Read Across America in the Middle School

Read Across America is an annual event that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on March 2, the birthday of children’s author Dr. Seuss. Most elementary schools celebrate in a variety of ways, including:

  • Allowing students to dress up each day of the week
  • Allowing students and staff to wear creative and fun hats
  • Engaging classes of students in creating collaborative stories
  • Holding author studies with their librarian
  • Celebrating with a Seuss Party with creative treats


I did so many exciting activities and held fun contests when I was in an elementary school library. My students looked forward to it every year.

So many fun activities to do with elementary students…but what about the middle school students? Have they outgrown it?

Middle School

Now I am in a middle school library, 5th-8th grades. I couldn’t quite give up all the fun. So, last year I recruited several students to read to elementary classes across our county via Skype and Google Hangouts; we called it Read Across the County. My students chose books that were short and entertaining. Everyone enjoyed it!


This year, my students will:

  • Read Across the County from February 25-March 1, using Skype, Google Hangouts, or Zoom
  • Use makerspace supplies to create fantastical story dioramas
  • Use (Storyboard) to tell their own creative story
  • Create a book talk for their favorite picture book and share it on

My students will continue to Read Across America after March 1 by reading picture books to students across America.

If you would be interested in setting up a Skype or Google Hangout visit with one of my students please leave me a comment below this blog article or contact me on Twitter @rondahughes10.

We hope to read to all 50 states in 2019.


Author: Ronda Hughes

Ronda Hughes is a Middle School Library Media Specialist in Hot Springs, Arkansas. She has 19 years experience in public education as: a Physical Education teacher, 5th grade Literacy teacher and a library media specialist. Hughes has served as Tri-Lakes Reading Council President, Arkansas Reading Association Intellectual Chair, Alpha Delta Kappa Vice President, and Arkansas Association of Instructional Media Board Member. She has been on numerous committees such as; Arkansas Department of Education K-8 Computer Science Standards and Library Media Standards, Garland County READS, Arkansas Diamond Book Award Committee, Charlie May Simon Book Award Committee, just to name a few.

Categories: Blog Topics, Community/Teacher Collaboration, Makerspaces/Learning Commons, Student Engagement/ Teaching Models, Technology

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