March 1 is Read Across America Day! - National Council of Teachers of English
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March 1 is Read Across America Day!

Take part in the largest reading event in the United States on Friday, March 1! Gather books and readers for NEA’s Read Across America Day, celebrated on or around the birthday of Theodor Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss. The NEA shared teacher-tested ideas for celebrating reading. Here’s how you can integrate into these activities:

Door Decor
In “Opening the Door for Reading: Sharing Favorite Texts to Build Community,” students build classroom community by exploring environmental print and a teacher-created display that focuses on a favorite book or author. They then create and share their own presentations.

Cook Up Some Reading Fun
Students can cook up food mentioned in books, such as porridge. They can get busy “Cooking and Creating in the Kitchen”!

A Chorus of Readers
It’s hard not to join in on a reading of a rhyming or verse book! Boom! Br-r-ring! Cluck! Moo! Everywhere you turn, you find exciting sounds. Students use these sounds to write their own poems based on a book they have heard in this lesson plan from

Literary Field Trip
Visit a museum or art gallery (either online or in person) with children and teens, helping them find inspiration for a story based on a piece of art that they particularly enjoy or relate to in this activity.

For background on Read Across America and for additional resources and information, visit the calendar entry.

Want more celebration ideas? Visit last year’s post for more!