Read Across America

2014 New Mexico Celebrations!

“At Alice King Community School we celebrated Dr. Suess’ Birthday by having 7 officers from APD and BCSO come out to read to our students.  All of the children took part in making their own stripped hats, so they could be a Cat in the Hat.  Each student in our school was given a bag that had a book which meet their grade level, Dr. Suess bookmark, pencils, erasers, notepad and stickers.”

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At Georgia O’Keeffe Elementary:  “During the school day, students dressed in their favorite Seuss t-shirt and/or hat and had a parade around the school, then sat with parents to read for 15 minutes.  In the evening we hosted a dinner and read-in in the library where students read to their parents, and could dress as their favorite Dr. Seuss character.  We also hosted a book drive for NMPTA and had Dr. Seuss Birthday cake!  Attached is a photo of the book drive with PTA and our school librarian.”
“At Mission Avenue Elementary, we held a door decoration contest in honor of Dr. Seuss’ Birthday and Read Across America. All the teachers decorated their door in some fashion. We got a wide range of responses as we did not list any criteria for the judging. The three PTA judges walked around and saw doors of student’s favorite Seuss characters, favorite Seuss quotes, original student rhyming stories mirroring “There’s a Wocket in my Pocket,” student artwork, thoughtful thoughts and pictures in response to reading “Oh, The Things you Can Think.” pictures and stories of places students want to visit in response to reading “All the Places You’ll Go.” We also saw math and explanations of fractions when discussing “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish,” as students noted how many fish were colored differently. The history of Dr. Seuss was also researched and presented on a door.”

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Read Across America Celebrates Dr. Seuss’ Birthday!

Higher GPA.  Reduced stress.  Increased vocabulary.  Improved analytical thinking.  Better writing skills.  Improved memory.  Free entertainment.  Sound good?  These are all benefits of reading a book, plus so much more!

Read Across America celebrates Dr. Seuss’ Birthday by encouraging people of all ages to pick up a book and read!  Activities range from Seuss-themed lessons to school-wide read-ins to parades to door-decorating contests.

How will your school and community celebrate!?!?!

Check out the links below to help you brainstorm.  Encourage teachers, librarians, parents, and students to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ Birthday.

BONUS PROJECT:  Our NMPTA President, Kim Kerschen, has set a goal to make sure EVERY New Mexico student has a book to read next summer.  Your school can help by running a book drive!  Collect new (or gently used books) and deliver them to the NMPTA Office to be distributed to NM students state-wide.

Share your celebrations or ask questions by emailing  Have fun!

A brief history of Read Across America Day.
Search Pinterest for Read Across America.
The official Dr. Seuss web site.
Read Across America Events
Inspiration for your Read Across America event.
Event ideas.
Event ideas.
How to Bring Dr. Seuss into the Classroom
Printables, activities, and lesson plans from the official Dr. Seuss site.
Activities, unit plans, and lesson plans from Scholastic.  Pre-K through 2nd grade.
K-2 lesson plans as well as a high school lesson plan dealing with social issues.
Resources for using Dr. Seuss’ works in the classroom.
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Lesson plans.
Resources for grades 4-12 about social impact and activism.
Dr. Seuss activities and lesson plans.
Read, Read, Read
Book lists from the National Education Association (NEA).  Tips for reading aloud to infants through school-age children.
Ideas for teaching literacy through reading, writing, and speaking.
Research about how children learn to read as well as tips and strategies for engaging young readers.