Read Across America

Librarian with Students Dressed as Cat in the Hat Characters

Many people in the United States, particularly students and teachers, celebrate Read Across America Day, annually held on March 2.

This nationwide observance coincides with the birthday of Dr Seuss, who is known for writing children’s books such as Cat in the Hat. Read Across America Day promotes reading, particularly for children and young adults.  In 1997 an organization known as the National Education Association (NEA), suggested 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.

Many schools, libraries, and community centers across the United States participate in the day by bringing people together to take part in reading books. Schools such as Fort Riley Elementary are participating by hosting themed days such as stripes day and having guest readers in classrooms.

Eisenhower Elementary participated in Read Across America by hosting a Celebration of Dr. Seuss all week long. Each day of the week had a different theme connected to Dr. Seuss books.