Thursday, December 13, 2007

Read Across America: Celebrate a Year of Reading

Celebrate a Year of Reading!

The NEA's Read Across America Day, the nation's premiere literacy event, will be held on March 3. Now in its tenth year, Read Across America focuses attention on how important it is to motivate children to read in addition to helping them master basic skills. To get tips and download resources -- or to sign up to get a print copy of the planning kit -- go to .

Looking to celebrate reading all year long? NEA's Read Across America's 2008 Resource Calendar and toolkit–with art by well known children's illustrators–shines its light on fun books and book events. You'll also find posters, tips on Read Across America Day events, and links to keep reading on the radar throughout the year. Limited print quantities are available, so order yours today. Request copies by filing out this form.

Judging by the number of pledges that were received last year, the 10th Anniversary of NEA's Read Across America—the nation's largest reading celebration—has become bigger and better than ever.

Around the nation for the last ten years, reading celebrations big and small have put the joy of reading center stage. From weeklong Seussian celebrations to high school poetry jams, NEA members have made this a record year for reading.

Check out the pledge pages. And, since this is a year-round event, you can still tell us what you're doing for RAA.

Take a look at how NEA helped children get excited about reading! Plus, see how the Houston
Astros celebrated reading with 300 kids during spring training.

Watch a video of how we grew the nation's largest reading event. [Broadband, 6:45]

You can also watch another video highlighting Read Across America events during NEA's 2007 Representative Assembly. [Broadband, 3:56]

As reading is one of our Pre K12 District Goals, this can be part of your Professional Growth Plan.

Click here to see the entire year-long campaign from last year. This year's information will be going up soon. Once again, you need to reinvent the wheel with all these tools in place.

Click here to contact Sharon Crawley if you're interested in helping make this a success with us.