Welcome to NEA’s Read Across America

Join us as we celebrate a nation of diverse readers with these recommended books, authors, and teaching resources that represent an array of experiences and cultures.

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Book of the Month

The Book Tree

By Paul Czajak; illustrated by Rashin Kheiriyeh

After the mayor declares books dangerous and rips up every book in town, a young boy named Arlo discovers how to grow them.

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More March selections

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Matthew A. Cherry Celebrates Read Across America

Academy Award winner and author of Hair Love, Matthew A. Cherry shares why books are powerful to teach tolerance and acceptance. Join us for Read Across America as we create a nation of diverse readers!

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Books to Support Nonbinary and Transgender Youth

Join NEA President Lily Eskelsen García and Human Rights Campaign President Alphonso David Jazz as they read Read Across America recommended books Julian is a  Mermaid and I am Jazz to celebrate the Jazz and Friends National Day of School and Community Reading.

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Read Out Loud with KidLit TV

Bring authors’ voices into the classroom with these featured videos from Read Across America partner KidLit TV, a diverse group of parents, educators, librarians, kid lit creators, and award-winning filmmakers working together to create fun new ways to reinforce children’s appreciation of reading.

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