Read Across America

Posted Date: 12/10/2015

MNEA Cat Tracks Tour promotes NEA's Read Across America

The Missouri NEA highlight for each year’s Read Across America celebration is the Cat Tracks Tour. President Charles E. Smith and Vice President Brent Fullington will each make “Cat Tracks” in different parts of the state with their special guest, the Cat in the Hat. The tour is during the week of March 2, which is the birthday of Dr. Seuss. The 2017 tour runs from Feb. 27-March 3. If you would like the Cat in the Hat to be part of your Read Across America celebration, apply for a stop on the Cat Tracks Tour using the form below. 

     Cat Tracks Tour Application (due Jan. 2, 2017)

Contact Jeanna Machon at (573) 644-9623 if you have questions about the Cat Tracks Tour. View photos from the 2016 Cat Tracks Tour on the MNEA Flickr website.

If your school is one of the lucky few to have a "Cat Stop," remember to line up a photographer to record your event in pictures. Be sure to post your event ideas and photos on MNEA’s Facebook Page, Submit by March 15 high quality photos (prints from film or digital photos that are one megabyte or larger) and a short article detailing the photos to Debra Beckman, Missouri NEA, 1810 E. Elm St., Jefferson City, MO 65101. 

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, 2017 marks the 112th birthday of Dr. Seuss and is NEA’s Read Across America Day. The campaign, in its 18th year, is a national celebration of reading centered around the March 2nd birthday of this beloved author.

MNEA tools
Missouri NEA offers the following items to help you celebrate Read Across America. Bookmarks and posters will be available at your MNEA regional office by mid December. Bookmarks, posters and fliers, as well as a variety of other family-outreach materials, are available in pdf format below. Contact Becky Stewart at (800) 392-0236 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.

You'll also find posters, hats, t-shirts and other Seuss items at the Read Across America store, In addition to the NEA Cat-a-log store, Missouri NEA’s image item collection includes a “NEA’s Read Across America” lapel pin that sells for just $1. Contact David Predmore at (573) 634-3202 or order them online.

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