NEA's Read Across America

2021 Read-On Missouri Tour
promotes NEA's Read Across America

Read-On Missouri Tour

Since 1999, Missouri NEA has sponsored a state tour, celebrating NEA's Read Across America, to help inspire reading in Missouri’s youth. The National Education Association’s nationwide reading celebration takes place each year during the first week of March.

MNEA's Read-On Missouri Tour has been rescheduled for May 3-7, 2021. MNEA Pres. Phil Murray and Vice Pres. Rebeka McIntosh will inspire students, connecting reading with success in life. MNEA encourages local leaders to organize classroom activities that promote lifetime reading habits and use skits, parades, games and other activities that celebrate reading and further the message that reading opens doors to opportunities to learn and grow in our diverse world.

If you would like to apply for a stop on the Read-On Missouri Tour (which replaces the Cat Tracks Tour) during the weeklong event, please complete the tour form at

The official tour is Feb. 22—March 5, May 3-7, 2021.

Application deadline: March 1, 2021

Submit your tour request application online > 

Questions? Contact Mark Jones at (573) 644-9609 or

As you plan your campaign, remember to line up a photographer to record your event in pictures. Be sure to share your event ideas and photos on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram by @mentioning Missouri NEA. Submit by May 10 high quality photos (one megabyte or larger) and a short description of the photos to Mark Jones at or Missouri NEA, Attn: Mark Jones, 1810 E. Elm St., Jefferson City, MO 65101. 

View photos from the 2020 tour >>


Tools for a successful Read Across America

Your local efforts are a vital part of the life of NEA’s Read Across America March 2, which has become an anticipated celebration each March in schools across the country.

Missouri NEA offers the following items to help you celebrate Read Across America. Members can find a full-color, pull-out poster in the centerfold of the winter issue of the Something Better magazine. Bookmarks, posters and fliers, as well as a variety of other family-outreach materials, are available in pdf format below. Contact Laurie Bernskoetter at (573) 644-9623 or if you have questions about materials.

Available for download

NEA tools
Visit to find an abundance of materials and ideas to help you celebrate this year. NEA offers new posters and a literacy calendar among a plethora of tools and ideas to help your celebration meet success.

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