Read Across America Week 2024

March 2 is Read Across America Day followed by Read Across America Week beginning March 4. Launched in 1998 by the National Education Association (NEA), Read Across America is the nation's largest celebration of reading. The NEA wants to make sure that all children have access to books.

This year, the theme is diversity and inclusion. Discovering books with different perspectives helps kids find out what others believe and how they feel, as well as to see themselves in the books that they’re reading. When we provide opportunities to broaden our perspectives, it opens up the door to creating a better and more inclusive world.

Think about joining in on NEA’s Read Across America Diverse Books Challenge by reading to students, encouraging everyone to read stories that include a range of perspectives and experiences that can spark a conversation, and simply sharing the importance of reading. There is value in reading and coming together to celebrate all of the worlds that open up to us by picking up a book.

In honor of this week, the PLYMC will celebrate by having a theme each day and we want you to join in on the fun!

  • Monday, March 4: Dress Like Your Favorite Book Character​
  • Tuesday, March 5: Dress Like Your Favorite Fairy Tale Character​
  • ​Wednesday, March 6: Team Spirit Day (house colors, district colors, branch colors)
  • ​Thursday, March 7: Dress in Green Day (Lorax, recycling, protect the environment, favorite book with a green cover)​
  • ​Friday, March 8: Superhero Day​
  • ​Saturday, March 9: Crazy Hat Day

Also, make sure to check out our Celebrating Diversity booklist for suggestions!

No matter how you celebrate, share it on social media! Make sure to add #ReadAcrossAmerica or #NEADiverseBookChallenge to any posts to show your support. We look forward to celebrating with you!