Motivating children to read is an important factor in student achievement and creating lifelong successful readers. NEA's Read Across America is an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on the birthday of children's author Dr. Seuss.
Pledge to participate
Whether it's planting a Truffala tree forest, reading garden, or having the Lorax lead your reading parade, don't forget to share your plans for celebrating NEA's Read Across America on the pledge site.
Looking for books?
If you serve a high needs student population and are in need of books for your reading event, check out the First Book Marketplace, run by Read Across America partner First Book. They have books by Dr. Seuss and many of your favorite authors at significant discounts. And if you qualify, sign up to become a First Book recipient of free books.
NEA Read Across America resources
Activity sheets, certificates, book lists, calendars and other print materials can be found online.
Decorate your classroom for Read Across America
The Cat-alog is your one-stop shop for Read Across America gifts and gear as well as everything you need for your reading celebration.
NEA's Read Across America is the perfect occasion to spark community involvement and showcase the great job your school is doing.
Read Across America activity ideas
Get creative! The opportunities are endless when it comes to planning your Read Across America event.
Opening on Read Across America Day, March 2, this movie is boosting Dr. Seuss book sales: Green Eggs and Ham is No. 47 on USA TODAY's Best-Selling Books list, up from No. 219 last week; The Lorax is 59, up from No. 171; One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish is No. 64, up from No. 336; and The Cat in the Hat is No. 93, up from No. 392. The Lorax cast includes Taylor Swift, Zac Efron, Betty White and Danny DeVito.
Test drive = support of public school libraries
Mazda has pledged up to $1 million in support of the nation's public school libraries through a test drive program. For each test drive of a Mazda vehicle between Feb. 21 and April 2, Mazda will donate $25 toward public school libraries nationwide. Administered by the NEA Foundation, this donation will provide funds to help struggling public school libraries. To participate, consumers must obtain a certificate, take it to any Mazda dealership and test drive a vehicle.
Find more on the NEA website.