NEA's Read Across America

NEA’s Read Across America is an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading with the theme: Celebrating a Nation of Diverse Readers. Many schools, libraries, and communities of readers celebrate with an annual event on March 2, but NEA’s Read Across America also provides educators, parents, caregivers, and children the resources and activities they need to keep reading on the calendar 365 days a year.

Read Across America

What you'll find here

Diverse books in the classroom

Classroom and library resources from Reading Rockets

Booklists from Reading Rockets

Resources from our sister site, Colorín Colorado

Resources from the National Education Association

Award-winning books

Meg Medina, children's author (Merci Suárez Changes Gears)

See full interview with Meg Medina >

Education professor and author Dr. Rudine Sims Bishop

See full interview with Rudine Sims Bishop >

Authors and literature experts on diversity in children's books

More Read Across America resources

Bookmarks in English and Spanish

These bookmarks look especially great on colored or glossy paper. The English version says, "Reading is a blast on Read Across America Day… and every day!" The Spanish version says, "Today we're going to Read Across America!"

Additional resources

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