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Read Across America Day in the United States

Many people in the United States, particularly students, parents and teachers, join forces on Read Across America Day, annually held on March 2. This nationwide observance coincides with the birthday of Dr Seuss, who is known for writing children’s books.

map of America depicted with pages from a book
Read Across America Day is held on March 2 each year.
Read Across America Day is held on March 2 each year.

What Do People Do?

Read Across America Day promotes reading, particularly for children and young adults.  Many schools, libraries, and community centers across the United States participate in the day by bringing people together to take part in reading books. Various reading activities and events are held across the country on this day. For example, some students take part in a Read Across America channel designed to showcase student and educator videos around the country. Others make reading pledges, organize book fairs, or read aloud to groups of people.

Public Life

Read Across America Day an observance and is not a federal public holiday in the United States.


In 1997 an organization known as the National Education Association (NEA), pushed for a special day to celebrate reading throughout the United States. This idea proved to be a popular one so it was not long before the first Read Across America Day was held on March 2, 1998. This nationwide observance coincides with the birthday of Dr Seuss (Geisel), an American writer best known writing children’s books. Some of his books include Green Eggs and Ham, How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, and The Cat in the Hat.

The NEA represents about 3.2 million elementary and secondary teachers, higher education faculty, education support professionals, school administrators, retired educators and students preparing to become teachers.  It provides resources and activities for educators, parents, and children.


Read Across America calendars and other promotional material for Read Across America Day show images of activities associated with reading, learning, literacy and other elements of education.

Read Across America Day Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday TypeWhere It is Observed
TueMar 22010Read Across America DayObservance 
WedMar 22011Read Across America DayObservance 
FriMar 22012Read Across America DayObservance 
FriMar 12013Read Across America DayObservance 
MonMar 32014Read Across America DayObservance 
MonMar 22015Read Across America DayObservance 
WedMar 22016Read Across America DayObservance 
ThuMar 22017Read Across America DayObservance 
FriMar 22018Read Across America DayObservance 
FriMar 12019Read Across America DayObservance 
MonMar 22020Read Across America DayObservance 

Quick Facts

Read Across America Day is observed in the United States on March 2 each year.

Read Across America Day 2017

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Read Across America Day 2018

Friday, March 2, 2018


Name in other languages

Read Across America DayEnglish
Día de la Lectura a Través de AméricaSpanish
קרא לאומי ברחבי אמריקהHebrew
عبر الوطنية مقروءة أمريكا اليومArabic
미국 날맞은 편 읽기Korean
Lesedag i hele AmerikaNorwegian
Read Across AmericaGerman

List of dates for other years

Other holidays in March 2017 in the United States

Fun Holiday on March 2, 2017

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