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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 22nd 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 22 years of NEA’s signature reading program.

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

11 Ideas for a Great Reading Event
Looking for more creative ways to celebrate March 1st? 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
Read Across America Song
Read Across America Oath
Read Across America Poem
NEA's Declaration of Reading Independence

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.

CTA Member Engagement Resources
CTA Member Engagement Resourses is a tool for local chapters who are currently, or are considering implementing a member engagement program.This group page will allow for storage and sharing of resources such as flyers, posters, Powerpoints, and training modules for local, regional, and statewide use. This site is intended for the open exchange of these strengths and resources; a place where members may ask questions and interact with other locals and their leadership throughout NEA and CTA regarding implementation of programs, with special attention given to stories of local successes.

Ideas and Tips for Student Success Submit tips here or Know someone who would love the great tips from our newsletter? Send them to

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. Arielle Gleicher, Group Facilitator and Tech TOSA in Santa Monica, CA!


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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.

Click here to download the 2018-19 Read Across America Resource Calendar and Poster!

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 in 2019...

American Education Week
November 11-15, 2019

Coming in 2020...

NEA's Read Across America Day
Monday, March 2, 2020

National Teacher Day
May 5, 2020

National Teacher Appreciation Week
May 4 - 8, 2020