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Read Across America Student Contest

Read Across America is an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on or near March 2, the birthday of beloved children's author Dr. Seuss. Across the country, thousands of schools, libraries, and community centers participate by bringing together kids, teens, and books, and you can, too!

Read Across America also provides DSEA members, parents, caregivers, and children the resources and activities they need to keep reading on the calendar 365 days a year, to motivate children to read and generate new enthusiasm for reading.

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2017 Student Contest

Every year, the Delaware State Education Association (DSEA) hosts a Read Across America contest that centers on a theme in a book. This year we are moving away from Dr. Seuss and using a new book for our contest focus.  That book is, The Day the Crayons Quit, by Drew Daywalt. Delaware public school students are invited to draw a poster, make a video, or write an essay (depending on your grade level) based on the book’s theme of resolving conflicts.

In The Day the Crayons Quit, Poor Duncan just wants to color. But when he opens his box of crayons, he finds only letters, all saying the same thing: We quit!  Beige is tired of playing second fiddle to Brown. Blue needs a break from coloring all that water, while Pink just wants to be used. Green has no complaints, but Orange and Yellow are no longer speaking to each other.  What is Duncan to do?

We are asking students to show us, either through a poster, video, or in an essay what they believe is the best way to resolve a conflict.   

Contest Rules        

- All entries must be submitted with THIS FORM making sure that the parent/guardian approval is signed, or their entry will not be considered during the judging of the contest.  If you have a group or class entry, please have one parent/guardian approval for each student involved included with the contest entry.

-Individual students, not groups, should submit poster drawings or essay entries.

-Posters should be no larger than 11x17 in size and reflect what you think is the best way to help solve a conflict among friends.

- Essays (high school students only) should be 600-800 words in length, have in-text citations, follow the APA format, and have a reference page. The in-text citations should contain the author, date of publication, and the page number or site URL. Please consult your school librarian for assistance with the APA format.  The essay should showcase how to best resolve conflict resolution or do a case study on a famous conflict resolution in history, and how that resolution came about.

-Video entries may be submitted by an individual student, group, or a class of students who worked together on the project. Videos should be a maximum of three minutes in length and include a title as well as a credit listing of the students who worked on the project and the names of any teachers or paraprofessionals who advised or helped. Please submit videos on a DVD or flash drive.  Entries can also indicate a URL address for YouTube. Only one video entry per student, group, or class. Videos should reflect what you think is the best way to solve a conflict among friends.

-All winners will be featured in an ad in The News Journal and Delaware State News on or around March 2nd, 2017 – Read Across America Day – and all winning artwork, essays, and videos will be posted on DSEA’s website.

-Again, every entry must be sent in with an entry form with the signed parental approval.  Please [Click Here] for an entry form.

Contest Prizes  

Grand Prize Winner (chosen from all of the grade levels/entries) will receive an assembly given at their school for their class/grade.

First prize
Grades K-3: art supplies kit and a movie gift certificate 
Grades 4-8 and 9-12 winners: art and/or writing supplies and a movie gift certificate

Second and Third prize
K-3, 4-8 and 9-12: art/ writing supplies and a certificate of appreciation
All winners will be featured in an ad in The News Journal and Delaware State News on or around March 2nd, 2017 – Read Across America Day – and all winning artwork, and videos will be posted on DSEA’s website.  

How to Enter

Mail entries with this form to DSEA Read Across America Contest, Attn: Shelley Meadowcroft, 136 E. Water Street, Dover, DE 19901.  

Deadline:  All entries must be received by the DSEA by 5 PM on Monday, February 13, 2017.

Questions? Contact Shelley Meadowcroft at DSEA by email ( or phone (866-734-5834).

[Click Here] to download the RAA Contest poster to hang in your classroom or school.

Thank You to our Contest Sponsors!















NEA Read Across America 2017

There are all kinds of resources available to you for Read Across America (RAA).  [Click Here] to go to the NEA website and have your students take the NEA RAA pledge, download free visual aids, or learn how to plan your very own RAA reading event.

If you have any questions, email