Get #SpottedReading in Nebraska!

One book, two books, three books, four!

Read those books, and then read more!

The National Education Association is building a nation of readers through its signature program, NEA’s Read Across America. Now in its 20th year, this year-round program focuses on motivating children and teens to read – through events, partnerships, and reading resources. This year, NSEA is sponsoring a Read Across Nebraska program.

All Nebraska first, second and third graders are encouraged to complete a 450-mile Reading Across Nebraska journey from now through March 2, the birthday of Theodore Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss.

The map on the center spread of the January edition of The Voice can be used to track the progress of a student or a classroom. There are mile markers along “I-80” for each 25 miles – 18 mile markers in all. Teachers can best determine their students’ abilities: perhaps first graders will read 18 new sight words and earn 25 miles per word. Second graders might work to read 450 sentences over the next two months, and track their progress along the way. Third graders could try to complete 450 pages in 60 days. Teachers are the professionals and are best equipped to deem an appropriate reading journey for their students!

Bookmarks & Certificates

Bookmarks are also available for teachers to distribute for students to track their progress. Ask your NSEA Organizational Specialist for bookmarks (available in packs of 25) or click here to have a pack of bookmarks mailed to you!

When your classroom’s 450-mile reading journey is complete, click here and submit the requested information for the certificates of completion. Each student completing the journey will have a chance to win four tickets and a trip to Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo! Teachers will be able to print personalized certificates of completion for each student.

Finally, share pictures of your students as they read! Use the hashtag #SpottedReading on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. On Snapchat? Add and send us snaps! As always, we’ll share the good work you’re doing with your students.

Not an elementary teacher? Remember, “You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read with a child.”

Visit for details and resources. From booklists to tips for reading out loud, find what you need to inspire students to pick up a book and become lifelong readers!