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

Just Ask! Be Different, Be Brave, Be You / ¡Solo pregunta! Sé Diferente, Sé Valiente, Sé Tú

by Sonia Sotomayor; illustrated by Rafael López

As kids with different disabilities create a garden together, they share that it's okay to be different and that it’s okay to ask about those differences.

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More September selections

9 (Socially Distanced) Ways to Celebrate Read Across America

From virtual "mystery readers" to StoryWalks that exercise kids' bodies as well as their minds, we've got lots of ideas for celebrating safely.

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book of poetry

The Calming Effect of Poetry in Uncertain Times

April is National Poetry Month – a perfect time to rediscover how poems can help adults and children alike manage stress.

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Read Out Loud with KidLit TV

Shake up story time 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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