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

Freedom Soup

by Tami Charles; illustrated by Jacqueline Alcántara

A grandmother teaches her granddaughter to make their traditional New Year’s soup and shares the story of Haitian independence.

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More January selections

Torrey Maldonado

Why We Need Diverse Books

For Black and brown students, who are often stereotyped or overlooked in popular culture, it’s personally validating and academically engaging to see themselves reflected on the pages. It’s equally important for white children that these books serve as “windows” into the experiences of children of color.

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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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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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