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Read Across America by Month Archives

Celebrate reading all year long with NEA's "Read Across America By Month" archives. Find books and discussions covering cultural events, holidays, and other themes for each month of the calendar year.

Read Across America in October 2017
Family stories are a gift to each generation. Making and sharing stories help kids discover who they are. Use books to help students appreciate multiple viewpoints on cultural and historical events and explore their own cultural heritage and identity.

Read Across America in September 2017
Celebrate the richness of Hispanic culture! Share books and learning opportunities that provide valuable insight into the history of Hispanic heritage and get students thinking about the many contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans.

Read Across America in August 2017
Use books to start the conversation about the strengths and challenges of living in a culturally diverse society and to inspire students to support multiculturalism by raising their own voices or amplifying those voices that need help to be heard.

Read Across America in July 2017
A little extra encouragement to pay attention to their surroundings can help provide rich fodder to a young imagination. Offer more opportunities for kids to look, imagine and think!

Read Across America in June 2017
Passion brings energy, grows confidence, and inspires persistence. Kids need time and opportunities to explore their interests and learn what they are passionate about. Books and stories can help kids understand the benefits of having a passion and spark new interests and excitement about the world.

Read Across America in May 2017
Explore the rich history, culture, and literary works of Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans. Celebrate the stories of major figures and learn more about the contributions of everyday men, women,

Read Across America in April 2017
Bring people and poetry together during April and enjoy the month-long celebration of poetry founded by the Academy of American Poets. Plant the seeds for poetry love with poetry-reading parties, poetry slams or poetry walls in April and look forward to year-round, life-long reading of poetry!

Read Across America in March 2017
Launched in 1998 by NEA, Read Across America is the nation’s largest celebration of reading, focusing coast-to-coast attention on the importance and the joys of reading! Commemorate the 20th anniversary with your own adaptation of these awesome archived activities from Read Across America celebrations of years past.

Read Across America in February 2017
Honor the contributions of African Americans to the history, culture, and education of the United States during Black History Month.

Read Across America in January 2017
Place students, their family histories, experiences at the center of the learning process and help them learn from their own heritage.

Read Across America in December 2016
Set a harmonious tone in your classroom this month with books about music.

Edcommunities Groups

Collaborate with educators on this topic in the groups below.

Illinois Education Matters
Illinois Education Matters is a network for all practitioners in education - IEA members and non-members. This effort is designed to serve as a repository for professional development, tools, resources, and information on grants, conferences / workshops, etc. Imagine this as your one stop for all connections. If you have joined our group, please message me - letting me know that you joined. I do not get any information telling me you joined. Our membership is so large, it takes me forever to go through and see our new members. Thanks for your help. You can also join other active groups on edCommunities. Several IEA members are facilitators for edCommunities. Check out and join their groups, if interested. Mary Ann Rivera - Illinois ESPs Mary Jane Morris - Illinois Education Matters IEA Jillian Huber - Integrating Reading and Writing 9th-12th Jim Grimes - Higher Education Amy Kappele - Early Childhood Development & Education

Secondary Literacy
Do you want to inspire your students to think critically, to analyze works, and to use their imaginations on a daily basis? Do you want to explore ways you can integrate reading into writing curricula and writing into reading curricula in your high school classroom? Join us at the Integrating Reading and Writing 9th-12th group to share, explore, and discuss ways for teachers of all content areas to link these two important life skills together in order to help students get the most out of themselves every day.

School Integrated Pest Management
This group will provide information and resources for integrated pest management training and advice for all educators and school districts . Pest management is important, but often overlooked, part of school safety. Pests can cause stings and bites, and can trigger allergies. In addition, some pests pose health threats by spreading germs and filth. Un-managed pest problems can result in damage to school property, unsightly landscapes, and other unsafe conditions.

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Download the Read Across America 2017 Recommended Books Poster here (PDF).

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