Today Is Read Across America Day


Join the National Education Association (NEA) today in celebrating Read Across America Day, a day created to motivate children to read.

It’s an annual program celebrated on March 2, the birthday of Dr. Seuss, author of many children’s books.

On its website, the NEA explains the purpose of the program: “Motivating children to read is an important factor in student achievement and creating lifelong successful readers. Research has shown that children who are motivated and spend more time reading do better in school.”

The first Read Across America Day was held March 2, 1998. The program has grown to have the support of 50 national organizations and associations—the National Indian Education Association among them.

If you want to do your part and read a book by a Native American author to the children in your life today, check out the NEA’s Native American Book List. It features a variety of books for all reading levels, from kindergarten and up.

In this Read Across America promotional video Betty White, Taylor Swift, Zac Effron, Danny DeVito, and Ed Helms recite the Read Across America poem:

NEA also provides lessons, activities and resources for kindergarten to fifth grade students for Native American and Alaska Heritage Month, which is celebrated every year in November. But who says it can’t be celebrated every month? To check out what NEA has to offer, visit