Read Across America

A year-round celebration of Reading!

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 March 2, 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.

Read Across America Library Grants Available

Are you an NEA member working in a school that educates disadvantaged students? Is your school library in desperate need of books? Consider applying for an NEAs Read Across America Library Grant. NEA members only may apply for the $1,000 library grant.

For more information, contact Christiana Campos at or 202-822-7261.  

Application deadline: November 28, 2016 for the 2017 program.


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