Let's REALLY Read Across America: SEA & SPS call for more racially just and inclusive celebration of reading
Many of our schools have long histories of celebrating reading as part of NEA’s Read Across America. While the event had been steeped in Dr. Seuss from the beginning, NEA shifted away from the focus on Dr. Seuss several years ago in recognition that a reading celebration focused on one author could not reflect America’s diversity, let alone an author whose characters and stories reflect and perpetuate racism. SEA and SPS have joined together to call on educators to celebrate reading, and to participate in Read Across America, but to do so from a racially diverse and equitable perspective. This letter includes links from NEA to more robust reading lists as well as links to learn more about the racist history of Dr. Seuss books.