Read Across America Partners and Supporters
These incredible "Reading Buddies"—including some of the nation's leading literacy and children's service organizations—join us in celebrating NEA's Read Across America.
Many of these fine associations offer programs and activities during the course of the year that will help build momentum toward your Read Across America event. To support NEA's Read Across America and children's literacy in your community, we encourage you to explore new relationships at the local level with their regional, state, or local chapters or affiliates.
AdLit.org is a national multimedia project offering information and resources to the parents and educators of struggling adolescent readers and writers.
The Afterschool Alliance
The Afterschool Alliance consists of public, private, and nonprofit groups committed to raising awareness and expanding resources for after-school programs. Initiated and coordinated by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, the Alliance's initial partners include the U.S. Department of Education, JCPenney, The Advertising Council, The Entertainment Industry Foundation, and the Creative Artists Agency Foundation. It is the vision of the Afterschool Alliance that by raising national and local awareness about the importance of afterschool programs, all children will have access to quality, affordable after-school programs by 2010.
New York, New York (National Office)
The America SCORES mission is to inspire in urban children a lasting dedication to education, healthy living and civic responsibility. America SCORES develops programs that use the world's most popular sport, soccer, to energize and inspire public school students. All of their programs require that children use the teamwork they learn on the soccer field to support each other as poets and authors in the classroom. The combination is unique and it works. Every day, SCORES programs are creating a bond between thousands of their students and their classmates, teachers, schools and communities!
American Association of School Librarians
The mission of the American Association of School Librarians is to advocate excellence, facilitate change, and develop leaders in the school library media field.
American Library Association
The oldest and largest library association in the world, ALA's 63,000 members (representing all types of librarians) are ready to celebrate in Seussational ways! Home of the highly-esteemed Newbery and Caldecott awards for children's literature, ALA offers great reading lists and programs to celebrate Banned Books Week, Teen Read Week, National Library Week, and Library Card Sign Up Month.
Association for Library Service to Children
The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) is a network of more than 4,000 children's and youth librarians, children's literature experts, publishers, education and library school faculty members, and other adults committed to improving and ensuring the future of the nation through exemplary library service to children, their families, and others who work with children.
Association of American Publishers
New York, New York
AAP is the principal trade association for the U.S. book publishing industry with some 300 members. AAP members publish hardcover and paperback books in every field and a range of educational materials for the elementary, secondary, postsecondary, and professional markets. The protection of intellectual property rights, the defense of free expression, and the promotion of reading and literacy, especially among the young, are among the Association's primary concerns. AAP is also the sponsor of Get Caught Reading, a nationwide campaign to remind people of all ages how much fun it is to read. During Get Caught Reading month in May and throughout the year, Get Caught Reading ads are featured in numerous magazines and newspapers, and booksellers across the country feature Get Caught Reading signs, displays, and celebrity posters. In 2003, AAP launched ¡Ajá, leyendo! to encourage a love of reading among Spanish-speaking people. Teachers, librarians, and daycare providers can access the campaign materials at www.getcaughtreading.com and use them to remind their students and patrons to make time for books and discover new worlds on the printed page.
The Book Adventure Foundation
Created by the Sylvan Learning Foundation, Book Adventure is the first Web-based, nonprofit organization dedicated exclusively to motivating children to read using a technology platform. At their Web site, kids take multiple choice quizzes on the books they've read offline, and earn points good toward prizes for their literary successes. Book Adventure has teamed up with NEA's Read Across America to bring young readers a reading adventure that will take them across the country—without ever leaving their hometown.
Los Angeles, California
BookPALS is an all-volunteer program of professional performing artists from SAG, AFTRA, and EQUITY, who donate their time and talent to read aloud to classrooms of children attending public elementary schools in urban neighborhoods. This reading initiative has chapters in many large metropolitan areas. Complete the BookPALS School Application and Profile to request an actor for your school or classroom or visit Storyline to view an online streaming video program featuring SAG members reading children's books aloud.
