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.


October 2018 Exploring Your Community

For Middle Grade Readers

This Is Our Constitution: Discover America with a Gold Star Father

By Khizr Khan (Knopf)

Learn more about the Constitution and how to uphold its principles from a citizen who is passionate about his adopted country.

Teach This Book

KidsReads: Khizr Khan biography

PBS News Hour: Khizr Khan’s Brief But Spectacular take on dignity and patriotism

Random House Off the Page: Khizr Khan in conversation with Ben Greenberg

National Archives: Teaching Six Big Ideas in the Constitution

Constitution USA with Peter Sagal from PBS

Resources to engage students in meaningful civic learning from iCivics

Reading Is Fundamental support materials

More Titles to Try

Nothing but the Truth by Avi

Revolution by Deborah Wiles

Zora and Me: The Cursed Ground by T.R. Simon

The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson

For Teen Readers

The 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives

By Dashka Slater (Macmillan)

The true story of an agender teen who was set on fire by another teen while riding a bus in Oakland, California.

Teach This Book

Dashka Slater’s website

KQED Forum podcast: A Tale of Two Oaklands Colliding on ‘The 57 Bus’

The 57 Bus Discussion Guide from Macmillan

Reading Is Fundamental support materials


More Titles to Try

Burn Baby Burn by Meg Medina

Hero Type by Barry Lyga

Trell by Dick Lehr

Dear Martin by Nic Stone

Reading and Literacy in October