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Activity Ideas

Get creative! The opportunities are endless when it comes to planning your Read Across America event.

Following are perennially successful activities.

  • Take the Readers Oath  

    Composed and donated to NEA by singer/songwriter Glenn Weiss. Sheet music is also available. 

  • Sing the Read Across America Song

    Thanks to Debra Angstead of Missouri-NEA for this inspiring oath. In one of the most wonderful events in Read Across America's history, Steven G. Breyer, Justice of the United States Supreme Court, administered this oath to a group of Washington, D.C. students. Gathered in the hallowed halls of the Supreme Court Library, the children promised to become life-long readers. Your students can do the same. Invite a local judge to officiate, or your principal or other appropriate individual.

  • Try Out These Teacher-Tested Ideas for Celebrating Reading

    Seuss-themed reading parties are the celebration of choice for many of the millions of participants in NEA’s Read Across America. While you can’t beat the combination of birthday cake, Dr. Seuss titles and guest readers wearing the Cat’s traditional red and white striped stovepipe hat, if you’re looking for more ways to celebrate, consider some of these tried and true ideas of NEA members


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