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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.
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“Now we have books on everything from acceptance and belonging, different abilities, coming over the border, and going to a food pantry. Diverse books normalize topics that our community sees or experiences daily.”
Quote by: Stacey McDonald, Library paraeducator, Massachusetts

Ready, Set...Read!

Celebrate the joy of reading this month with these featured articles and resources.
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No New Library Books for 30 Years? These Paraeducators Changed That!

A large Massachusetts district lacked new and diverse books so library paraeducators banded together to get an NEA Read Across America grant for new books.
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Books to Celebrate Juneteenth

Help students learn about and appreciate the significance of Juneteenth with these recommended titles.
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LGBTQ+ Books for Schools

Recommended titles that reflect on the LGBTQ+ experience and books about Pride, tolerance, and diversity.
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Get Serious About Summer Reading

Use these ideas and resources to put good books into kids’ hands and connect them to vibrant summer learning adventures.
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What Do Students Want to Read? It Might Not Be What You Think

Move over Dog Man! Make room for nonfiction books.
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New Picture Books!

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Discover new picture books that highlight Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander voices and history. Your students will see themselves and each other in these fantastic classroom library and read-aloud choices.

NEA strives to make sure that every student has access to age-appropriate books that show they are reflected and respected, and opposes efforts to limit students’ access to such books. Nevertheless, NEA urges educators to comply with state and local laws and policies that may limit what books they may teach and recommend to their students. 

Chapter Books for Early Readers

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Create enthusiastic readers with Magic Tree House (MTH) early chapter book choices for beginning independent readers that are fun, accessible, and help improve comprehension and the habit of reading.

  • Magic Tree House Book #28: High Time in Hawaii 
  • Nonfiction: Magic Tree House Fact Tracker: Tsunamis and Other Natural Disasters

Ready to use these MTH books and more in your classroom? Visit for downloadable MTH resources or head to Eligible educators can join FirstBook's Network to bring new books and resources to the classroom.

Become a FirstBook Member

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“Diverse stories provide kids with different perspectives and help them see how others think and feel. Put reading to kids on your calendar all year round. Take NEA's Read Across America Diverse Books Challenge and help kids of all ages discover their own voices as they learn from the stories of others.”
Quote by: Marley Dias, Read Across America Ambassador 2021-23, and Founder, #1000BlackGirlBooks

Hear from Read Across America Authors

We've interviewed several authors on our School Me podcast. Donna Barba Higuera discusses El Cucuy is Scared, Too! and why she is so passionate about writing books that feature multiracial children, families, and identities. Wendy Shang, author of The Secret Battle of Evan Pao talks about why representation matters. Andrea Davis Pinkney, author of Loretta Little Looks Back: Three Voices Go Tell It, discusses the power of storytelling. And Duncan Tonatiuh, author of A Land of Books: Dreams of Young Mexihcah Word Painters, makes the case for the freedom to read.

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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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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.