California’s 23rd Annual ‘Read Across America’ Is Monday – Teachers, Students, Parents and Celebrities to Celebrate ‘Leaders are Readers’

CTA President E. Toby Boyd to Read in Davis and Lodi, CTA VP in L.A. & CTA Secretary-Treasurer in Commerce #CaliforniaReads #IAmReading

BURLINGAME – California’s public school educators will join a nationwide celebration of reading on Monday, March 2, as they meet up with parents, city officials, firefighters, and TV and movie actors at events statewide for the National Education Association’s 23rd annual “Read Across America” extravaganza.

On March 2, CTA President E. Toby Boyd recommends adults take the “Reading Challenge” and post to their social media channels using the hashtag #IAmReading their favorite reads, be it personal or professional books. “Reading is a gift that cannot be measured,” said Boyd. “When children see successful adults reading to them, our hope is that they too see reading as a way to cultivate leadership.”

From Sacramento to Los Angeles, CTA’s officers will read books from California Reads, teacher-recommended books for all age groups. CTA’s California Reads site includes outstanding books and tips on how to make children better readers in eight languages. Get the full story about California Reads, reading tips, plus a Read Across America poster, bookmarks, and this year’s highlighted books at


Events with CTA Officers on Monday, March 2

DAVIS: CTA President E. Toby Boyd will read My Papi Has a Motorcycle and Imagine from CTA’s reading program to Sydney Santana’s and Liliana Valdez’s first grade classrooms from 9 – 11 a.m. at Marguerite Montgomery Elementary School, 1441 Danbury St., Davis, CA 95618. Contact: Victor Lagunes, Davis TA President at 650-339-1325 or Jay Ortiz, CTA at 650-863-2884.

LODI: CTA President E. Toby Boyd will read will read My Papi Has a Motorcycle and Imagine from CTA’s reading program to Misty Jaymot’s first grade classroom and Salma Granados’ second grade classroom at 1 p.m. at Clyde W. Needham Elementary, 420 S Pleasant Ave. Lodi, CA 95240. Contact: Michelle Orgon, LEA President at 209-747-6707 or Jay Ortiz, CTA at 650-863-2884.

LOS ANGELES: CTA Vice President David Goldberg will read at LAUSD’s Rosewood Stem Magnet, a dual-immersion school, at 10:30 a.m., 503 N. Croft Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90048. He will read “Lola,” a CA Reads recommended book that’s in Spanish. Contact: Jessica Reyes at 323-651-0166 or Frank Wells, CTA at 562-708-5425.

COMMERCE: CTA Secretary-Treasurer Leslie Littman will read from 8 – 11 a.m. at Bandini Elementary School, 2318 Couts Ave., Commerce, CA 90040. Contact: Mahagnie Morrison, Bandini Elementary Library Media Assistant at 323-887-5856 ext. 5305 or

Northern California Read Across America Events from Friday, Feb. 28 – Friday, March 6

SACRAMENTO: On March 2 at 1 p.m. in the Assembly’s respective chamber in the Capitol, Assemblymember Patrick O’ Donnell is due to award a special resolution honoring Read Across America. CTA Board Member Shelly Gupton will accept the award on CTA’s behalf.. CTA Contact: Claudia Briggs at (916) 325-1550.

SAN FRANCISCO: From 9 a.m. – noon on March 2, more than 55 community and parent members will read to students at Career and Read Aloud Day at Sunset Elementary, 1920 41st Ave., San Francisco, CA 94116 (at Ortega Street). In moving towards SFUSD’s Vision 2025, they are developing students to compete and thrive in the 21st-century world by introducing and sharing various careers available to them. In addition to reading a story, readers will also share their careers with the students. Some careers included on this day are city planners, biologists, composers, coders, teachers, engineers, journalists, city supervisors, board of education commissioners, visual artists, lawyers, firefighters, lunch servers, and police chiefs. Contact: Principal Rosina Tong at 415-759-2760.

FREMONT: Each day of the week, March 2 – 6, will have a theme to correspond to a Dr. Seuss book title. Students may dress according to each day’s theme. The week will conclude with Family Reading Night on Friday, March 6 in the MUR. Contact: Teacher Brannin Dorsey at 510-331-1663.

SALINAS: The four rural, single-school districts of South Monterey County will be celebrating Read Across America on March 6 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. at San Lucas School. Elementary students will visit reading and activity stations run by volunteers from the community, including County Supervisor Chris Lopez, County Superintendent Dr. Deneen Guss, the Monterey County Sheriff’s Department, and the Monterey County Library. Contact: Teacher Jessica Riley at San Lucas, 831-382-4426 or

Southern California Read Across America Events Through Monday, March 2

SAN DIEGO: Read Across America 2020 at Walker Elementary School, 9225 Hillery Dr., San Diego, CA 92126 occurring through Monday, March 2. Contact: Justin Phillips (Principal) or Erin Rutten (Counselor) at 858-987-5100 and Grace Nall (National Board Certified Teacher)

Featured Guests: Councilmembers Chris Cate and Luis Pallera for Reading Celebration Assembly on Monday, March 2, beginning at 7:45 a.m.

SIMI VALLEY: Celebrate Read Across America at Simi Valley Public Library on Saturday, February 29, from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. This is presented by the Simi Valley Educators Association, Simi Valley Public Library, and Simi Valley Friends of the Library. Contact:


The 310,000-member California Teachers Association is affiliated with the 3-million-member National Education Association.