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Read Across America


Read Across America

“You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child.”

So said Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss. It is clever phrasing for such an important task. Reading to children is one of the best things we can do to help them start and stay on a path to success.

Read Across America Day is a nationwide reading celebration that takes place annually to recognize Dr. Seuss’s birthday.

This year, United Way of Northern Utah has set three main goals for Read Across America. 

  1. Collect 5,000 books to be distributed throughout our community
  2. Celebrate reading in 10 locations throughout Northern Utah
  3. Install 5 Little Neighborhood Libraries

Why Participate in Read Across America?

  • Access to quality, age-appropriate books is key to developing reading skills.
  • Nearly two-thirds of low-income families have no books at home.
  • Currently more than half of Ogden School District 3rd graders read below grade level.
  • Reading proficiently by the end of 3rd grade is one of the most important predictors of graduating from high school.

Here a few resources to help you read with a child!

Collect 5,000 Books

Collecting 5,000 books is a lofty goal, but will significantly impact children’s access to books and directly support our strategic goal to prepare children to succeed in school and life. 

Learn more about participating in the book drive running through the end of February 2021 here.


Celebrate Reading in 10 Locations

Traditionally, we have celebrated Read Across America by bringing volunteers into schools to read to children. During the pandemic, we will modify our event to follow local health recommendations. 

This year there will be opportunities to read to a classroom or group of children through Google Meet or Zoom. If you are interested in volunteering in this capacity, please email Nicole


Install 5 Little Neighborhood Libraries

The Elementary Literacy Network is working to strategically place Little Neighborhood Libraries throughout Northern Utah, focusing on areas with limited access to books. Are you interested in building a Little Neighborhood Library and/or having a Little Neighborhood Library placed on your property? Contact Nicole to learn more. 


Thank you to our Year of Action sponsors!