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.
Watch What We're Celebrating This Year
We're joining the parade—Tiara's Hat Parade, as NEA President Becky Pringle, Read Across America Ambassador Marley Dias, and author Kelly Starling Lyons welcome us to another year of diverse books and take us deeper into a beloved tale of family, community, courage, and fashion.
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
Celebrate the joy of reading this month with these featured articles and resources.
Grab Your Hat for Storytime with Author Kelly Starling Lyons
Read along with Tiara's Hat Parade.
Asian American and Pacific Islander Recommended Titles
Share stories that celebrate the AAPI community and the lives of everyday men, women, and children who made and are making history.
Students Deserve a Welcoming and Inclusive School Setting
A Wisconsin community comes together in support of transgender and non-binary students, after an "I Am Jazz" reading event was canceled by a Florida-based group.
Explore Simon & Schuster’s The Book Pantry!
The Book Pantry is your guide to book discovery. Educators can explore recommendations and download resources for their classrooms. With curriculum and reading group guides, author of the month features, and more, it’s a one-stop shop. Be sure to also check out the highlights of Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing's Summer 2021 Teacher & Librarian Preview.
Here’s What We’re Reading...
Click on a month below for our recommended books, plus suggestions for discussions and activities.
Empower Student Voice
Activate Young Citizens
Celebrate Indigenous Peoples
Explore Families & History
Develop Passion & Perseverance
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.
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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