Read Across America

Official Contest Rules

Student artists in grades 3-12, draw or paint a picture depicting a hero from literature. Is it Harry Potter or Katniss Everdeen, Abraham Lincoln or Rosa Parks, Ant Man or Wonder Woman? It’s your choice.
• Lower elementary students (kindergarten through second grade) may participate through the coloring contest. Download and print this 2019 Official Coloring Sheet.
• All Oklahoma public school students are eligible to enter.
• Entries must be submitted on white, unlined 8 ½ x 11 paper.
• Each entry must include the following information on a label attached to the back of the drawing:
o Title of Entry
o Student’s Name
o Grade
o School Site
o School District
o Teacher’s name (homeroom or art teacher)
o 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 must be received by 5 p.m. Friday, March 1, 2019. Mail, hand-deliver or overnight entries to OEA Focus on Reading, OEA Headquarters, 323 E. Madison, Oklahoma City, OK, 73105. (Entries received after the deadline will not be judged.)
All entries will become the property of the OEA and must meet all contest rules to be eligible for prizes.


An Award of Excellence and an Award of Distinction will be given in all four grade categories as well as an overall Best in Show.
• Kindergarten through 2nd grades (coloring contest)
($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 three entries in each category will be named honorable mention (certificates only).
Winners will be announced in March. Prizes for the winning entries will be presented at the winning student’s school while honorable mention certificates may be mailed to the winning students’ schools.

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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