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.


March 2019 Finding Your Voice

For Middle Grade Readers

The Night Diary

by Veera Hiranandani (Dial)

In her diary, Nisha writes letters to her late mother about having to leave their home after the partition of India creates the country of Pakistan.

Teach This Book

Veera Hiranandani’s website

An in-depth interview with Veera Hiranandani and her editor Namrata Tripathi from Penguin Middle School

Penguin School & Library Marketing Educator’s Guide

Partition of India: My memories from Witness, a World Service radio programme

The Religions of South Asia from The Asia Society

Reading Is Fundamental support materials

More Titles to Try

The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights by Steve Sheinkin

Book Uncle and Me by Uma Krishnaswami

March by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell

Property of the Rebel Librarian by Allison Varnes

For Teen Readers

For Every One

By Jason Reynolds (Caitlyn Dlouhy/Atheneum)

Everyone has a dream—and this poem is reminder to all the dreamers that their dreams matter.

Teach This Book

Reading Is Fundamental support materials

Jason Reynolds’ website

Interview with Jason Reynolds on Sirius XM Make It Plain

More Titles to Try

Rad Women Worldwide by Kate Schatz

Warriors Don’t Cry by Melba Pattillo Beal

Glimmer of Hope: How Tragedy Sparked a Movement by the Founders of March for Our Lives

A Time to Dance by Padma Venkatraman

Reading and Literacy in March