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NEA's Read Across America
Celebrate a nation of diverse readers with our recommended books, authors, and teaching resources.
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Read Across America Advisory Committee

These are the NEA educators who guide us in our mission.
2023 Read Across Committee members pose inside the NEA building
From left to right, front row: Heather Bakke (MN); Christina Bohringer (Chair, VA); Melissa Costantino-Poruben (PA); Zachary Grimm (OK); Back row: Tyler (Marshall) Murphy (KY); Casey Vanwhy (PA); Erica Webber-Jones (MS); Sherry East (SC); Brenda Brathwaite (NJ). Not pictured: Maritza Avila (CA); Anita Gibson (AL); Pamella Johnson (WA); Tanya Johnson Martin (MD); Ovidia Molina (TX); Mary Beth Tate (AL); Yan Yii (MA)

NEA’s Read Across America Advisory Committee reviews and provides feedback on NEA’s work to “Celebrate a Nation of Diverse Readers” by highlighting diverse authors and books for an increasingly diverse student population across America.

The 2023-2024 Committee members are:

  • Christina Bohringer (Chair, VA)
  • Maritza Avila (CA)
  • Heather Bakke (MN)
  • Brenda Brathwaite (NJ)
  • Melissa Costantino-Poruben (PA)
  • Sherry East (SC)
  • Anita Gibson (AL)
  • Zachary Grimm (OK)
  • Pamella Johnson (WA)
  • Tanya Johnson Martin (MD)
  • Ovidia Molina (TX)
  • Marshall Murphy (KY)
  • Mary Beth Tate (AL)
  • Casey Vanwhy (PA)
  • Erica Webber-Jones (MS)
  • Yan Yii (MA)
Celebrate a nation of diverse readers with our recommended books, authors, and teaching resources.
Librarian leans over seated students at the library who are reading a book

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