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Books & Authors

Meet your favorite book creators, launch an author study, browse our themed booklists, get tips on how to choose and use kids’ books, find guidance on building a more diverse bookshelf, celebrate annual literacy events with us, and more!

Books are a uniquely portable magic.

Stephen King

Reading Rockets is made possible with generous support from the National Education Association.

Meet the book creators

Sit in on our video interviews with your favorite authors and illustrators who talk about their own lives as readers, their writing and research process, advice for young writers, and more. And you can take a deeper dive into a writer’s life and work with our step-by-step author study toolkit!

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Our guides to discovering great books

Sometimes it just takes one wonderful book to get a child interested in reading. Tap into what kids are interested in — our booklists can help! They include lots of new titles, and emphasize quality and diversity. You’ll find graphic novels, series books, easy chapter books, historical fiction, science-themed books, poetry, picture book biographies, and lots more. Happy Reading!

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Sharing all kinds of books

Get guidance on types of books, how to choose great titles, fun ways to pair reading with activities, tips on reading nonfiction, and where to find free kids’ books. Browse our themed booklists — where you’ll discover fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for kids 0-12 years old. Dig deep into our diverse books section, where you’ll find booklists, author interviews, and ideas on how to use diverse books in the classroom. 

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Celebrating books and reading

Cultural heritage months and reading celebrations like NEA’s Read Across America fill the calendar year with joyful ways to read together, learn together, and Read Without Walls — Gene Yang’s call to explore books about characters who look or live differently than you, topics you haven’t discovered, or formats that you haven’t tried. And don’t forget to browse our collection of literacy quotes, for inspiration and for sharing.

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