate with educators on this topic in the groups below.

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Digital Tools & Learning Pre K-2
Welcome to the Digital Tools & Learning Pre-K group! How can digital tools enhance learning for your students? How can they best be used to facilitate the classroom experience? What do you need to know to get started using them in your classroom? Here you’ll find ways to help you reflect, share, enrich, and engage about not only the types of technological tools that can be used but also how they’re being used both inside and outside the classroom. Sharon Davison, Group Facilitator and Kindergarten Teacher in Vermont

Classroom Management
One of the most important roles for a teacher is that of classroom manager. For high levels of learning to take place, effective classroom management is a must. How do you achieve that with all students? What tools do you use? Share your favorite tips or resources and ask your colleagues for assistance with those challenging situations that just won't quit.


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Our Read Across America Online Store is Open!

Visit to purchase stickers, bookmarks, pencils, mugs, hats & more. We have all you need to create a memorable RAA celebration.


Download the Read Across America 2017 Recommended Books Poster here (PDF).

Download the
2016-17 Read Across America
Resource Calendar!




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

Reading Rockets offers a wealth of research-based resources designed to launch young readers. It's for parents, teachers, and other educators in helping struggling readers build fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension skills.

Coming this year...

American Education Week
November 13-17, 2017

Coming in 2018...

NEA's Read Across America Day
Friday, March 2, 2018

National Teacher Day
May 8, 2018

National Teacher Appreciation Week
May 7-11, 2018