Read Across America

Read Across America coming to Michigan on March 1














More than 45 million children and adults across the country on Friday, March 1 will dust off their red and white stovepipe reading hats, march to schools, libraries, and community centers, and celebrate the joy of reading as part of the National Education Association’s Read Across America Day.

The “Cat-a-Van,” featuring Dr. Seuss’ “Cat in the Hat,” will make stops in Warren and Lansing on March 1. Check back soon for details.

Now in its 16th year, the NEA’s Read Across America program continues the NEA’s ongoing commitment to building a nation of readers and mobilizing school employees around an issue they care deeply about: making sure all students have access to books and the skills and support they need to read and learn.

“Read Across America can bring a community together when adults and local celebrities read to small children,” says Steve Hinrichs, chairman of the Read Across America Advisory Committee. “The children’s eyes light up and they want to read to show the adults what they can do while at the same time, teens create literacy service projects to engage their peers. It becomes a win-win for all.”

NEA’s Read Across America is smiling about the recent addition of Delta Dental of Michigan — a dental benefits administrator — to Read Across America’s lineup of sponsors.

Delta Dental is partnering with the NEA to produce the Read Across America calendar and other materials, support the Read Across America reading tour, and provide other resources throughout the year, including oral health tips and classroom resources for educators.

Why the focus on oral health and literacy? Consider these facts:

  • Students who don’t read at grade level by fourth grade are four times more likely to drop out than those who do.
  • Annually, oral health problems cause students across the nation to miss 51 million school hours.
  • Students who have experienced recent oral health pain are four times more likely to have lower grade point averages than their counterparts who have not.
  • Students who are absent miss critical instruction time, especially in early grades where reading skills are a focus.

Delta Dental is asking children and their parents to brush for two minutes, two times per day and read for 20 minutes each day. That’s a daily total of 24 minutes focusing on developing good oral health and good reading skills!

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For a list of books on oral health by age and/or grade go to

NEA's Read Across America Day on March 1 is more than just a one-day celebration of reading on Dr. Seuss' birthday. It's an opportunity to focus on an initiative that promotes reading every day.