Join our #TackleReading Day-March 2, 2020!



March 2, 2020: 3rd Annual Tackle Reading Across America Day…Your Classroom, School, or Football Team Can Join our Team This Year!!

**Presented by Kathryn Starke, Michelle Staubach Grimes,  and Beyond the Laces

March 2nd is the birthday of everyone’s favorite author, Dr. Seuss. This year, we are observing the day on Monday, March 2, 2020.  In honor of his contribution to reading, Read Across America has been a tradition in elementary schools across the country. This year, we are kicking off the third annual Tackle Reading Across America, in which over 23 NFL teams and athletes will be promoting reading for kids and elementary schools in their community.  We have expanded our reach into middle and high school to celebrate Women’s History Month focusing on strong female characters to tackle stereotypes with Jen Welter (first female NFL coach) and women of football.  You don’t need to have an NFL team in your city to participate. Here is how you can Tackle Reading with us March 2, 2020.

  1. Wear the apparel of your favorite NFL teams.
  2. Invite former NFL athletes, college football team, or local high school football team in your community to be a guest reader for the day. Enjoy reading books by Dr. Seuss or football themed books (see list below).
  3. Set reading goals on February 1st (Super Bowl weekend) for a month by number of minutes or books read.  (See example of football reading field below.)
  4. Complete language arts and math based football assignments throughout the day.
  5. Read and prepare the recipe of an edible football stadium by our celebrity cook, Daina Falk, Hungry Fan (see below).
  6. Share your pictures/day on social media @KathrynStarke @beyondthelaces using #TackleReading
  7. Purchase copies of our selected titles at a bulk rate discount for your school. (See below).
  8. Read football themed children’s books. Some examples include the following:
  •     Where is Pidge?  *     by Michelle Staubach Grimes
  • Pidge takes the Stage *  by Michelle Staubach Grimes
  •    Beyond the Laces     by Bob Salomon
  • Amy’s Travels*            by Kathryn Starke
  •      Smitty Hits the Books   by Wade Smith (former Houston Texan)
  •  The Little Linebacker by Maria Dismondy and Stephen Tulloch
  •   The Magician’s Hat by Malcolm Mitchell, New England Patriots
  • Grant’s Sports Adventures by Johnny Rutledge
  • Flying High by Julian Edelman, New England Patriots
  • Don’t Throw it to Mo by David Adler
  • Bobblehead Beatdown by Bo Rush
  • Tackle Reading by Kathryn Starke
  • Tavon Does it All by Tavon Mason
  • The Little Gladiator by Joel Gamble
  • Carter: My Dream, My Reality by Tyrell Zimmerman


Sponsorship/Purchasing Opportunity

**This March 2nd, we want to provide more books for children to take home and/or teachers to add to each classroom. We work with foundations, businesses, corporations, individuals, and organizations interested in sponsoring a local school for Tackle Reading Across America Day! We have a variety of titles and bulk deals available.

*If your school of choice has a specific number of students in mind in mind, multiply that number by $7.00 to receive the cost of the book as a gift.  Thank you in advance for support of literacy. Together, we can tackle reading!

Contact: for purchasing/orders/inquiries

*Example of football reading goal field. Choose your favorite team, and assign each student a number. The students’ number is moved to each line as reading goal is achieved (reading goal lines can be either number of minutes or number of books read).

Edible Football Stadium Recipe by Daina Falk, Hungry Fan

*Click on the link below to get the step by step directions!

Examples of Social Media Posts: