Read Across America Day Date in the current year: March 2, 2016

Read Across America Day Read Across America Day is an annual observance in the United States inaugurated by the National Education Association. It falls on the school day closest to March 2, the birthday of American author of children's books Dr. Seuss.

The National Educational Association (NEA) is a U.S. professional organization and labor union that represents educators and college students preparing to become teachers. It created the Read Across America initiative on reading to encourage children to read more books and get them excited about reading.

NEA came up with the idea of creating a day to celebrated reading in 1997. Read Across America Day was first celebrated on March 2, 1998. It has been held every year since then. The holiday focuses on motivating kids to read as reading helps do better in school.

On Read Across America Day, numerous events are hosted by schools, libraries, churches, community centers, bookstores, and even hospitals. The holiday is supported not only by NEA members but also by some 50 national associations and organizations.

NEA offers diverse resource materials for those who want to celebrate this day in their own unique way. NEA's official website contains a lot of ideas that may be very helpful.

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