NEA's Read Across America
The National Education Association's Read Across America Day is the nation's largest reading event, occurring each year on or near Dr. Seuss' birthday (March 2nd). Reading Rockets is pleased to be a national partner of NEA's Read Across America. To help mark the event at your school, we've gathered some resources you can use to celebrate reading on Read Across America Day and every day!
What you'll find here:
Seuss in the classroom
Classroom writing resources from Reading Rockets
Learning about Theodor Geisel with our Author Study Toolkit
Kids are curious about the real Dr. Seuss — here’s a step-by-step for learning more about the beloved author. From setting a purpose for your study, to researching Geisel’s life, to developing a culminating project — our Author Study Toolkit will help you create a rich classroom experience. See Author Study toolkit >
Classroom activities from NEA and Random House
These classroom strategies incorporate Dr. Seuss books
Resources from our sister site, AdLit.org
Seuss at home
Green Eggs and Ham reading adventure pack
Explore your senses with our Seuss-inspired adventure pack. You'll find recommended fiction and nonfiction books plus three hands-on activities. (Level: kindergarten)
Green Eggs and Ham reading adventure pack >
The Lorax reading adventure pack
Learn all about trees with our Seuss-inspired adventure pack. You'll find recommended fiction and nonfiction books plus three hands-on activities. (Level: first grade)
The Lorax reading adventure pack >
Nursery Rhymes: Not Just for Babies!
Kids love hearing Dr. Seuss books over and over again — they're fun! The rhyming helps young children develop an ear for language and encourages word play. Here are some activities and recommended poetry books to aid your child's developing poetry, rhyming, and rhythm skills. (In English and Spanish) Nursery Rhymes: Not Just for Babies! >
Seussville's Seuss at Home
From Random House, browse this lively set of Seussian resources for parents. Includes tips for reading with your children, ideas for celebrating World Ocean Day and Earth Day, back-to-school activities and tips, summer reading fun, birthday party printables, and more. Visit Seuss at Home >
Jack Prelutsky and Lane Smith: Inspired by Dr. Seuss
Poet Jack Prelutsky and illustrator Lane Smith collaborated on Hooray for Diffendoofer Day! — a story that Dr. Seuss had begun but never finished. Prelutsky wove Seuss' verses with his own. He says the book is a wonderful homage to teachers: "It's all about teachers — teachers teaching us how to think." Lane Smith created a new set of "hybrid" drawings — his unique style but with Seussian flourishes. "That was a real rare, fantastic experience. I think Seuss was probably a big influence on myself and Jon Scieszka. You can talk about Green Eggs and Ham or The Cat in the Hat. I mean it all goes back to that. That guy was the most subversive of all," says Smith.