Encouraging Your Need to Read

Encouraging Your Need to Read

Read Across America is an annual program that encourages people to read on March 2nd, the same date as famous children’s writer Dr. Seuss’ birthday. This reading motivation and awareness day was created by the NEA (National Education Association.)

Read Across America began on March 2nd, 1998, when an assigned task force at the NEA decided that they should make a day when people celebrate reading and get children excited about reading. Today, over 3.2 million teachers and educators are supporters and participants of this event held throughout the country every year.


The purpose of Read Across America is to get children of all ages excited about reading and for there to be an increase in reading throughout schools. During a time where there is so much technology, it is difficult to have children put down devices and pick up a book. On the NEA’s website, you can find fun activity ideas and even host an official Read Across America event. Throughout the country there are libraries and communities that hold events celebrating Dr.Seuss’ birthday and participating in Read Across America.

This event is a positive and encouraging experience for students of all ages and continues to be an increasing celebration in schools throughout the country.

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