#CelebrateWithDE – Read Across America Day

One of our favorite days of the year, Read Across America Day, celebrates reading in all forms. Participate in all your classes by encouraging students to read something they enjoy and providing class time for silent sustained reading. Give students a taste of the work that goes into writing what they read, too, by inviting them to write a story of their own.

Use our Celebrate Reading Content Collection to find resources for all grade bands, including content, lesson starters, and instructional strategies.


Virtual Field Trip:
Read Across America Day 2016

Discovery Education Streaming, Science Techbook, Social Studies Techbook, Math Techbook
Grades K-2, 3-5, Virtual Viewing Party

It’s been a couple of years, but the messages from FableVision and Discovery Education’s read aloud of the book Going Places from award-winning authors and illustrators Peter H. and Paul A. Reynolds are still fresh. Go behind the scenes as Peter H. Reynolds shares his creative process and answers student questions.

Read a Story

Allow students to enjoy reading without a goal or assessment in mind. Here are some suggestions of fun stories from Discovery Education for your students’ virtual bookshelf. Sometimes older students – and adults! – enjoy revisiting children’s books and/or reading books to a group of younger students, which would be a great way to celebrate Read Across America Day!

Rabbit Ears: The Velveteen Rabbit
Discovery Education Streaming
Grades K-2, 3-5, Reading Passage

This enchanting tale tells the story of a stuffed rabbit sewn from velveteen who was given to a little boy as a Christmas present. With other fancy toys capturing the boy’s interest, the rabbit is carelessly treated. The Velveteen Rabbit discovers the possibility of becoming Real if he can only gain the love of children.
Rabbit Ears: The Elephant’s Child
Discovery Education Streaming, Science Techbook
Grades K-2, 3-5, Reading Passage

A delightful and adventurous tale of what the world was like in the beginning by Rudyard Kipling. A spirited story about how the elephant got its trunk.

Write a Story

Engage your students in writing stories to give to each other to read as they celebrate Read Across America Day. Use these images of readers and the strategy They Said What?!?, from the SOS series, as story starters for students who need an idea. Have students trade possibilities for words in the speech bubbles to get their imaginations going and share ideas. Recommend that younger students work in teams and offer older students the challenge of writing an illustrating a children’s book.
Reading Bird and Worm
Discovery Education Streaming
Grades K-2, 3-5, Clip Art

Reading in a Tent (Color)
Discovery Education Streaming
Grades K-2, 3-5, Clip Art

Fish Reading
Discovery Education Streaming
Grades K-2, 3-5, Clip Art

Troops Seated, Reading Letter
Discovery Education Streaming
Grades 6-8, 9-12, Image

Reading Books
Discovery Education Streaming
Grades 9-12, Image


Interested in joining classrooms around the world to Celebrate holidays year round? Check out our Timely Content Page for our Virtual Viewing Parties and more Instructional Strategies.


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  1. Mark Cruzie said:


  2. Charles Dodgson said:

    You are right, Read Across America Day is a great opportunity to relax, and learn new information. By how much I plan to become a good writer, reading, this is the key to my success. After all, to master a written skill, you must first and foremost practice, is not it? 🙂 After all, it is in excellent stories that you can find great writing methods, or an idea for your own stories. Of course, at the same time it’s best to develop your own style, that you would become a unique author, and not just an imitator. After all, if you want to keep your column on The New York Times once, you definitely need to develop all your skills 🙂