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Nurturing Readers

NEA's Read Across America grows a love of reading year round.
A girl reads a book while lying in the grass

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, but don't wait to start exploring!

Featured Books

Our Read Across America 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.

Member Gloria Pereyra-Robertson
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.
Quote by: Gloria Pereyra-Robertson, Oregon kindergarten teacher
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Recommended Books by Theme from NEA's Read Across America

Spread the joy of reading with these lists from NEA and Colorín Colorado to connect children and their families to diverse books, languages, and cultures.
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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.