Read Across America Day, also known as Dr Seuss Day, is a yearly observance in the USA inaugurated by the NEA (National Education Association). It is held on the school day that is nearest to 2 March, Dr Seuss birthday. Theodor Seuss Geisel was an American artist, book publisher, animator, poet, a political cartoonist as well as an author. He is best known for authoring over 60 children’s books.
NEA is an American professional interest organisation as well as a labour union headquartered in Washington, D.C. The organisation represents public school teachers plus other support personnel, staffers and faculty at universities and colleges, educators that have retired as well as college students who are preparing to become teachers.
NEA launched the Read Across America, which is an initiative on reading that began in 1997, to encourage children in reading more books and also getting them excited about reading. On 2 March 1998, the first Read Across America Day was celebrated; since then, it has been held annually.
The holiday mainly focuses on motivating children to read as it improves their performance in school. On this day, hospitals, bookstores, community centres, churches, libraries as well as schools host many events. National Education Association members and a total of 50 national associations as well as organisations support the Read Across America Day. National Education Association provides various resource materials for people who want to celebrate the holiday in their unique way. The official website for NEA has many ideas that can be helpful.