Wednesday, March 2nd is Read Across America Day, NEA’s annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on the birthday of beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss.
By this point, you probably have plans in place for your own reading event, but in case you’re looking for some last minute ideas, the NEA website provides many resources, materials, and activity ideas, including these two printable certificates:
- Certificate of Achievement – Award this certificate to students who take part in your reading event.
- Certificate of Appreciation - Award this certificate to adults and others who help with your reading event.
Looking for some book ideas to share with your students? Here are some favorites of both teachers and students.
Teachers’ Top Books for Children
- Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
- Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
- The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
- Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
- Good Night Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
- I Love You Forever by Robert N. Munsch
- Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
- Oh! The Places You Will Go by Dr. Seuss
- The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton
- The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg
Kids’ Top Books
- Harry Potter (series) by J. K. Rowling
- Goosebumps (series) by R. L. Stine
- Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
- The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss
- Arthur (series) by Marc Brown
- Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White
- Shiloh (trilogy) by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
- Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
- Holes by Louis Sachar
- The Giver by Lois Lowry
You can also find many resources in netTrekker for all grade levels to support your reading activities by searching for keywords like Reading, Reading Comprehension, or Reading Strategies in any of the three grade level tabs.
What are your plans for Read Across America Day? We’d love to hear how you’re incorporating this event into your classrooms.
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