Read Across America

Get On Board With Reading

OEA's 2018 Read Across America Poster Contest

Official Contest Rules

The Assignment:

    • Draw a picture featuring transportation from your favorite book. A stagecoach from a western, a rocket ship from science fiction, a carriage from a fairy tale – the list is endless.
      All Oklahoma public school students are eligible to enter.

Entry Details:

  • Entries must be submitted on white, unlined 8 ½ x 11 paper. DO NOT FOLD.
  • Each entry must include the following information on a label attached to the back of the drawing:
    • Title of Entry
    • Student’s Name
    • Grade
    • School
    • School District
    • Teacher’s name (homeroom or art teacher)
    • School phone number
    • Entries must be hand-drawn or painted. Computer-generated art will not be accepted.
    • Pictures will be judged on creativity, use of color and content. All entries will become the property of the OEA and must meet all contest rules to be eligible for prizes.

The Deadline:

  • All entries must be received by 5 p.m. Wednesday, January 31, 2018. Mail, hand-deliver or overnight entries to OEA Focus on Reading, OEA Headquarters, 323 E. Madison, Okla. City, OK, 73105. Entries received after the deadline will not be judged.)
  • Prizes will be awarded to the top two entries in four categories – Award of Excellence and Award of Distinction – and Best in Show:
    • Kindergarten through 2nd grades ($25 and $10 gift cards)
    • 3rd-5th grades ($50 and $25 gift cards)
    • 6th-8th grades ($50 and $25 gift cards)
    • 9th-12th grades ($50 and $25 gift cards)
    • Best in Show ($100 gift card)
    • Up to thre entries in each category will be named honorable mention (Certificates only)

Winners will be announced on Friday, March 2, 2018.

    Prizes for the winning entries will be delivered in March; honorable mention certificates will be mailed to the student’s school.

For more information, contact Doug Folks at 800/522- 8091, 405/528-7785, or

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.

The NEA offers tons of resources to help you design and implement your own Read Across America Event, including Reading Resrouces for Every Month of the Year through a partnership with Reading is Fundamental. You can also find Read Across America supplies, including the 2017-18 NEA RAA Resource Calendar.


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