NEA's Read Across America was created to instill in children a life-long love of reading, through books that celebrate diversity and inclusion. The year-round event culminates in Read Across America Day on March 2, 2021, but don't wait to start exploring!
Our 2020-2021 Calendar includes three recommended books per month—appropriate for elementary, middle-grade and teen readers—all related to a monthly theme.
RAA Event Ideas
Find suggestions for planning fun book-themed events (in-person or socially distanced!), tips for guest readers, and tools to promote your event in your community and to local media.
Support for Young Readers
Our resources for parents and educators include recommended booklists organized by theme, tips for getting free and discounted books for home and the classroom, expert advice for reading to kids, and more.
These books also change mindsets and help children develop empathy. It allows them to get to know and get along with many different kinds of children and to recognize the beauty of what we all bring to class.