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Use this guide to plan a memorable Read Across America Day event. Additional tools and resources can be found at

This year marks the 22nd anniversary of the National Education Association’s Read Across America Day. We invite you to share the joy of reading and join us in celebrating 22 years of NEA’s signature reading program.

Use these resources, ideas, and artwork below to create your own event.

11 Ideas for a Great Reading Event
Looking for more creative ways to celebrate March 1st? How about a book lovers’ ball or an overnight read-a-thon with parents? We have 11 that will help your event be Seuss-sational! 

Teacher Recommended Activity Ideas
Educators really get creative when it comes to holding their own Read Across celebrations. Over the years, we’ve collected some of best activities that you can replicate in your school and classroom.

Other Resources to Help with the Fun
Read Across America Song
Read Across America Oath
Read Across America Poem
NEA's Declaration of Reading Independence


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Our Read Across America Online Store is Open!

Visit to purchase stickers, bookmarks, pencils, mugs, hats & more. We have all you need to create a memorable RAA celebration.

Click here to download the 2018-19 Read Across America Resource Calendar and Poster!

Reading Rockets offers a wealth of research-based resources designed to launch young readers. It's for parents, teachers, and other educators in helping struggling readers build fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension skills.

Coming in 2020-21...


American Education Week
November 16-20, 2020

NEA's Read Across America Day
Tuesday, March 2, 2021

National Teacher Day
May 4, 2021

National Teacher Appreciation Week
May 3 - 7, 2021