Read Across America Day 2016 — Organize a Book Drive

Did you know that March 2nd is Read Across America Day?

This national holiday celebrates the importance of reading for children and teens.  It is a year-round program, developed by the National Education Association, celebrated on the birthday of one of the world’s greatest authors — Dr. Seuss.

Traditionally, elementary schools spend the day engaged in “Seuss” themed activities.  Libraries create a display of Seuss books, students are encouraged to dress like book characters, and some cafeterias even serve up a special helping of green eggs and ham.

For Read Across America Day 2015, the theme was “Oh, the Places You’ll Go”.  We posted some creative ways to incorporate the theme into everyday subjects and lessons.  (Click here to read the article!)

As we started compiling resources for Read Across America Day 2016, we wanted to think outside the “fox in socks” box.  While this national holiday is geared toward schools, it doesn’t have to stop there. Inspired by the creativity of Dr. Seuss, this year we are going to share some unique ways that you can celebrate Read Across America Day — whether or not you’re still in school!

Book Drive

Tip #1.  Organize a Book Drive

For many people, Read Across America Day is a way to spread the joy of reading to others.  What better way to do that than with a new book?

By organizing a local book drive, you can share new stories with readers in your community.  You can share new books, used books, or old books.  Look through your bookshelves at home or visit your local used book store for some affordable options.  Create a drop off location in your local grocery store, a dollar store, your church, or a community center.

Then, visit to find a local organization where you can donate your books.  Organized through the United Way, the current list includes a variety of places — like libraries, clinic, schools, and even cultural exchange programs.

Or, check with your local library or school.  They may even accept donations for their own collections!


Keep checking back for more fun ideas for Read Across America Day 2016!



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