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NEA's Read Across America

Read Across America's 20th Anniversary Celebration: Watch The Video!

Read Across America's 20th Anniversary Celebration in Pictures

NEA VP Becky Pringle celebrates the 20th anniversary of NEAs Read Across America Day in San Antonio, TX with the TSTA!

NEA's Read Across America kicks off!

NEA's Read Across America Kickoff Event

It's Dr. Seuss's birthday! Check out the video from our March 2nd reading party, with celebrity guest readers LeVar Burton and Marley Dias. Access the video by going to our NEA Today Facebook page, liking our page.

Reading Roundtable

Join our roundtable with: NEA President Lily Eskelsen García; LeVar Burton, the host of the long-running PBS children's series Reading Rainbow; Marley Dias, a 12-year-old advocate for diverse books; Reading is Fundamental (RIF) President Alicia Levi, First Book CEO Chandler Arnold; and Alabama media specialist Ashley Strickland (chair of NEA’s Read Across America Advisory Committee.) Go to our NEA Today Facebook page and like our page to get access to the video.

Our Read Across America Online Store is Open!

Grab all your RAA materials at our online store!

Visit to purchase stickers, bookmarks, pencils, mugs, hats & more. We've got all you need to create a memorable RAA celebration. 

Celebrating a Nation of Diverse Readers

NEA's Read Across America Resource Calendar 2016-17

screen shot of Read Across America calendar

Bring the celebration of reading and literacy into your classroom and school all year long and get ready to celebrate the 20th anniversary of NEA’s Read Across America! The 2016-17 resource calendar is now available. Order yours today! Quantities are limited. 

The 2016-17 Read Across America Resource Calendar is a benefit of NEA membership. NEA members may order up to 10 calendars by visiting the Read Across America store.

Click here to request your calendars

Remembering 20 Years of Celebrity Readers

LeVar Burton at Read Across America event

Sports stars, musicians, actors...many celebrity readers have joined us over the years to celebrate NEA's Read Across America. How many can you remember? Take our quiz and find out!

Award-Winning Graphic Novelist Encourages Kids to Read Outside Comfort Zones

Gene Luen Yang, a graphic novelist, cartoonist, and author – was recently named the eighth National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature for 2016 by the Children’s Book Council, Every Child a Reader (ECAR), and the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. NEA Today spoke with Yang, who also taught high school computer science for 17 years in Oakland, California, about his new appointment and his plans to help promote diversity in children’s literature. >>Read the article

What Books Should Your Students Read Next?

We asked NEA members nationwide to share with us those titles that are used by educators and loved by students. >>Read more


Congratulation to the NEA members who will receive 2017 Read Across America Library Grants for their school!

See who’s receiving round one awards to purchase diverse books for their school libraries here.

Don't Forget to Take the Pledge!

How will you help create a nation of readers? Take the Read Across Pledge, and tell us your plans for celebrating Read Across America Day. We’ll publish them, so others can be inspired by your event.

About NEA’s Read Across America

The National Education Association is building a nation of readers through its signature program, NEA’s Read Across America. Now in its 20th year, this year-round program focuses on motivating children and teens to read through events, partnerships, and reading resources.

"You're never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read with a child."


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

Download the NEW
2016-17 Read Across America
Resource Calendar!

California ESPs Cook Up Some Read Across Food for Thought:




NEA is taking flight with Southwest Airlines, the official airline of NEA’s Read Across America.

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 this year...

National Teacher Day
May 9, 2017

National Teacher Appreciation Week
May 7-13, 2017

American Education Week
November 13-17, 2017

Coming in 2018...

NEA's Read Across America Day
Thursday, March 2, 2018