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Posts Tagged ‘National Education Association’

Michelle Obama to Kick Off Read Across America Day

First Lady Michelle Obama (pictured, via) will kick off the 14th annual national Read Across America Day. Along with U.S. secretary of education Arne Duncan, she will read the Dr. Seuss classic, Green Eggs and Ham in honor of Seuss’ 107th birthday.  Actress Jessica AlbaTop Chef, TV host Padma Lakshmi, and Super Bowl champion Donald Driver will also appear.

Here’s more about the event from its official website: “[National Education Association] NEA’s Read Across America is an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on March 2, the birthday of beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss. NEA’s Read Across America also provides NEA members, parents, caregivers, and children the resources and activities they need to keep reading on the calendar 365 days a year.”

Readers can log on to the site to make reading pledges. So far California boasts the most reading pledges  in the United States with 334 submissions. The site has also collected international pledges from readers in Brazil, Finland, Germany, and Turkmenistan.

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Get Ready for the 50th Birthday of the Cat in the Hat

When Abebooks’ Richard Davies sent word that the site’s top-selling book of last week was Dr. Seuss‘s THE CAT IN THE HAT, a little investigating turned up the probable reason: the book will be 50 years old on March 2, and to mark the occasion, the National Education Association is conducting a ‘National Read Aloud’ of the book, known as Project 236 (in honor of the number of words used in the book) across schools, libraries, and book clubs. The event will take place on the 2nd at 2:36 PM Eastern Standard Time. Random House Children’s has also set up a spiffy site to commemorate the book’s birthday and for more information on the event (although there are only so many ways to hear “Happy Birthday” before it sticks in your brain for an indefinite period of time…)