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2017 Read Across America Highlights

Top stories, news, and highlights from NEA’s 2017 Read Across Celebrations


NEA Panel Discusses Getting Diverse Books to Underrepresented Students
March 3, 2017 -

LeVar Burton Celebrates 20 Years of Read of Across America
March 2, 2017 - Tom Joyner Show | National

Celebrate Dr. Seuss Birthday and Read Across America Day
March 2, 2017 - Fox31 Denver | Denver, Co

Time to Get Reading on Read Across America Day
March 2, 2017 - WFSB CBS | Hartford, CT

On Read Across America Day, Experts Say Children's Reading Habits Are Driven by Parents, Not Presidents
March 2, 2017 - NBC | NBC web sites across the country (Including Chicago, Philadelphia, San Diego, etc.)

A Celebration of Reading
March 2, 2017 - Time for Kids National

Children celebrate Dr. Seuss's birthday on 'Read Across America' Day
March 2, 2017 | Washington, DC

#ReadAcrossAmerica Day brings cats, hats, green eggs and ham into schools
March 2, 2017 - LA Times

It's the 20th Anniversary of NEA's Read Across America! 
February 27, 2017 -

Reading Rainbow and Marley Dias, founder of #1000BlackGirlBooks, join NEA to Celebrate Read Across America March 2, 2017 - NEA's Press Center

Edcommunities Groups

Collaborate with educators on this topic in the groups below.

Illinois Education Matters
Illinois Education Matters is a network for all practitioners in education - IEA members and non-members. This effort is designed to serve as a repository for professional development, tools, resources, and information on grants, conferences / workshops, etc. Imagine this as your one stop for all connections. If you have joined our group, please message me - letting me know that you joined. I do not get any information telling me you joined. Our membership is so large, it takes me forever to go through and see our new members. Thanks for your help. You can also join other active groups on edCommunities. Several IEA members are facilitators for edCommunities. Check out and join their groups, if interested. Mary Ann Rivera - Illinois ESPs Mary Jane Morris - Illinois Education Matters IEA Jillian Huber - Integrating Reading and Writing 9th-12th Jim Grimes - Higher Education Amy Kappele - Early Childhood Development & Education

Secondary Literacy
Do you want to inspire your students to think critically, to analyze works, and to use their imaginations on a daily basis? Do you want to explore ways you can integrate reading into writing curricula and writing into reading curricula in your high school classroom? Join us at the Integrating Reading and Writing 9th-12th group to share, explore, and discuss ways for teachers of all content areas to link these two important life skills together in order to help students get the most out of themselves every day.

School Integrated Pest Management
This group will provide information and resources for integrated pest management training and advice for all educators and school districts . Pest management is important, but often overlooked, part of school safety. Pests can cause stings and bites, and can trigger allergies. In addition, some pests pose health threats by spreading germs and filth. Un-managed pest problems can result in damage to school property, unsightly landscapes, and other unsafe conditions.

Our Read Across America Online Store is Open!

Visit to purchase stickers, bookmarks, pencils, mugs, hats & more. We have all you need to create a memorable RAA celebration.


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Download the Read Across America 2017 Recommended Books Poster here (PDF).

Click here to download the 2018-19 Read Across America Resource Calendar and Poster!



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