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NEA's Read Across America

featuring NEA Prsident, Lily Eskelsen Garcia

Get ready to Read Across America! NEA is gearing up for the March 2016 Read Across events featuring our 6-city NEA Reading Tour! Check back here for event schedules, planning tips, artwork, and more! For now, check out the highlights from Read Across America 2015.

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


Help Your School Library and Reading Community

NEA’s Books Across America is back with $1,000 grants for school libraries in need, thanks to a generous donation by Walden Media and The Weinstein Company, producers of the film, “The Giver.” NEA members will be able to apply for one of 100 grants in the amount of $1,000, made available by the NEA Foundation to fund the purchase of diverse books and reading materials for under resourced school libraries. Fill out this application and best of luck to you!

If you have any questions, email

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 19th 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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NEA's read Across America: Bella's Story

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

Download the NEW
2015-16 Read Across America
Resource Calendar!

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 2016...

Read Across America Day
Wednesday, March 2, 2016

National Teacher Day
May 3, 2016

National Teacher Appreciation Week
May 2-6, 2016

American Education Week
November 14-18, 2016

Education Support Professionals Day
November 16, 2016

Substitute Educators Day
November 18, 2016