Grab Your Hat and Read With the Cat!

Mark your calendars! NEA’s Read Across America Day will be celebrated March 1, 2019!

Preschool children sitting on the classroom floor for story time with their teacher

by NEA Member Benefits

The Cat in the Hat is back!

Celebrate the joy of reading with your students and fellow NEA colleagues on Friday, March 1, 2019—this year’s official Read Across America Day.

Time to start planning!

On, you can find information about this year's theme: Celebrating a Nation of Diverse Readers. Download the newly launched calendar for resources you can use throughout the entire year. The calendar highlights a book each month along with teaching resources and writing prompts. You can order up to 5 printed copies of the calendar, while supplies last, through the Read Across America Store. The 2018-19 Read Across America Resource Calendar is a benefit of NEA membership. 

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.

What is NEA’s Read Across America?

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 beloved children’s author, Dr. Seuss. NEA’s Read Across America also provides NEA members, parents, caregivers and children the resources and activities they need to keep reading on the calendar 365 days a year.

In cities and towns across the nation, teachers, teenagers, librarians, politicians, actors, athletes, parents, grandparents and others develop NEA’s Read Across America activities to bring reading excitement to children of all ages. Governors, mayors and other elected officials recognize the role reading plays in their communities with proclamations and floor statements. Athletes and actors issue reading challenges to young readers. And teachers and principals seem to be more than happy to dye their hair green or be duct-taped to a wall if it boosts their students’ reading.