create & celebrate a nation of diverse readers
The poetry of [‘Black Girl Dreaming’] gave me a mirror: I saw myself, and it felt like a book told my story for the first time.
Activist, author, and NEA’s Read Across America Ambassador Marley Dias discusses Zonia’s Rain Forest (Candlewick Press), getting to the book's main ideas around home and encouraging young readers to talk, reflect, and express their thoughts in writing about Juana Martinez Neal's work. Zonia's Rain Forest is a recommended Read Across calendar book for July.
Get Serious About Summer Reading
A Super-Powered YA Anthology Proving Anyone Can Be a Hero!
Here’s What We’re Reading...
Spread Your Wings
Embrace New Beginnings
Explore Ancestry and Identity
Lend a Hand
Try Something New
Explore Families and History
Play With Stories
Nurture a Sense of Belonging
YA Author Chat
Four young adult authors—J. Elle (Wings of Ebony), Margarita Engle (With a Star in My Hand), Loan Le (A Phở Love Story), and Britteny Morris (The Cost of Knowing)—discuss why diverse books matter for all students as part of a moderated conversation led by educator Tanya Johnson Martin.