National Reading Month kicks off on Saturday, March 2 (Dr. Seuss’s birthday!) with Read Across America Day, an initiative of the National Education Association to encourage childhood literacy and a lifelong love of reading. Here are all the local bookish events happening this National Read Across America Day across the Austin metro.

Austin Public Library

Teddy Bear’s Picnic

2:00-3:00 pm
4301 Rosedale Ave, Austin, TX 78756

Children ages 2 and up are encouraged to bring their favorite teddy bear out to Ramsey Park for a special bear-themed storytime event complete with crafts, activities, songs, and play.

All Ages Storytime

10:30-11:00 am
Willie Mae Kirk Branch
3101 Oak Springs Dr.

Recommended for children 5 and under (but free for children of all ages), storytime at the Willie Mae Kirk Branch features stories, songs, finger puppets, rhymes, crafts, and more.

Book People

603 N. Lamar

Author Liesl Schuh joins Book People storytime on Saturday March 2 to read from her book Girl Dad (my girls’ favorite part is when Dad rocks the pink bow) in the Book Kids amphitheater. Book People staff will be doing a day long celebration of Dr. Suess, reading from his books and hosting activities for the kids.

Lark & Owl Booksellers

205 W. 6th St
Georgetown, TX

For Saturday’s Lark and Owl storytime, booksellers invite children and their parents to bring a blanket and read in the garden for Read Across America Day.

Reverie Books

5330 Menchaca Rd Ste D

This year’s Read Across America theme is diversity and inclusion, and no store embodies these ideals more than Reverie Books in South Austin. All day Saturday, Reverie is offering a 20% discount on all children’s books and will be hosting giveaways throughout the day. Come visit Austin’s favorite bookstore Cat (not) In The Hat.

Paper Bark Birch

The Railyard Shopping Center
Cedar Park, TX

The Austin metro’s newest bookstore is a children’s book haven adjacent to the Austin Steam Train Association. This Saturday, the Leander High School cast of Matilda the Musical will be doing a reading from Roald Dahl’s Matilda and discussing theater life with middle grade book lovers. Signed copies of Matilda are available for purchase.

Of course, one of the best things about reading is you don’t have to leave your house (or even your bed!) to do it. You can celebrate Read Across America Day on your couch and take advantage of the NEA crafts and other activities for 2024 from the comfort of your home (and if you’re me… hide the glitter). As parents, we can all do our part to help create a nation of diverse readers!

Bookmarks for little kids

Bookmarks for big kids

Read Across America song

Read Across America poem

RAA reader’s oath

RAA state map

Kelly I. Hitchcock
Kelly I. Hitchcock is a literary fiction author, humorist, and poet in the Austin, Texas area. She is the author of three books and has published poems, short stories, and creative non-fiction works all over the country. Raised by a single father in the small town of Buffalo, Missouri, Kelly has fond memories of her poor rural upbringing in the Ozarks that strongly influence her writing and way of life. She’s a graduate of Missouri State University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing. She has six-year-old identical twins and a full-time job, so writing and picking up LEGO are the only other things she can devote herself to. You can find all Kelly's work at


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