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Read Across America: Reading and Seuss-Themed Resources for Teachers

Editor's Note: This year, Read Across America day is Monday, March 3rd -- a day later than usual. We published this reading-themed blog last year for Read Across America and Dr. Seuss's birthday, and it was a huge hit with readers. This year, we've updated the post to include a few new resources. (Updated 02/2014)

Each year, teachers, students, and parents are encouraged to read their favorite books together in early March to honor Dr. Seuss who once said, "You’re never too old, too wacky, or too wild to pick up a book and read to a child."

Seuss, who was born Theodor Seuss Geisel, left behind quite the cannon. His 46 children’s books have sold more than 200 million copies worldwide, and for many readers, his books provide some of their first reading memories. In fact, Dr. Seuss' goal was to pen books that children found fun and exciting to read. There's a reason most feature a beginner's vocabulary. "Cat in the Hat," for instance, uses about 250 words, and there are just 50 different words in the favorite "Green Eggs and Ham," (a bet the author won.)

On Read Across America Day, which was founded by the National Education Association, everyone can celebrate reading. There are plenty of great resources for teachers on the Web, and this collection features some of our favorites. Along with lessons plans and resources to bring Dr. Seuss's books into the classroom, there are also some general reading resources that feature useful tips, tools and strategies for engaging readers.

Seuss-specific Resources

Other Fun and Inspiring Reading Resources

  • Resources to Get Reading from the NEA: The National Education Association has produced some useful reading resources for parents and teachers. Along with great information for Read Across America events, there are also tips for reading aloud, ideas for encouraging all students to read, and strategies for reading to infants and toddlers. Also, check out NEA's
  • Dr. Seuss for Older Students from AdLit: These resources from AdLit.org are perfect for students in grades 4-12, and author Rachel Walker offers some great ideas for teaching older students about the social impact and activism of Dr. Seuss. AdLit is a great resource for teachers.
  • Dr. Seuss for Older Students from AdLit: These resources from AdLit.org are perfect for students in grades 4-12, and author Rachel Walker offers some great ideas for teaching older students about the social impact and activism of Dr. Seuss. AdLit is a great resource for teachers.
  • Great Read-Alouds from The New York Times: The New York Times Learning Network originally produced this post in 2010, and since, it's been growing every year. The post, which is perfect for Read Across America and World Read Aloud Day, features a trove of great Times content that perfect for teenage readers.

Some Literacy Resources from Edutopia

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GLSEN offers a guide for the NEA's Read Across America, a resource containing information about how you can engage a school in adding LGBT-inclusive books to their library or curriculum and how to request to read a book in a school near you on March 1. You can also download a free copy of GLSEN's Ready, Set, Respect!, a groundbreaking toolkit for elementary schools created in partnership with the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP).
http://action.glsen.org/page/content/raa-toolkit/

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