“You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read with a child.”
Friday, March 2 is Read Across America Day!
NEA’s Read Across America is an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading with a caring adult on March 2.
THE BEGINNING In May 1997, a small reading task force at NEA came up with a big idea. “Let’s create a day to celebrate reading,” the group decided. “We hold pep rallies to get kids excited about football. We assemble to remember that Character Counts. Why don’t we do something to get kids excited about reading? We’ll call it ‘NEA’s Read Across America’ and celebrate it on Dr. Seuss’s birthday.” And so was born on March 2, 1998, the largest celebration of reading this country has ever seen.
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 thirteenth year, this year-round program focuses on motivating children and teens to read through events, partnerships, and reading resources. Research has shown that children who are motivated and spend more time reading do better in school. NEA’s Read Across America Day, NEA’s national reading celebration takes place each year on March 2, the birthday of Dr. Seuss. Across the country, thousands of schools, libraries, and community centers participate by bringing together kids, teens, and books, and you can too!
HOW YOU CAN PARTICIPATE For a list of ideas, activities and events visit www.nea.org/grants/886.htm