Council for Exceptional Children
The Council for Exceptional Children is the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving educational outcomes for individuals with exceptionalities, students with disabilities, and/or the gifted. CEC advocates for appropriate governmental policies, sets professional standards, provides continual professional development, advocates for newly and historically underserved individuals with exceptionalities, and helps professionals obtain conditions and resources necessary for effective professional practice.
Described and Captioned Media Program
The Described and Captioned Media Program (DCMP) provides services designed to support and improve the academic achievement of students who are blind, visually impaired, deaf, hard of hearing, and deaf-blind. These services include (1) a library of free-loan described and captioned educational media, (2) a clearinghouse of information related to educational media access, (3) a gateway to Internet resources related to accessibility, and (4) a center for training and evaluation of any service provider desiring to appear on the DCMP's approved lists of video description and captioning service providers. There are no user registration or service fees. The DCMP is funded by the U.S. Department of Education and administered by the National Association of the Deaf.
Dr. Seuss Enterprises, L.P.
Read all about Dr. Seuss on this Web site. His biography covers his entire life and his legacy. The Web site also includes Seussville events, a Catalog of Dr. Seuss books including Dr. Seuss Nursery, Bright and Early Board Books, Beginner Books, The Cat in the Hat's Learning Library, Hardcover Classics, and Audio Books. Seuss products such as toys and games, clothes, cards and gifts, among others can also be found.
First Book is a national nonprofit organization with a single mission: to give disadvantaged children the opportunity to read and own their first new books. Since First Book works with existing literacy programs to distribute new books to needy children, look for opportunities to create NEA's Read Across America events that include first books for kids.
Friends of Libraries U.S.A.
Friends of Libraries U.S.A. is a nationwide membership organization of local Friends groups and individuals. FOLUSA motivates and supports more than two thousand member groups in their efforts to preserve and strengthen libraries, and to create awareness and appreciation of library services.
General Federation of Women's Clubs
GFWC, one of the largest and oldest women's volunteer organizations, has more than 4,500 clubs worldwide. GFWC members emphasize the promotion of literacy and reading through their multidecade program. Currently, there is a special emphasis on literacy with a program called Literacy: Tutoring from the Heart . The goal of the program is to create 7,500 new tutors and 10,000 new readers.
The Heart of America Foundation
The Heart of America Foundation was created in 1997 to teach the values at the heart of America and to help young people learn that they help themselves when they help others. Heart of America programs uniquely combine character education, service learning, and literacy. Heart of America's Books From The Heart® program finds books that are not being used and gets them into the hands of needy children in impoverished schools and on the shelves of school libraries and classrooms. The program utilizes the Heart of America's unique Ambassador network to introduce young people to community service, involving them in solving their own problems, determining need, and gathering and distributing resources.
International Reading Association
Teachers, reading specialists, researchers, and others interested in promoting literacy and improving the quality of reading instruction comprise the more than 1,250 councils and affiliates of IRA.
Learning First Alliance
The Learning First Alliance is a coalition of 12 leading education organizations who work together to improve student learning in America's public schools. Members include: the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE), the American Association of School Administrators (AASA), the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), the Education Commission of the States (ECS), the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP), the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), the National Education Association (NEA), the Parent-Teacher Association (PTA), and the National School Boards Association (NSBA).
Princeton, New Jersey
Founded in 1948 as Recording for the Blind, Learning Ally serves hundreds of thousands of K-12, college and graduate students, as well as veterans and lifelong learners – all of whom cannot read standard print due to blindness, visual impairment, dyslexia, or other learning disabilities. Learning Ally’s collection of more than 70,000 digitally recorded textbooks and literature titles – downloadable and accessible on mainstream devices like iPhone, iPad, and MP3 players – is the largest of its kind in the world. More than 5,000 volunteers across the U.S. help to record and produce the educational materials, which students rely on to achieve academic and professional success.
Library of Congress—Center for the Book
The Center for the Book serves as a catalyst and a source of ideas through an expanding network of affiliated centers in 50 states and the District of Columbia, a reading promotion partnership program that includes more than 90 national civic and educational organizations, and a broad network of community of the book organizations. Visit their Web site for connections to your state Center for the Book.
