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!
What you'll find here:
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, AdLit.org
Seuss at home
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 >
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!
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.
Bookmarks in English and Spanish
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