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March 2, 2022, is Read Across America Day!

Although Read Across America Day is not a federal public holiday in the United States, many teachers, students, and parents join forces to promote and celebrate the joy of reading on the birthday of Dr. Seuss (March 2), the well-known and beloved writer of children’s books.

Celebrate the joy of reading with the children in your life!

What is it?
Read Across America Day promotes reading, particularly for children and young adults.  Many schools, libraries, and community centers participate in the day by bringing people together to take part in reading books. Various reading activities and events are held across the country on this day. For example, some students take part in a Read Across America channel designed to showcase student and educator videos around the country. Others make reading pledges, organize book fairs, or read aloud to groups of people.  

In 1997 an organization known as the National Education Association (NEA), pushed for a special day to celebrate reading throughout the United States. This idea proved to be a popular one so it was not long before the first Read Across America Day was held on March 2, 1998. This nationwide observance coincides with the birthday of Dr Seuss (Geisel), an American writer best known writing children’s books. Some of his books include Green Eggs and Ham, How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, and The Cat in the Hat.

The NEA represents about 3.2 million elementary and secondary teachers, higher education faculty, education support professionals, school administrators, retired educators and students preparing to become teachers.  It provides resources and activities for educators, parents, and children.

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APSB Summer Reading Program Book Lists

Ducksters - Read Across America Day
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Read Across America Ideas
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