READ Across Philadelphia

Check out this video from one of our 2018 celebrations!

For the past seventeen years, Philadelphia READS has hosted the city’s READ Across Philadelphia celebration.  The event, which is in line with the national “Read Across America Day,” celebrates the birthday and legacy of Theodore Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss. To celebrate his 114th birthday, business, civic, and education leaders throughout the city will read to students at Philadelphia schools.

One of our goals is to have caring adults from community businesses and organizations visit classrooms and read to the children on this special day. The other is to involve parents in the joy of reading with their children. If every child in every school or home is reading with a caring adult, we send the message that reading is important and fun.

Every year for READ Across Philadelphia, Philadelphia READS organizes guest readers to read to children in the Philadelphia region. We also provide a free compilation of resources and activities for one Dr. Seuss book for anyone interested in participating. Join us in celebrating the impact Dr. Seuss has made on children by reading and sharing his books with the children in our city.

We hope that this resource guide helps you when you share the joy of Dr. Seuss. This year we’ve selected “Horton Hears a Who!” (Random House, 1982) as the signature Dr. Seuss book. This book explores the theme of equality.

We encourage you to use these activities for this book and read other Dr. Seuss books to your students or children. His words and illustrations are delightful and continue to hold powerful messages for both children and adults.

If you are interested becoming a sponsor of READ Across Philadelphia or would like to be a guest reader please email us

Download the 2018 Read Across Philadelphia Activity Packet here.