Every year, MSEA, Governor O’Malley, the Maryland Association of Librarians (MASL), and the Maryland Library Association (MLA) challenge students and their families to read more and participate in the Read Across Maryland initiative.
The Read 30 Minutes for 30 Days Challenge, held every year in March, encourages family, classroom, community, or individual reading for 30-minute stretches each day to create positive reading routines for students.
Past Read Across Maryland/America events included: MSEA’s Annual Green Eggs and Ham Breakfast in Annapolis with area students and special guest Lt. Governor Anthony Brown; a visit by the Cat in the Hat to the State House, where legislators donated books to a favorite Maryland public school; and middle school students spending a day reading, touring, and learning character building skills at the Radical Readers program hosted by the Banneker-Douglass Museum in Annapolis.
Members and their local affiliates can apply for Read Across America grants for programs to promote literacy in their local communities through NEA. Learn more!
NEA’s Read Across America
NEA's Read Across America is an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on March 2, the birthday of beloved children's author Dr. Seuss.
NEA's Read Across America also provides NEA members, parents, caregivers, and children the resources and activities they need to keep reading on the calendar 365 days a year.
In cities and towns across the nation, teachers, teenagers, librarians, politicians, actors, athletes, parents, grandparents, and others develop NEA's Read Across America activities to bring reading excitement to children of all ages. Governors, mayors, and other elected officials recognize the role reading plays in their communities with proclamations and floor statements. Athletes and actors issue reading challenges to young readers. And teachers and principals seem to be more than happy to dye their hair green or be duct-taped to a wall if it boosts their students' reading.
Learn more about this national event and check out all the great resources NEA has to offer!