Read Across America

Read Across America is a national day celebrating reading — this year on Wednesday, March 2, 2016 — sponsored by the National Education Association and California Teachers Association, along with many of the country’s leading literacy and youth groups.

The more children read, the better they read. And the more they read outside of school, the better they do in school. Therefore, the Read Across America committee has launched "California Reads" to expand our current day of reading celebration to a yearlong promotion of reading for all ages. Rather than just one day and just one book, California Reads offers teacher-approved quarterly book recommendations for four age groups.

Everyone Can Celebrate!

One of the goals of the yearlong California Reads program is to involve our local communities in reading events, and there are many ways to celebrate! Invite police officers and firefighters to read their favorite books to your school. Parents can volunteer to read in their child’s classroom. Librarians can arrange special story hours. Practice dramatic readings with your students. Invite a local news anchor or even your mayor to read to your group. Ask your local bookstore to host a children’s read-in. The list is endless! Why not take the first step and pledge to participate!

California Reads Teacher Recommended Books


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