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

In our diverse and complex society, students need books that provide both windows and mirrors if we are going to create more readers, writers, and people who feel included and recognized, and who understand that the world is far richer than just their experiences alone. We know it is challenging to find the time to seek out new books to share, let alone create fun, exciting learning experiences around them. We hope you’ll find the books and resources we’ve provided here and online can blend effectively into existing classroom activities and units of study.

To help you share our recommended titles with students, many of them are available through the First Book Marketplace. Eligible educators, librarians, program leaders, and others serving children in need can sign up to purchase titles at a discount.

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April 2019 Animals

For Middle Grade Readers


By Cynthia Kadohata (Caitlyn Dlouhy/Atheneum)

When his Doberman Sinbad is diagnosed with cancer, Conor gives up some of his hockey lessons to help pay for Sinbad’s treatment.

Teach This Book

Cynthia Kadohata’s website

The Amazon Book Review: Talking to National-Book-Award Winner Cynthia Kadohata About “Checked”

Simon & Schuster’s Curriculum Guide

Passion & Purpose: Activities and Resources from InspirED

The Hockey Writers: Hockey 101: A Beginner’s Guide to Ice Hockey

Reading Is Fundamental support materials

More Titles to Try

The Beauty of the Beast: Poems from the Animal Kingdom by Jack Prelutsky

My Life with the Chimpanzees by Jane Goodall

What Elephants Know by Eric Dinerstein

The Turtle of Oman Naomi Shihab Nye

For Teen Readers

The Epic Crush of Genie Lo

By F.C. Yee (Amulet Books)

Harvard-hopeful Genie meets Quentin and is distracted by his good looks and his insistence that she has supernatural powers that she must use to help him fight demons.

Teach This Book

USA Today Happy Every After interview with F.C. Yee

Monkey by Cheng’en Wu; translated by Arthur Waley

The Journey to the West translated and edited by Anthony C. Yu

Reading Is Fundamental support materials

More Titles to Try

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by T.S. Eliot

Life of Pi by Yann Martel

The Good Good Pig: The Extraordinary Life of Christopher Hogwood by Sy Montgomery

Reading and Literacy in April