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.


September 2018 Introducing Different Cultures and Languages through Name Stories

For Middle Grade Readers

Stella Díaz Has Something to Say

By Angela Dominguez (Roaring Brook Press)

Shy Stella loves marine animals but worries about finding the right words to make a presentation about them to her third-grade class.

Teach This Book

Angela Dominguez’s website

Ready Set Draw! Author/Illustrator Angela Dominguez Draws! from KidLit TV

Chicago Public Library: Author of the Month Angela Dominguez

Let the Hot Air Out of Bullies!: An Activity for Kids from Teaching Tolerance

Identity-Based Bullying: Lesson Plan from the Anti-Defamation League

Reading Is Fundamental support materials

More Titles to Try

When My Name Was Keoko by Linda Sue Park

Marcus Vega Doesn’t Speak Spanish by Pablo Cartaya

Ghost by Jason Reynolds

The Sweetest Sound by Sherri Winston

For Teen Readers

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter

by Erika L. Sánchez (Knopf Books for Young Readers)

After the death of her dutiful older sister, Olga, rebellious Julia deals with her family’s grief and the discovery of her sister’s secret double life.

Teach This Book

Reading Is Fundamental support materials

Erika L. Sánchez’s website

Chicago Humanities Festival interview with Erika L. Sánchez

More Titles to Try

My Name Is Not Easy by Debby Dahl Edwardson

A Name Earned by Tim Tingle

Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan

Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli

Reading and Literacy in September