Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Today is National Read Across America Day!

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.

NEA's Read Across America Day, NEA's national reading celebration takes place each year on or near 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!

Who's Reading Across America? 

Check out the Read Across America Pledge site. You'll find readings large and small, readers tiny, readers tall. And don't forget to add your own, whether it's a school, library, classrom or hom. 


Parenting Magazine features NEA's Read Across America
Head to the newstands for a copy of the March issue of Parenting Magazine. Our new media partner features a spotlight on NEA's Read Across America and host of reading resources for parents, including The Guide to Raising an Early Reader; The Best Books to Read with Your Kids; 5 Easy Ways to Make Reading Fun; 12 Reading Activities That Really Work, and The Best Books to Pass On to Your Kids. For new parents, Parenting offers tips on building your baby's first library, and books for preschoolers.  

Teachers and Homeschooling Parents 
Scholastic has some great online activities and lessons plans you can use all month long to inspire the importance of reading and writing. Just visit 

You can also follow the Scholastic Teacher Planning Calendar for more ideas and events at


Head to the Read Across America pledge site and let us know what you've got planned. You'll find pledges from schools and cities around the country, even around the world. Don't forget to add your pledge and encourage friends and colleagues to do the same. Go to the Read Across America pledge site.

Scholastic's The Reading Bill of Rights
Today we live in a world full of digital information. Yet reading has never been more important, for we know that for young people the ability to read is the door opener to the 21st century: to hold a job, to understand their world, and to know themselves. That is why we are asking you to join our Global Literacy Call to Action: We call this campaign: “Read Every Day. Lead a Better Life.” We are asking parents, teachers, school and business leaders, and the general public to support their children’s right to read for a better life in the digital world of the 21st century.

Get your copy here to post in your classroom or read with your child(ren)

Read with your children or class to celebrate Read Across America Day Today! 

1 comment:

  1. Thanks Virginia for posting this. Got bogged down with a deadline and didn't get anything posted for today. This was awesome info and I tweeted to others.



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