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RAA Contest - Virtual Author Visit


This year, for the very first time, you have the chance to win a virtual visit with an author who wrote one of the books from our Read Across America calendar!

Diversify Your School's Bookshelves:
Enter the 2022 Read Across America Sweepstakes

This year, you could win a virtual author visit at the public school of your choice! Our Read Across America books represent a kaleidoscope of perspectives, cultures, and characters. 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. Learn more about these accomplished writers below.

Entering the 2022 Read Across America Sweepstakes is easy! Fill out the form below for the chance to win a virtual visit at a public school of your choice with an author whose book is featured on our Read Across America’s 2021-2022 calendar!

Only one entry is allowed per person—but the more people who submit from your school, the more likely you are to win! Share this page with friends, family, and colleagues to have them enter.

Important information: All entries must be submitted between January 10, 2022, at 12:00 a.m. Eastern Time and January 31, 2022, at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. NEA will draw the Sweepstakes winner on February 1, 2022 and coordinate with them to provide a virtual author visit for the public school of the winner's choice.

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Join the Nation’s Largest Celebration of Reading

Readers who feel included, recognized, and a part of the world are engaged readers. The titles and resources featured by NEA’s Read Across America calendar include books that students can see themselves reflected in, as well as books that allow readers to see a world or a character that might be different from them. 

Each month, we feature three books—one each for young, middle grade, and young adult readers— plus suggestions for discussions and activities. Winning the 2022 Read Across America Sweepstakes not only brings these books into your classrooms, but also opens new worlds and experiences to your students.

The 2021-2022 Read Across America Calendar

Official Rules

The following information provides the official rules of the 2022 Read Across America Sweepstakes: 

SPONSOR: National Education Association (NEA), 1201 16th Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20036.

PRIZE DETAILS: Three (3) winners will designate one (1) United States public school each to receive a virtual author visit for their selected school. Virtual visits include the following authors: David Bowles, Ellen Oh and J. Elle. Each winning school may also receive up to 20 copies of the selected author’s book. Each book has a retail value of up to $17.99 per copy. Maximum prize value is $1,500.

ENTRY PERIOD: The Entry Period for the 2022 Read Across America Sweepstakes (“Sweepstakes”) begins on January 10, 2022, at 12:00 a.m. Eastern Time and ends on January 31, 2022, at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

ELIGIBILITY: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER. Sweepstakes is open to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia who are eighteen (18) years of age or older. Employees of the National Education Association and its respective subsidiaries, affiliates, distributors, promotion and advertising agencies, and members of their immediate families (spouse and parent, children and siblings and their respective spouses, regardless of where they reside) and persons living in the same household, whether or not related, of such employees, are not eligible to enter or win. Void where prohibited by law. Sweepstakes is subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws.

HOW TO ENTER: During the Entry Period, visit this page and follow the instructions to complete the entry form provided and submit to receive one entry. Only one (1) entry is allowed per person.

SELECTION OF WINNERS AND ODDS OF WINNING: Three (3) potential winners will be selected in a random drawing from among all eligible entries received through the platform. Drawing will be held on February 1, 2022. Odds of winning depend upon the total number of eligible entries overall that are received for the Sweepstakes. Any attempts to exceed the limit of number of entries into the Sweepstakes by any method, including but not limited to, using multiple email addresses or accounts or robotic entries, are prohibited, and NEA reserves the right in its sole and absolute discretion to disqualify all suspect entries. An individual may not enter on behalf of another individual or transfer their entry to another person. An individual may be required to show proof of ownership of their accounts used to enter the Sweepstakes. A potential winner will be notified by email, at the email address entered during the entry process, by February 4, 2022. If the potential winner cannot be contacted within three (3) days after the first attempt to contact them, an alternate participant may be selected in their place at random from all eligible entries received. The potential winner is subject to verification by NEA or its designee, including the potential winner’s name, residential address, telephone number, email address and valid photo ID. NEA will not accept screen shots or other evidence of winning in lieu of its validation process. The potential winner may also be required to sign a declaration or affidavit of eligibility and liability release (and, where permitted, a publicity release) concerning the prize. If any potential winner is not verified by NEA, cannot be contacted within three days, fails to return any and all requested documentation within three days from notification (whether or not such potential winner actually receives that notification), is otherwise ineligible, or refuses the prize, then such potential winner forfeits the prize in its entirety.

AWARDING THE PRIZE: The Sweepstakes winner will be asked to confirm the public school they want to receive the prize and the school's contact information. NEA will reach out to the contact, identify which virtual author visit will be awarded to each school (the winning school will be able to choose which author visit they receive), and pending availability of the author choice, the prize will be made available to the winning schools on or around March 2nd, 2022.

PARTICIPANT’S PERSONAL INFORMATION: By entering the Sweepstakes, you consent to the collection, use and disclosure of your personal information for the purpose of administering the Sweepstakes. You may also have the opportunity to sign up to receive promotional emails from parties associated with the Sweepstakes; your choice to consent to such emails or to opt out of such emails in the future does not impact your chances of winning. To the full extent permitted by law, the name, address (city and state), image and biographical information of winners may be used by NEA for promotional purposes and a published winners list. Information collected from participants is subject to these Official Rules as well as NEA’s Privacy Policy:

WINNERS LIST: The winner’s name and the designated public school will be announced on The name of the winner and designated public school can also be obtained by sending a self-addressed stamped envelope to: NEA 2022 Read Across America Sweepstakes Winner, 1201 16th Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20036. Requests must be postmarked within ninety (90) days after the end of the Entry Period. The winner list will be sent to requesting parties after selection and verification of a winner.

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