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.


January 2019 Hygiene and Health

For Middle Grade Readers

Marley Dias Gets It Done (And So Can You!)

By Marley Dias (Scholastic)

Explore activism, social justice, volunteerism, equity, inclusion, and how to use social media for good while "keeping it real" with Marley.

Teach This Book

Marley Dias’ Inspirational Goal to Collect Books About Girls of Color by Jacqueline Woodson

Teen activist and author Marley Dias on CBS This Morning

1000 Black Girl Books Resource Guide created from the #1000blackgirlbooks campaign led by Marley Dias

Marley Dias: The 13-Year-Old Activist & Author: article, paired texts, related media and guides from CommonLit

Reading Is Fundamental support materials

More Titles to Try

Falling Over Sideways by Jordan Sonnenblick

The Science of Breakable Things by Tae Keller

Courage for Beginners by Karen Harrington

Seedfolks by Paul Fleischman

For Teen Readers

Children of Blood and Bone

By Tomi Adeyemi (Henry Holt/Macmillan)

While ruthlessly pursued by Prince Inan, Zélie, her older brother Tzain, and rogue Princess Amari, fight to restore magic to the land and activate a new generation of magi.

Teach This Book

Tomi Adeyemi’s website

Teacher’s Guide for Children of Blood and Bone from Macmillan

Reading Is Fundamental support materials

More Titles to Try

The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton

Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson

Gabi, a Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero

Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes by Chris Crutcher

Reading and Literacy in January