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NEA's Read Across America


Read Across America, Southern Style

Children celebrate Read Across America

Bradley Elementary School students are ready to read. Photo ©2014 Brett Flashnick/NEA.

Under bright sunny skies, NEA’s Read Across America Cat-a-Van Tour 3 rolled south, beginning its tour in Columbia, South Carolina, to the delight of hundreds of elementary students. The tour began at Bradley Elementary School with students and teachers lining the school’s long driveway and the school band playing in the background. The Cat-a-Van arrived, accompanied by a Richland County Sheriff Department escort and VIP readers.

“This is such a wonderful treat for students and staff said Stephanie M. Johnson, second-grade teacher and Bradley’s Read Across America Committee Chair, who noted the school spent the previous week on a host of reading activities.
Read more about Monday's events.

Get the latest updates from Week 3 of the Cat-a-Van!

Michigan Celebrates Read Across America Day

Dennis Van Roekel reads Green Eggs and Ham

“Can you say, ‘Happy birthday, Dr. Seuss’?” asked NEA President Dennis Van Roekel.

Yes, you can! And yes, they did! Maybe not in a boat, nor with a goat, but 45 million students, parents, and educators celebrated NEA’s Read Across America this year, “in schools like this one, and also in libraries, community centers, and even in Congress and the White House today,” Van Roekel told students at Roosevelt School in Livonia, Michigan, on Monday morning....Read More.

Check out the latest updates from Week 2 of the Cat-a-Van tour: Michigan, Indiana, and Ohio

Listen to Dennis Van Roekel on WWJ 3.3.14 Detroit by neatoday


NEA's Read Across America Tour Rolls Into Oklahoma

After covering almost 800 miles of ground, NEA’s Read Across America Cat-a-Van Tour 1 capped off a week’s worth of reading celebrations on Friday in Oklahoma with two school visits to Steed Elementary School in Midwest City and Horace Mann Elementary School in Shawnee....Read More.

Get the latest updates on Week 1 of the Cat-a-Van tour!

President Barack Obama Proclaims March 3, 2014, Read Across America Day

"When parents, educators, librarians, and mentors read with children, they give a gift that will nourish souls for a lifetime. Today, Americans young and old will take time to get lost in a story and do their part to cultivate the next generation of talent and intellect," says the U.S. President.

NEA's Read Across America Celebrates 17 Years with Dr. Seuss

The Cat in the Hat is back, just in time for the annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on the birthday of beloved children's author Dr. Seuss.

2014 Read Across America Day is Monday, March 3

Grab your hat and read with the Cat in the Hat on Monday, March 3, 2014, for the 17th annual Read Across America Day. The Seussical celebration kicks off a week of reading across the nation as NEA members gather students, parents, and community members together to share their love of reading.

2014 Read Across America Literacy Calendar available

The 2014 Read Across America resource calendar packet is available in limited quantities while supplies last. The calendar features monthly books, classroom activities and tips. To order, email NEA's Read Across America at

Renaissance Dental returns as National Sponsor

NEA's Read Across America welcomes back Renaissance Dental as National Sponsor of the Read Across America program, Cat-a-Van tours and state affiliate grants. Thanks to Renaissance Dental, NEA's Read Across America offers resources promoting good oral health and reading skills. What's the connection? Oral health problems cause students across the nation to miss 51 million school hours per year. Students who are absent miss critical instruction time, especially during early grades when improving reading skills are a major focus.

New Seuss Store and Cat-a-log

Looking to decorate your school and classroom in Seussian style? NEA Member Benefits has created a new online Seuss Store for your celebration. You'll find one of the largest selections of Dr. Seuss products including reading awards, pencils, decorations, and so much more!

Looking for Books?

If you serve a high needs student population and are in need of books for your reading event, there are organizations that can help. They have books by Dr. Seuss and many of your favorite authors for free or at significant discounts. Find out more about these Read Across partners.

Follow us on Facebook

Help us spread the word and build a nation of readers! Through the Read Across America Facebook fan page and cause page you'll be able to share photos, videos, and ideas, plus hear the latest news from NEA's Read Across America and its partners.

Ready for your 15 minutes of Fame?

How about sending your latest video to SchoolTube?  It can be your own music reading video, book trailer, or coverage of a recent event. SchoolTube has created a Read Across America channel just for you. To sign up and share your videos, go to SchoolTube.

About NEA’s Read Across America

The National Education Association is building a nation of readers through its signature program, NEA’s Read Across America. Now in its 17th year, this year-round program focuses on motivating children and teens to read through events, partnerships, and reading resources.

"You're never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read with a child."



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