Read Across America has become synonymous with the birthday of Dr. Seuss. Schools all over the U.S. celebrate reading by inviting in guest speakers, planning parent nights, and planning kooky dress up days to make literacy fun!
Why is Read Across America tied to a famous author?
The National Education Association started this annual event in 1998 as a call to raise motivation and awareness for reading by parents, caregivers, children, and educators.
While educators would love nothing more than to see children in every community reading 365 days a year, having an extra special day to really call it out to the community is a special touch.
And what better day to celebrate than the birthday of one of the most well-known children’s book authors anywhere: Dr. Seuss! His birthday, which is March 2nd, has become the official Read Across America Day for the NEA.
Most schools tend to celebrate the event with weeklong celebrations at school, inviting prominent community members and parents in to the classroom to read some of their favorite Dr. Seuss books.
Spirit Week Ideas
What does your school do for Read Across America Week? Here are just a few ideas that might get your wheels turning:
- Have a green eggs and ham breakfast day
- Plant a tree in the schoolyard to celebrate the story of the Lorax
- Staff can wear fun themed shirts like the one below
- School libraries can have an entire section devoted to Dr. Seuss books
- Make oobleck in science class
- Play a fun balloon bounce game in physical education in honor of “Oh the Places You’ll Go”
- Have a school door decorating contest
Or just have some fun themed days such as:
- Wear your clothes inside out
- Crazy sock day
- Hat Day
- 80s Day
- Dress up as your favorite author day
- Career Day
- Make a T-shirt to showcase your favorite Seuss book day
- Bring a picture of pet to school or bring in your favorite stuffed animal
There are so many different ways to celebrate reading, the sky really is the limit!
Read Across America Resources:
How about some great free printables to add to your teacher toolkit?
Love this handout for students that challenges them to see how many Dr. Seuss books they actually know! Would be great for a media specialist in the library to use during the week too!
Students can “feed” the cat with this easy to put together game that would be perfect for beginning readers as a center activity.
Who needs a new bulletin board idea for Read Across America Week? This blog post has your back. Super cute writing activity that doubles as a student work display!
How fun is this fish centers game? So cute!
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Ok, I can’t even deal with how adorable this is! Using real student pictures in the balloon is such a lovely keepsake for student families. If I received this as a parent, I would keep it inside a copy of the book to be used as a bookmark and given to the child again when he or she graduated from high school. Love!
Don’t worry math teachers, we didn’t forget about you! This worksheet would be great for reinforcing colors, numbers, and/or graphing!
Writing has never been more than when it’s on a large red and white striped hat!
Word families are just more fun when it’s Read Across America Week! Check out this great packet for your little readers.
Even the oldest students can get something valuable from a Dr. Seuss book. Find out their favorites and run with it!
What are some of your favorite Read Across America activities? We would love to hear them in a comment below!
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