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Read Across America in November!

Bring books to the classroom that celebrate and honor the culture and traditions of American Indians, Alaska Natives and First Nation Communities.

Read and share stories about the vital contributions Native people have made to the strength and diversity of our society, learn more about the unique challenges Native people have historically faced, and discover contemporary Native American society.

WILDBERRIES by Julie Flett (Simply Read Books, 2013)

Clarence delights in meeting an ant, a spider, and a fox while spending the day picking blueberries with his grandmother. In English and Swampy Cree.

Read, Discuss and Explore:

Broaden understanding of family traditions and help students appreciate diversity in your community with books and discussion. Read titles like Wild Berries by Julie Flett, Every Friday by Dan Yaccarino, and Family Pictures by Carmen Lomas Garza. Talk about how a tradition is something that a family does on a regular basis

For Older Readers

TALKING LEAVES by Joseph Bruchac (Dial, 2016)
Sequoyahng witchcraft. His son Uwohali overcomes this concern to reconnect with his father and discovers that Sequoyahthe Cherokee language.

Read, Discuss and Explore:

Uwohali comes to embrace the vision Sequoyah has for his peoplehemes of preserving identity and culture through both spoken and written language by asking them to research different world cultures and write about the ways language can both preserve and change culture and how culture shapes the spoken and written word.

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UNDEFEATED: JIM THORPE AND THE CARLISLE INDIAN SCHOOL FOOTBALL TEAM by Steve Sheinkin (Roaring Brook Press, 2017)
In the first decade of the 20th century, future professional football star Jim Thorpe and his Native American teammates overcame obstacles on and off the field and changed the game of football while attending Carlisle Indian Industrial School, a Pennsylvania assimilation boarding school.

Read, Discuss and Explore:

This book is a good stepping stone for opening up conversation about the premise that the shipping Native American children to boarding schools and stripping them of their cultural identities. Have students read and discuss these remarks of Carlisle Indian Industrial School founder and superintendent Richard Henry Pratt, a U.S. Army captain, who vowed to an Ask students to further research and discuss the development of the Indian Boarding School system and the outcomes and impact of this system on Native American families and communities.

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Additional Resources

Read Across America Featured Partner

First Book is transforming the lives of children in need and elevating the quality of education by making new, high-quality books and educational resources available on an ongoing basis. Eligible educators, librarians, program leaders, and others serving children in need can sign up at firstbook.org/register.


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RESOURCE CALENDAR POSTER

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


Download the 2017-18 Read Across America Resource Calendar and Poster!

NEA's READ ACROSS AMERICA: BELLA's STORY


NEA's READ ACROSS AMERICA: BUILDING A NATION OF READERS


Reading Rockets offers a wealth of research-based resources designed to launch young readers. It's for parents, teachers, and other educators in helping struggling readers build fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension skills.


Coming in 2018...

National Teacher Day
May 8, 2018

National Teacher Appreciation Week
May 7-11, 2018

American Education Week
November 12-16, 2018

Coming in 2019...

NEA's Read Across America Day
Friday, March 1, 2019