What is Read Across America Day?
In 1997, the National Education Association (NEA) started the initiative to create a special day to celebrate and promote reading. Since then schools, libraries, and community centers across the United States participate in the day by bringing people together to take part in reading books. The first celebration was held on March 2, 1998, which coincides with the birthday of Dr. Seuss. Dr. Seuss is an American author best know for writing children’s books.
Each year this nationwide observance is held on the first school day closest to March 2. In 2019 it will be held on Friday, March 1st. The event continues to grow in scope and size each year. Today, more than 50 national nonprofit and association sponsors and more than 3.3 million NEA members support the effort every year.
Resources for Read Across America Day
- National Education Association’s Read Across America (RAA)Day website– Along with RAA activities, the site provides resources and activities for reading throughout the year.