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create & celebrate a nation of diverse readers

Let's read and grow together with 12 months of recommended books, authors, and teaching resources that promote diversity and inclusion.
Win free books for your classroom

Win a Set of Diverse Books for Your Classroom!

For the first time, educators have the chance to win a free set of books from the 2021 – 2022 Read Across America calendar—for every classroom in their public school.

Activist, author, and NEA’s Read Across America Ambassador Marley Dias makes a reading connection with Ali Stroker & Stacy Davidowitz, authors of The Chance to Fly, our featured middle grade title for August.

Ready, Set...Read!

Celebrate the joy of reading this month with these featured articles and resources.
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A Talk with Author Donna Barba Higuera

NEA's School Me podcast welcomes author Donna Barba Higuera to discuss El Cucuy is Scared, Too! and learn why she is so passionate about writing books that feature multiracial children, families, and identities.
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Book Club Basics

Here's what you need to know to start your own Read Across book club in your school.
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A Bilingual Booklist for Back to School

Celebrate reading in English and Spanish with titles featured in this bilingual booklist from Colorín Colorado.
Back to school reading

Start the School Year Off Right with Ready-to-Read!

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Marley Dias
NEA’s Read Across America uplifts inclusive stories so that kids across the country can see themselves reflected in a book. Join us in making reading fun for every reader.
Quote by: Marley Dias, Founder, #1000BlackGirlBooks
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About Read Across America

What is NEA's Read Across America? Find answers to your frequently asked questions about the National Education Association's year-round celebration of diverse books and meet the people behind it.
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Join Our Community of Readers

Are you a teacher, librarian, educator, author, or devoted book worm? Join the Read Across America Facebook group to share resources, ideas, and experiences as we celebrate a nation of diverse readers.
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Great public schools for every student

The National Education Association (NEA), the nation's largest professional employee organization, is committed to advancing the cause of public education. NEA's 3 million members work at every level of education—from pre-school to university graduate programs. NEA has affiliate organizations in every state and in more than 14,000 communities across the United States.