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.


May 2019 Inspiring Curiosity

For Middle Grade Readers

Aru Shah and the End of Time

By Roshani Chokshi (Disney)

Launched into the world of Hindu gods, Aru faces the Sleeper demon from the Lamp of Bharata—in her Spider-Man pajamas.

Teach This Book

Roshani Chokshi’s website

Rick Riordan Interviews Roshani Chokshi

Educator’s Guide from Disney Hyperion

The Mahabharata: An introduction to the epic poem of ancient India from Asia Society Kids

Crash Course World Mythology: Indian Pantheons

Reading Is Fundamental support materials

More Titles to Try

Out of Wonder by Kwame Alexander

Zoe in Wonderland by Brenda Woods

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente

The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm

For Teen Readers

A Land of Permanent Goodbyes

By Atia Abawi (Philomel)

After a horrific bombing, Tareq must travel with his father and one surviving younger sister, Susan, from war-torn Syria to Turkey to Greece.

Teach This Book

Atia Abawi’s website

Teacher’s Tool For Navigation and Discussion Questions from Unleashing Readers

Reading Is Fundamental teaching resources

More Titles to Try

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

A Face Like Glass by Frances Hardinge

Midnight at the Electric by Jodi Lynn Anderson

Charles and Emma: The Darwins’ Leap of Faith by Deborah Heiligman

Reading and Literacy in May