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.

Copies of the print Read Across America calendar may be ordered from our online store, while supplies last.


July 2019 Celebrating a Diverse America

For Middle Grade Readers

Hope in the Holler

By Lisa Lewis Tyre (Nancy Paulsen Books)

After her mother’s death, a scheming aunt whom Wavie has never known moves Wavie to her mama’s childhood home in Conley Holler.

Teach This Book

Reading Is Fundamental support materials

Lisa Lewis Tyre’s website

Q&A with Lisa Lewis Tyre on Live Your Poem with Irene Lantham

Issues of Poverty: Lessons from Teaching Tolerance

A Tour of The Holler by a YouTube contributor

Select images to share from Looking at Appalachia

More Titles to Try

Front Desk by Kelly Yang

The First Rule of Punk by Celia C. Pérez

This Is Just a Test by Madelyn Rosenberg and Wendy Wan-Long Shang

Flying Lessons & Other Stories edited by Ellen Oh

For Teen Readers

Americanized: Rebel Without a Green Card

By Sara Saedi (Knopf)

Understand the hurdles Sara and her family faced to rebuild their lives after fleeing Iran and the anxiety that being an undocumented immigrant added to her awkward teenage years.

Teach This Book

Sara Saedi’s website

Americanized Discussion Guide from Random House Teachers and Librarians

Reading Is Fundamental support materials

More Titles to Try

Fresh Ink: An Anthology by Lamar Giles, Editor

If I Ever Get Out of Here by Eric Gansworth

American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang

Down and Across by Arvin Ahmadi