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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.

DIVERSIFY YOUR SCHOOL'S BOOKSHELVES: ENTER THE 2022 READ ACROSS AMERICA SWEEPSTAKES

You could win a virtual author visit at the public school of your choice with an author from our Read Across America calendar.

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Authors available for a virtual visit are: David Bowles, author of My Two Border Towns, is an award-winning writer, poet, and translator; J. Elle, the author of the New York Times and Indie bestseller Wings of Ebony; and Ellen Oh, who wrote Finding Junie Kim as well as the highly acclaimed, young-adult Prophecy Trilogy.

Only one entry is allowed per person—but the more people who submit from your school, the more likely you are to win! So share this page with friends and colleagues and enter the sweepstakes today!

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Ready, Set...Read!

Celebrate the joy of reading this month with these featured articles and resources.
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All Kinds of Ways to Celebrate with Stories

Create space for storytelling of all kinds to be shared out loud, from oral history to personal stories to spoken-word poetry.
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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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Celebrate Read Across America Day with Elizabeth Wein

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#1 NYT bestselling author and Printz Honor winner Elizabeth Wein writes exhilarating, unputdownable fiction for teen readers. Share her books at home and in the classroom to encourage a lifelong love of reading.

Book Talk

Activist, author, and NEA’s Read Across America Ambassador Marley Dias makes a reading connection with Xelena González, author of All Around Us, our featured picture book for November.

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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.