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Read Across Kansas

Kansas NEA's literacy campaign Read Across America  celebrates Dr. Suess' birthday every year.

From Elk Hart to Atchison and St. Francis to Baxter Springs, readers all over Kansas rev up every year for the largest reading event ever. Thousands of kids and adults participate each year in everything from poetry slams and reader theaters to reading parades and community leader "read-ins". NEA and KNEA provide many user-friendly resources to plan Read Across America.

Some History of KNEA's Read Across America

Who: Past Honorary Read Across America Chairpersons are Nobel Prize winner Jack Kilby, Olympic Gold medal winner Tara Nott, K-State Football Coach Bill Snyder, KU Basketball Coach Roy Williams, KNEA Reading Wrangles (Kansas high school rodeo champions), Kansas City Royals Baseball great George Brett and Kansas Governor Bill Graves.

What: NEA's Read Across America, the celebration that annually salutes reading and Dr. Seuss's birthday. KNEA's version is Read Across Kansas.

When: March 2 or 3 (the good doctor's birthday is March 2. When March 2 falls on a Sunday, the official celebration is on Monday, March 3.)

Where: All schools and towns across Kansas plus all 50 states plus countries overseas … to find out what's going on in locally and to get NEA resources (the toolkit), contact your KNEA local association leader or log on to


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