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NEA's Read Across America

Share Your “SHELFIE!” on March 2

This year, on Read Across America Day (March 2nd), we are calling upon our educators and supporters to share which childhood book meant the most to them. To participate, simply take a picture with the book of your choice and post your “shelfie” on a public social media platform. When you post your photo using #Shelfie and #ReadAcrossAmerica we’ll share your creative submission on our social channels and feature it on our website.

Read Across America Facebook Live Event

On Thursday, March 1st, join NEA President Lily Eskelsen García as she hosts a live Q&A with award-winning authors and 2018 Read Across America Ambassadors Gene Luen Yang, Kwame Alexander, and Jesse J. Holland! They will also be joining us on March 1 at NEA headquarters in DC for a reading event with Reading is Fundamental.

Have questions for Kwame, Gene, and Jesse? Submit them via the comments section on our RSVP page then watch them answered LIVE on March 1.

Library Grants Return Thanks to NEA Foundation

Thanks to generous support from the NEA Foundation, the Read Across America Library Grants are back! NEA will award grants ranging from $250 to $1,000 to public schools serving economically disadvantaged students to purchase diverse books for public school libraries. Only NEA members may apply. The deadline for all applications is March 30, 2018. For details and to download the application, click here.

Save School Librarians

Schools across the country might not have librarians next school year. Facing drastic budget cuts, schools are making hard choices about programs to keep or cut. Help protect your library — a vital extension of your classroom and a technology-rich hub of student learning. Find out how.

NEAToday: Inside the World of Reading

  • Educator Brings The Lessons of ‘Wonder’ to Life
    Best-selling book's message of acceptance and kindness inspires Vermont teacher Drazin to create a presentation for schools to raise awareness about disabilities and creating a culture of acceptance.
  • Better Read than Dead: New Young Adult Book Dives into McCarthyism
    he year is 1953, during the nation’s Second Red Scare, when thousands of Americans were accused of being communists, Elliott’s story is told through the eyes of two teenage boys, Richard and Vladimir. Recently, Elliott sat down with NEA Today to talk about the book and how the lessons of McCarthyism are relevant to today’s middle schoolers.
  • Want Diversity, Hope and Healing? Open a book.
    A roundup of 2017 best diverse books for students.
  • The Library Lifecycle
    From young children at story hour to retirees learning second career job skills, the library “ecosystem” serves the needs of our community members throughout their lives.
  • Not Your Grandfather’s School Library
    “Walking into a school library can be like walking into Willy Wonka’s factory—just about anything could be going on inside those doors and it’s often amazing and sweet,” says McLean County, Illinois, school librarian Michelle Gattley.

Reading Resources for Each Month of the Year!

Visit RAA partner Reading is Fundamental’s Literacy Central to access an array of content to accompany the featured titles on our 2017-18 calendar.  These resources include lesson plans, activities, interactive puzzles, videos, leveled reading passages and more.

Purchase RAA Books at Reduced Rates!

Read Across America is proud to partner with First Book to offer books featured in our 2017-18 calendar at reduced rates to educators who serve kids in need. To celebrate RAA Day, First Book is offering $20 off RAA titles with their NEAREAD code. Order your books here.

Celebrating a Nation of Diverse Readers

NEA's Read Across America Resource Calendar 2017-18

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Bring the celebration of reading and literacy into your classroom and school all year long and celebrate the 20th anniversary of NEA’s Read Across America! The 2017-18 resource calendar is now available. Order yours today! Quantities are limited. 

The 2017-18 Read Across America Resource Calendar is a benefit of NEA membership. NEA members may order up to 20 calendars by visiting the Read Across America store.

Click here to request your calendars

United Through Reading’s 40 Million Stories Campaign

Deployments and separation continue to be a reality for military families. Children have an estimated 180 nights without their parent at home for bedtime stories. That’s 40 million stories missed each year by military children. NEA is partnering with United Through Reading to connect military families to the read-aloud experience. We believe that every military child deserves a bedtime story. Find out how you can help!

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 2017-18 Read Across America Resource Calendar and Poster!

NEA's Read Across America: Building a Nation of Readers

NEA's Read Across America: Watch the 2017 highlights!

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...

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

National Teacher Day
May 8, 2018

National Teacher Appreciation Week
May 7-11, 2018

American Education Week
November 12-16, 2018