March 1 is NEA’s Read Across America day 2013!

readacrossamericaNow in its 16th year, NEA’s Read Across America is an annual reading motivation and awareness movement asking every child in every community to celebrate reading on the birthday of beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss. NEA’s Read Across America program also supports NEA members, parents, caregivers, and children with the resources and activities they need to keep reading fun throughout the year.

The theme for 2013 is Grab your Hat and Read with the Cat.”Make sure you are ready to celebrate the joy of reading with your students and fellow NEA colleagues on Friday, March 1st – this year’s official Read Across America Day:

Enjoy Special Discounts
Decorate your school and classroom in Seussian style! Check out the online Seuss store: The Cat-alog, offered through SmileMakers. There you will find everything you need for your celebration including over 100 Dr. Seuss products, reading awards, pencils, decorations, and so much more!

  • Use promotion code NEAMB to get 20 percent OFF, no minimum order required
  • FREE shipping with your order of $25 or more in all 50 states (including Alaska and Hawaii)

Get The Latest Info
Go to to find a wide variety of information including how to create a reading event, activity ideas, downloadable information for parents, your state’s activity/contact information, and even take the pledge to participate this year! Items and materials are updated frequently, so please check back often.

Stay Connected
Join Read Across America on Facebook or post your videos to SchoolTube to learn what other educators are planning, and help spread the word about building a nation of readers! You can share photos, videos and ideas, plus hear the latest news from NEA’s Read Across America team and its partners.

*A percentage of the profits from Read Across America sales will be donated to benefit NEA’s literacy program.

Looking for books?
If you serve a high needs student population and are in need of books for your reading event, check out the First Book Marketplace, run by Read Across America partner First Book. They have books by Dr. Seuss and many of your favorite authors at significant discounts. And if you qualify, sign up to become a First Book recipient of free books.

March 1 and beyond

Activities for Read Across America extend way beyond March 1. Updates and events are frequently being added to Check often for activity ideas, community events and much more. Join the Read Across America Facebook page, or post your videos to SchoolTube.