Read Across America


Read-On Missouri Tour
promotes NEA's Read Across America

Read-On Missouri Tour

Since 1999, Missouri NEA has sponsored Read Across America tour to help inspire reading in Missouri’s youth. The National Education Association’s nationwide reading celebration takes place each year during the week of March 2nd. Missouri NEA Pres. Phil Murray and Vice Pres. Rebeka McIntosh will engage with students about the connection between reading and success in life. We encourage local leaders to organize assemblies that promote lifetime reading habits and use skits, parades, games and other activities that celebrate reading and further the message that reading opens doors to opportunities to learn and grow in our diverse world.

If you would like to apply for a stop on the Read-On Missouri Tour (which replaces the Cat Tracks Tour) during the weeklong event, please complete the tour form at

The official tour is Feb. 24—March 6, 2020.

Application deadline: Jan. 2, 2020

Submit your tour request application online >    
Download and print a tour request application >   

Questions? Contact Debra Beckman at (573) 644-9616 or

As you plan your campaign, remember to line up a photographer to record your event in pictures. Be sure to share your event ideas and photos on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram by @mentioning Missouri NEA. Submit by March 8 high quality photos (one megabyte or larger) and a short description of the photos to Debra Beckman at or Missouri NEA, Attn: Debra Beckman, 1810 E. Elm St., Jefferson City, MO 65101. 

View photos from the 2019 tour >>


Tools for a successful Read Across America

Your local efforts are a vital part of the life of NEA’s Read Across America campaign, which has become an anticipated celebration each March in schools across the country. March 2, 2019 marks the 114th birthday of the beloved children's author Dr. Seuss and is NEA’s Read Across America Day.

Missouri NEA offers the following items to help you celebrate Read Across America. Bookmarks and posters will be available at your MNEA regional office. Bookmarks, posters and fliers, as well as a variety of other family-outreach materials, are available in pdf format below. Contact Laurie Bernskoetter at (573) 644-9623 or if you have questions about materials.

Available for download

NEA tools and Seuss stuff
Visit to find an abundance of materials and ideas to help you celebrate this year. NEA offers new posters and a literacy calendar among a plethora of tools and ideas to help your celebration meet success.

Posted Date: 10/4/2019
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Read to Achieve Contest 

If your school is within the KCTV5 viewing area (greater Kansas City), teachers at your school are eligible for a chance to win $1,000. The Read to Achieve contest is co-sponsored by Missouri NEA and Kansas NEA.

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