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NEA's Read Across America

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 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 is taking flight with Southwest Airlines, which is the official airline of NEA’s Read Across America 2016, the 19th annual celebration of reading that honors the March 2nd birthday of Theodor Seuss Geisel, known as Dr. Seuss.

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...

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