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 project. 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!

Seuss in the classroom

Classroom writing resources from Reading Rockets

Classroom activities from NEA and Random House

These classroom strategies incorporate Dr. Seuss books

Resources from our sister site,

Seuss at home

Reading Rockets' Lorax Literacy Bag

Go on a "Lorax" reading adventure! Our Lorax-themed reading adventure pack encourages hands-on fun and learning centered around a paired fiction (The Lorax) and nonfiction book (Tell Me, Tree). Create a collage from real twigs and branches or make a "poetree" and invite others to add their poems. Lorax reading adventure pack: All About Trees >

Reading Rockets' Green Eggs and Ham Literacy Bag

See our other Seuss-inspired reading adventure pack! Make a food mobile, throw a tasting party, or try your hand at writing a convincing ad to get a friend or family member to try something new. Green Eggs and Ham reading adventure pack >

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. 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

Hooray for Diffendoofer Day

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.

Send an e-card

Send an e-card, featuring an illustration from the 2010 NEA Read Across America calendar, to your favorite readers and get them excited about this special day of reading!

Bookmarks in English and Spanish

These bookmarks look especially great on colored or glossy paper. The English version says, "Reading is a blast on Read Across America Day… and every day!" The Spanish version says, "Today we're going to Read Across America!"

A video interview with Mrs. Seuss

Audrey Geisel

Watch video clips from Reading Rockets' interview with Audrey Geisel, the widow of Dr. Seuss, Theodor Geisel. It's a fascinating glimpse into the life of the man who's had a lasting influence on children's literature and American culture.

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