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Celebrating a Nation of Diverse Readers

NEA's Read Across America Resource Calendar 2016-17

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Bring the celebration of reading and literacy into your classroom and school all year long and get ready to celebrate the 20th anniversary of NEA’s Read Across America! The 2016-17 resource calendar is now available. Order yours today! Quantities are limited. 

The 2016-17 Read Across America Resource Calendar is a benefit of NEA membership. NEA members may order up to 10 calendars by completing the online form. To request more than 10 calendars for an Association event or activity, or if you are not an NEA member and would like to request copies of the calendar, please see instructions at the bottom of the order form page.

Click here to request your calendars

Read Across America Library Grants Available!

Are you an NEA member working in a school that educates disadvantaged students? Is your school library in desperate need of books? Consider applying for an NEAs Read Across America Library GrantApplication deadline: November 28, 2016 for the 2017 program.

The Cat in the Hat for President!

The Cat in the Hat is running for President as the kids' candidate. Help choose his first order of business! Make your voice heard! Vote for your favorite cause!  Watch the video, then Head over to Cat in the Hat Campaign Headquarters and see how YOUR reading organization can win $10,000! 

And it's a wrap!  NEA's 2016 Read Across America 6-city reading tour came to a close in Atlanta. How did your school and community celebrate?  Be sure to share your highlights on social media by tagging photos and updates with the hashtag #readacrossamerica. Happy reading all year long!

California ESPs Cook Up Some Read Across Food for Thought:

A California school cafeteria is cooking up Green Eggs and Ham to pay homage to the Dr. Seuss classic and get students excited about reading.

President Obama Signs Proclamation: Read Across America Day, 2016

"From a child's first foray into the depths of a story to an adult's escape into a world of words, reading plays an integral role in our lives."
-- President Barack Obama

read the entire Proclamation here 

Spreading the Joy of Reading to More Children and Young Adults

Poverty should not prevent any child the chance to learn and thrive in an environment that is enriched by the latest technology. Now, as part of a White House initiative to transform teaching and learning through digital connectivity and content, a free e-reader app is available to educators that provides access to thousands of digital books, including popular and award-winning titles, provided by major publishers. To get the app, go to the Apple Store and type “Open eBooks” Access Code and PIN(s): AFK7RBX4AT | 5996 Access Code and PIN(s): AXP70LGTBT | 0283. Learn more about the eBook initiative, along with the ConnectED Library Challenge.  

Award-Winning Graphic Novelist Encourages Kids to Read Outside Comfort Zones

Gene Luen Yang, a graphic novelist, cartoonist, and author – was recently named the eighth National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature for 2016 by the Children’s Book Council, Every Child a Reader (ECAR), and the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. NEA Today spoke with Yang, who also taught high school computer science for 17 years in Oakland, California, about his new appointment and his plans to help promote diversity in children’s literature. >>Read the article

What Pet Should I Get? Classroom Activity Guide Available Online

Hang on to your hats! It’s time to gear up for NEA’s Read Across America Day and go wild for reading! On March 2, tip your hat to Dr. Seuss and celebrate his newly discovered book, What Pet Should I Get? with creative acts of reading and learning for students of all ages. In this guide, you’ll find ideas for classroom-based activities and school-wide events that take advantage of students’ affinity for animals and Dr. Seuss’s talent for creating fantastic creatures.

What Books Should Your Students Read Next?

We asked NEA members nationwide to share with us those titles that are used by educators and loved by students. >>Read more


Don't Forget to Take the Pledge!

How will you help create a nation of readers? Take the Read Across Pledge, and tell us your plans for celebrating Read Across America Day. We’ll publish them, so others can be inspired by your event.

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 20th 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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Download the Read Across America 2017 Recommended Books Poster here (PDF).

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2016-17 Read Across America
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Looking Ahead...

American Education Week
November 14-18, 2016

Education Support Professionals Day
November 16, 2016

Substitute Educators Day
November 18, 2016

Coming in 2017...

NEA's Read Across America Day
Thursday, March 2, 2017

National Teacher Day
May 9, 2017

National Teacher Appreciation Week
May 7-13, 2017