Major League Soccer
New York, New York
Major League Soccer (MLS), the United States' only Division I men's professional outdoor soccer league, has partnered with NEA and a roster of supporting organizations to integrate the sport of soccer into activities that help change attitudes about reading and deliver positive messages about its fun and value. The program, Get a Kick Out of Reading/¡Lee y Marca un Golazo! brings books and bilingual multicultural reading activities to select groups of children in MLS team cities. But you don't have to live in a Major League Soccer community to participate. The program also offers reproducible materials for educators, librarians, volunteers, parents, and others who would like to inspire reading with a soccer-themed reading challenge.
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
The NAACP is the oldest and largest civil rights organization in the United States. Their principle objective is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of minority group citizens of the United States. The NAACP was formed in 1909 in New York City, but is now headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland. It has seven regions, more than 2,200 branches, and a total membership that exceeds 500,000.
National Association for Bilingual Education
The National Association for Bilingual Education (NABE) is the nation's foremost nonprofit membership organization working on issues related to the education of America's English language learners. NABE, its thousands of members, and its 25 state affiliate organizations strive to ensure that these students have equal access to high quality education and overall academic success.
National Association for the Education of Young Children
The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is the nation's largest and most influential organization of early childhood educators and others dedicated to improving the quality of programs for children from birth through third grade. Founded in 1926, NAEYC now has more than 100,000 members and a national network of nearly 450 local, state, and regional affiliates. NAEYC and its affiliates work to improve professional practice and working conditions in early childhood education and to build public support for high quality early childhood programs.
National Center for Family Literacy
The National Center for Family Literacy, the nation's leading family literacy organization, provides leadership for family literacy development. NCFL works to ensure that all at-risk families will have opportunities to expand their education and improve their social well-being through quality family literacy programs.
National Council of La Raza
NCLR is the largest constituency-based national Hispanic organization, with over 230 formal affiliates who together serve 39 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia—and a broader network of more than 20,000 groups and individuals nationwide.
National Council of Teachers of English
Since 1911, NCTE has worked to advance teaching, research, and student achievement in English language arts at all scholastic levels. Check out ncte.org for links to explore many programs, services, positions, and structures that the Council has established in pursuit of its ambitious mission.
National Football League Players Association
Members of the National Football League Players Association, the officially recognized union for NFL players, are lending their support to NEA's Read Across America. NFL players across the country plan to trade their helmets in for Cat in the Hat hats to show children the importance of reading. Watch the NFLPA's PSA featuring Kurt Warner, Marshall Faulk, Tiki Barber, Ray Lewis, Tim Brown, and the Fairfax (VA) Education Association's own Cheryl Perry!
National Head Start Association
The National Head Start Association (NHSA) is a private nonprofit membership organization representing more than 952,000 children, upwards of 180,000 staff, and more than 2,400 Head Start programs in America.
National Indian Education Association
The National Indian Education Association is membership based organization committed to increasing educational opportunities and resources for American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian students while protecting our cultural and linguistic traditions. Founded in 1969, NIEA is the largest and oldest Indian education organization in the nation and strives to keep Indian Country moving toward educational equity.
National Institute for Literacy
A resource for the literacy community, NIFL was created as a part of the 1991 Literacy Act to be the hub of national literacy efforts. NIFL's goal is to ensure that all Americans with literacy needs have access to services that can help them gain the basic skills necessary for success in the workplace, family, and community in the 21st century.
The National PTA plays a pivotal role in representing its 6.5 million members at key meetings of educational groups, government organizations, the media, and other child advocacy groups. National PTA views the ability to read and the continued learning that is possible through reading as fundamental to improving the quality of education.
Newspaper Association of America Foundation
The Newspaper Association of America Foundation is the administrative organization for over 950 Newspaper in Education (NIE) programs in the United States that provide resources and training to educators on how to use newspapers in schools. The foundation also focuses on youth content and student newspapers, helping to develop tomorrow's readers by encouraging students to acquire and value information from newspapers and other media. As part of NEA's Read Across America for 2005, the National Education Association, the Newspaper Association of America Foundation, and Dr. Seuss Enterprises collaboratively developed a kit that helps local papers create writing contests. The kit not only includes information on holding creative writing contests, but also includes Seuss-themed activities that NIE programs can use to encourage newspaper reading at home and in the classroom.
