Saturday 6 March 2010

Read Across America Week

This week was Read Across America Week. I know, I just found out too...

We can still celebrate though!

My niece Lizzy (7yrs old) made this shirt to wear to school to celebrate! It has quotes from all her favorite books on it! Lizzy is currently participating in a read-a-thon for her school. Lizzy has contributed 7,500 minutes so far! Her class reads 8,000 minutes monthly and Lizzy chips in 1,500 minutes every month!! What a star! GO LIZ! We'll see some of her reviews here on The Sweet Bookshelf soon!

What is NEA's Read Across America?

NEA's Read Across America is an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on March 2, the birthday of beloved children's author Dr. Seuss.

NEA's Read Across America also provides NEA members, parents, caregivers, and children the resources and activities they need to keep reading on the calendar 365 days a year.

In cities and towns across the nation, teachers, teenagers, librarians, politicians, actors, athletes, parents, grandparents, and others develop NEA's Read Across America activities to bring reading excitement to children of all ages. Governors, mayors, and other elected officials recognize the role reading plays in their communities with proclamations and floor statements. Athletes and actors issue reading challenges to young readers. And teachers and principals seem to be more than happy to dye their hair green or be duct-taped to a wall if it boosts their students' reading.

Harry Potter is America's Favorite

J.K. Rowling's teen wizard continues to captivate America's readers according to results from NEA's Favorite Book series poll. The Harry Potter series outpaced its competitors, capturing one-third of the votes cast. The runners up included the Ramona series by Beverly Cleary, Percy Jackson by Rick Riordan, and The Chronicles of Narnia.

Hit the Road, Cat!

NEA's Read Across America Cat-A-Vans hit the road again, with stops in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Evansville, Indiana and Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Cat-A-Vans showcase readings by NEA Executive Committee members to hundreds of students and donations to local school libraries.

It's the Cat's Meow--Millions Celebrate NEA's Read Across America Day

It's NEA's Read Across America week and more than 45 million readers across the nation have joined the nation's largest reading celebration.. From book balls to pajama read-ins to week-long read-ins, the celebrations mark the thirteenth year for NEA's signature literacy event. Looking for news and ideas? Check out the Read Across America pledge site where events large and small are being posted and don't forget to post your own.

Capitol Favorites

Wonder what children's books inspired your Member of Congress? From Green Eggs and Ham to The Lorax to Chronicles of Narnia, here's a collection of Congressional Favorites and the reasons why your leaders love them.

Thank Your Readers with a Read Across America E-Card

Looking for an easy way to thank guest readers, parents, and community leaders for joining your celebration? Send this animated Read Across America e-card, created especially for NEA by our partner Reading Rockets. You'll be able to customize your invitation or use the e-card to send thank you's to guest readers. Don't forget to check out the entire lineup of e-cards offered by Reading Rockets.

Join the Cause

Join the Cause page on Facebook. You'll be able to share photos, videos, and ideas, plus hear the latest news

Help Replenish Public School Libraries—Donate to NEA's Books Across America

NEA's Books Across America is helping school libraries give the gift of reading to students who are most in need, and you can help. Think of creative ways to raise funds. Whether it's a challenge you make to your local shopping mall, a bake sale in your back yard, or a "run for reading race," your efforts, big and small, will help this worthy cause. NEA Foundation Website

About NEA's Read Across America

The National Education Association is building a nation of readers through its signature program, NEA's Read Across America. Now in its thirteenth year, this year-round program focuses on motivating children and teens to read through events, partnerships, and reading resources.

NEA's Read Across America logoNEA's Read Across America Day, NEA's national reading celebration takes place each year on or near March 2, the birthday of Dr. Seuss. Across the country, thousands of schools, libraries, and community centers participate by bringing together kids, teens, and books, and you can too!

On March 2, the National Education Association calls for every child to be reading in the company of a caring adult.

I'm going to donate my used books to my local library to get involved. I'll also be donating to the Foundation Site. What will YOU be doing to get involved??


  1. Julia's did a ton of Dr. Seuss stuff last week at school. She likes Lizzy's shirt!

  2. I had a teacher at my school do a theatrical reading of Green Eggs and Ham. We're at a high school and it went over really well! He gets the students doing noises, playing instruments (train whistles, etc)

  3. I have an award for you!

  4. My fave way to share a book I've enjoyed is to loan it out or tell someone else about it. I have lost track of books that way, though.

  5. I love the pictures! I participated with a class I'm in by reading to kids at the mall. But I was so sick with the flu I read one book and had to leave. :(

  6. Very cool! Your niece is cool and creative :)

  7. I love your niece's shirt! Very creative :)

    We used to do something like this when I was in Elementary School (many years ago), and I loved it so much. In fact, I was asking my cousin's if they still do it in their school and they don't :(


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