NEA's Resources
  • Read Across America Toolkit for lesson plans, activities, tips for getting children to read, and for ways to celebrate at home, in school, or in your community.
  • Visit NEA's website for fun games reading materials and other book activity information.
  • NEA's Hats Off Reading - No matter what hat you wear for work or for play, Read Across America Day is a day of reading for everyone.
  • Watch Our Videos - NEA and NBC/Universal’s The Lorax Movies for Reading.

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How do you celebrate?

  • Post your photos and videos on DoDEA's Facebook and Twitter (hashtag: #DoDEAReads) explaining how you celebrated Read Across America Day!
  • You can also share your videos and we'll add them to the DoDEA Youtube channel
  • lesson plans or additional resources you'd like to share and we'll include them in our 2013 Read Across America Day toolkit.

Read Across America Day, March 1, 2013

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March 1, 2013 is the date to celebrate Read Across America and the birthday of one of the all-time favorite authors, Dr. Seuss!

You are encouraged to make this a year-long pep rally for reading and read, read, and read some more!

"You're never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read with a child."

About Dr. Seuss: Born Theodor Seuss Geisel, March 2, 1904, in Springfield, Massachusetts, Dr. Seuss is known for his lyrical and hysterical passages. He is certainly one of Dartmouth College’s most distinguished alumni. The Cat in the Hat, perhaps one of his most famous pieces was a challenge from a publisher to create an entire book using only 225 words.



NEA captured the concept of an annual reading awareness and motivation program in May 1997, when a small task force came up with the idea of honoring the birthday of Dr. Seuss by calling for every child in every community to celebrate by reading. In cities and towns all across the United States and world-wide, children spend time focusing on reading for pure pleasure. The whole idea was to begin a movement to motivate and grow student achievement.

Each year there is a theme suggested by the NEA. This year the theme is “Grab your Hat and Read with the Cat”. Some suggestions from NEA:

Seuss-gestions (adapted for DoDEA)

Involve all members. For example, bus drivers can set up a reading challenge; perhaps parents can prepare recipes from your favorite books; and older students and administrators can get involved. All of them can be guest readers.

  1. Team up with Read Across America partners for your event. NEA's Read Across America has more than 50 national organization partners from the American Library Association to Youth Service America. Check out our partners list and find out if there's a local link for you. Don't forget to contact local businesses and organizations. They're great sources of book donations and volunteer readers.
  2. Have your post commander, mayor, school board, or legislators issue a proclamation. You can use NEA's sample proclamation to create your own.
  3. Hit the airways and read on the radio. Ask your local radio disc jockey to read or even broadcast from your school. They'll love the opportunity. Contact AFN for opportunities.
  4. Aim high. Who says high school students won't get involved? High School students love reader's theater and poetry slams, and middle school students can organize book fairs and read to elementary students, or create blogs to engage their peers.
  5. Play the pajama game. Invite parents and students to don their pajamas and snuggle up and read in an overnight readathon.
  6. Tip your hats to hometown heroes. Have students write to local heroes and ask them about their favorite books. Showcase these hometown heroes and their choices in your reading celebration.
  7. Put reading on parade or hold a book lovers' ball. Invite local authors and illustrators and showcase their books and characters in style.
  8. Put on your culture cap. Create a culture cafe and put books on the menu. Your reading recipes can combine food and fiction or nonfiction and offer a taste of reading's great adventures.
  9. Make your reading event a multilingual, multicultural affair. Looking for readers? Why not try storytellers from your ethnic minority communities. Their oral traditions are treasure troves for your students. Your Host Countries might enjoy the opportunity to participate and share the culture.
  10. Team up for reading. Contact your units and local sports team for guest readers and invite the bands to excite your celebration.



Visit the Read Across America intersect group to share your celebration ideas! Your idea could be featured in next year’s toolkit!

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The Famous Cat in the Hat Logo

Visit Official Cat in the Hat Logo Guidelines

Everyone loves our logo, and with good reason—the Cat in the Hat is a superstar!

You may reproduce the logo for use in your NEA's Read Across America event provided that you observe the following guidelines.


For Schools

  • Visit NEA's website for fun games reading materials and other book activity information.
  • Seussville - the official home of Dr. Seuss on the Web—is the place for children of all ages to play and learn with Dr. Seuss’s wonderfully whimsical books and classic characters.
  • Read Across America and Celebrate Dr. Seuss! The books of Dr. Seuss are an inspiration to young readers. Celebrate reading with Read Across America, the event that honors Dr. Seuss's birthday by getting kids excited about reading.


For Family

  • How it Works- Our Military Program helps ease the stress of separation for military families by having deployed parents read children’s books aloud via DVD for their child to watch at home.
  • Seuss Fishing Game - Ever had the itch to go fishing after reading One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish?