The National Education Association Sponsors Read Across America Day

To honor the March 2nd birthday of the famous children’s story writer, Dr. Seuss’s, the National Education Association (NEA) will sponsor Read Across America Day on March 1, 2013. This celebration is meant not only to pay tribute to one of our favorite childhood author’s legacy, but it’s also designed to promote reading for children throughout schools and in communities across the nation.

This is a great opportunity for teachers, leaders, and literacy enthusiasts everywhere to seize the day and plan a reading event for a local children’s group.

Whether it’s at a school, a learning center, or even in your own home, we’ve got some handy ideas to get you started on planning your very own Read Across America event.

How to Make Your Event “Seussational”

Specifically for elementary and middle school teachers who are interested in putting on a reading event in their classrooms, we’ve got a list of helpful hints straight from the NEA on how to plan your event. This type of event is most often found in the classroom, but with little effort, it can be easily adapted to fit different locations.

5 Tips to Create a Great Reading Event:

  • Talk to your librarian and set aside the books you plan to read for the event in advance.
  • Invite interesting guest readers to join you in reading to the children.
  • Get some Dr. Seuss hats! If your budget won’t allow a purchase, learn how to make your own.
  • Contact one of Read Across America’s national organization partners. Local businesses and organizations can be a great resource for books and guest readers.
  • Invite local authors to read their books and illustrate their characters first hand.

Get the Community Involved

If you’re on a tight budget and running out of volunteers, try tapping into the local high school market. Many high school students may be willing to help in any way they can, whether it’s reading to a group of children, or helping you make your own hats.

Promote your reading event. If you work in a school, send a note home with every child to let their parents know you’re holding a Read Across America Day event.

You could even send a blurb to your local newspaper, or contact the local radio station and ask if they would help you promote your event to the public.