Organization of Chinese Americans
OCA is a national nonprofit civil rights and education organization founded in 1973. Based in Washington, DC, OCA has over 80 chapters and affiliates nationwide and is one of the largest Asian Pacific American advocacy groups in the country. OCA is committed to education and offers annual scholarship and internship programs that provide youth opportunities that can be hard to come by.
Pi Beta Phi
Town and Country, Missouri
Pi Beta Phi Fraternity, founded at Monmouth College in Illinois in 1867, was the first national college society of women to be modeled after the Greek-letter fraternities of men. Today there are 131 active chapters on college campuses in the United States and Canada, and approximately 350 alumnae groups located in the United States, Canada, and Europe. Its mission is to promote friendship, develop integrity, cultivate leadership potential, and enrich the lives of members and their communities. Members volunteer their time in community service, with an emphasis on literacy.
Public Broadcasting Service
A trusted community resource, PBS uses the power of noncommercial television, the Internet, and other media to enrich the lives of all Americans through quality programs and education services that inform, inspire and delight. Available to 99 percent of American homes with televisions and to an increasing number of digital multimedia households, PBS serves nearly 100 million people each week. Its Ready To Learn program is an innovative early learning partnership with the U.S. Department of Education. Ready To Learn provides member stations and viewers 11 hours of award-winning children's programming every day. Additionally, it provides activities to enjoy by both the children and the adults who care for them to prepare these children to be ready to learn when beginning school. Ready to Learn works with local stations and community partners to provide workshops for caregivers and parents and free books to disadvantaged children through its First Book program.
Random House Children's Books
New York, New York
http://www.randomhouse.com/kids or http://www.seussville.com/
Random House Children's Books is the home of the best-selling Dr. Seuss books, which have sold more than 400,000,000 copies. In 1957, Random House pioneered the beginning reader genre when it launched the Beginner Book series with the Dr. Seuss classic The Cat in the Hat. Each year, Random House Children's Books proudly supports the National Education Association's Read Across America initiative, which calls on America's children, both young and old, to celebrate the joys of reading in conjunction with Dr. Seuss's birthday, March 2. In commemoration of Theodor Seuss Geisel's 100th birthday in March, Random House Children's Books celebrated "Seussentennial: A Century of Imagination," a tribute to Geisel's creativity, imagination, and invaluable contributions to American society that live on today through the books and characters of Dr. Seuss.
Reach Out and Read
Reach Out and Read makes early literacy part of pediatric primary care. Through the Reach Out and Read program, pediatricians encourage parents to read aloud to their young children and give their patients books to take home at all pediatric check-ups from six months to five years of age. Bring all the doctors together —encourage pediatricians to prescribe Dr. Seuss on March 2!
Reading Is Fundamental, Inc.
Washington , D.C.
RIF, founded in 1966, prepares and motivates children to read by delivering free books and literacy resources to those children and families who need them most. Through its grassroots network of volunteer-led programs, RIF offers enriching reading activities to make reading a fun and beneficial part of everyday life. RIF knows that books can spark a child's interest in reading so talk to them about reading fun for March 2!
Reading Rockets is a national multimedia project that looks at how young children learn to read, why so many struggle, and how caring adults can help them. WETA, the flagship public television and radio station in the nation's capital, started Reading Rockets in 2000 to provide accurate, practical information to all who care about helping children learn to read. Reading Rockets is ready to blast off in celebration of NEA's Read Across America!
For more than 90 years, Scholastic has been delivering outstanding books, magazines, and educational programs directly to schools and families through channels that have become childhood and educational traditions, from Scholastic BookFairs to online educational materials, to books, magazines, and research reports. Scholastic has been a Read Across America partner since 1997, one of the program's first partners, and NEA's Read Across America is a longtime supporter of Scholastic's literacy initiatives, research reports, and teacher resources.
Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators
Los Angeles, California
The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, formed in 1971 by a group of Los Angeles based writers for children, is the only international organization to offer a variety of services to people who write, illustrate, or share a vital interest in children’s literature. The SCBWI acts as a network for the exchange of knowledge between writers, illustrators, editors, publishers, agents, librarians, educators, booksellers and others involved with literature for young people. There are currently more than 19,000 members worldwide, in over 70 regions, making it the largest children's writing organization in the world.
Sylvan Learning and BookAdventure.com
Sylvan Learning and BookAdventure.com stand firmly committed to promoting reading as the catalyst for students' future academic success. As an educational leader and partner of NEA's Read Across America, we believe reading is one of life's most important, personal, and meaningful skills. From coast-to-coast, Sylvan educators will join teachers, students, and parents to encourage a love of reading in our local communities by creating co-branded reading events to literally read across North America for NEA's Read Across America. Find out what’s happening when Seuss is on the loose!
San Diego, California
Teachers.Net recognizes that education is a fundamental factor in an individual’s prosperity, happiness, contribution to society, and impact on the future and the vital role teachers play in education and the betterment of our culture. Teachers.Net was founded on the following four principles: (1) To allow their teacher-users contribute the content and direct site development; (2) To utilize the Internet to harness the collective intellect and wisdom of the worldwide teaching community; (3) To minimize costs to the greatest extent possible through automation; and (4) To never charge teachers for using their resources.
United Through Reading
United Through Reading® is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) public benefit organization. Their mission is to unite families facing physical separation by facilitating the bonding experience of reading aloud together. Our vision is that all children will feel the security of caring family relationships and develop a love of reading through the read-aloud experience. The nationally-acclaimed programs developed by United Through Reading provide opportunities for emotional bonding that relieve the stress of separation and instill a love of reading by providing the opportunity for family members to read aloud to children on DVD.
WGBH Educational Foundation
WGBH enriches people's lives through programs and services that educate, inspire, and entertain, fostering citizenship and culture, the joy of learning, and the power of diverse perspectives. Since the 1951 debut of WGBH Radio, today WGBH delivers content that informs, inspires, and entertains millions -- at home, at work, in the classroom, in movie theaters, and more.
Women's National Book Association
Women's National Book Association is a national organization of women and men who work with and value books. WNBA exists to promote reading and to support the role of women in the community of the book. Founded in 1917, it is a broad-based nonprofit organization with some 800 members across the country, three distinguished national awards, and a history of lively events in chapter cities and elsewhere. The purposes of WNBA are educational and charitable. In addition to being a partner with NEA's Read Across America, WNBA is also a Reading Promotion Partner in the Library of Congress' Center for the Book and a nongovernmental organization affiliated with the United Nations. At the chapter level, WNBA supports local children's and adult literacy initiatives.
YMCA of the USA
Together, the nation's more than 2,500 YMCAs are the largest not-for-profit community service organizations in America, working to meet the health and social service needs of 18.9 million men, women and children in 10,000 communities in the United States.Because all communities have different needs, all YMCAs are different. A YMCA in your community may offer child care or teen leadership clubs. A Y in the next town may have swimming lessons or drawing classes. About 230 U.S. YMCAs maintain relationships with Ys in other countries. So the YMCA really does build strong kids, strong families and strong communities -- worldwide.
Youth Adult Library Services Association
A division of the American Library Association, YALSA advocates extensive and developmentally appropriate library and information services for young adults, ages 12-18; promotes reading and supports the literacy movement; advocates the use of information and communications technologies to provide effective library service; among others.
Youth Service America
Youth Service America is a resource center that partners with thousands of organizations committed to increasing the quality and quantity of volunteer opportunities for young people, ages 5-25, to serve locally, nationally, and globally. Founded in 1986, YSA’s mission is to expand the impact of the youth service movement with communities, schools, corporations, and governments. YSA envisions a global culture of engaged youth who are committed to a lifetime of service, learning, leadership and achievement.
Zero to Three
Zero to Three's mission is to promote the healthy development of our nation's infants and toddlers by supporting and strengthening families, communities, and those who work on their behalf. They are dedicated to advancing current knowledge; promoting beneficial policies and practices; communicating research and best practices to a wide variety of audiences; and providing training, technical assistance and leadership development. Zero to Three is a national nonprofit organization.