Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Happy 10th Anniversary NEA’s Read Across America!

Happy 10th Anniversary NEA’s Read Across America!
Ten years ago, NEA and its members started a reading revolution. From a one-day celebration of Dr. Seuss's birthday on March 2nd, "Read Across America Day," to a year-round literacy campaign reaching nearly every home, school, and community, NEA's Read Across America is building a nation of readers. Find out 10 ways you can get involved in the 10th anniversary.

Dreaming of Reading
Dreamgirls star Anika Noni Rose is joining the cast of millions reading on March 2, NEA's Read Across America Day. Anika's favorite reading heroes: her father and her grandmother, a former special education teacher in Hartford, Connecticut. Her message to kids? "I want them to know that reading is fun. It's not just homeWORK but can be home FUN. It doesn't matter how fast or slow your do it, or how big or small the book is. It allows you to take yourself to places you've never been or even dreamed of."

10th Anniversary Resource Kit
Check out the 10th Anniversary resource kit beginning in January. You'll find new tips for your events and programs, posters, certificates, and bookmarks, plus sample press releases, invitation letters, and more.

Take the Pledge
To make NEA's Read Across America Day the best celebration ever, dream up your biggest, most creative plans to get your schools and communities involved, then tell us about it through our pledge pages. We'll be highlighting your reading projects throughout the year.

Vote for Your Favorite Books
We're creating two new "Educators' 100 Favorite Books" lists for children and teens. Share your favorites by completing our poll. The deadline for voting is February 10, 2007.

Get Connected
NEA's Read Across America e-newsletter will provide the latest news in reading from Read Across America and its partner organizations. You'll also find links to grant information, classroom and parent materials, and more. To join, NEA members should send a blank e-mail to

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