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.

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August 2018 Making New Friends

For Middle Grade Readers

Be Prepared

By Vera Brosgol (First Second)

Vera finally talks her mom into sending her to summer camp, but the Russian Orthodox camp isn’t one that her friends go to.

Teach This Book

A Guide to Using Graphic Novels With Children and Teens from Scholastic

How to Teach Memoir in the Middle Grades from Middle Web

Vera Brosgol’s website

Camping Out with Vera Brosgol: Kirkus interview with Julie Danielson

Off Panel #160: In the Summertime with Vera Brosgol podcast

Reading Is Fundamental support materials

More Titles to Try

Lowji Discovers America by Candace Fleming

It Ain’t So Awful, Falafel by Firoozeh Dumas

Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai

The War Outside by Monica Hesse

For Teen Readers

The Beauty That Remains

By Ashley Woodfolk (Delacorte)

Autumn, Logan, and Shay have each lost someone they loved and seek healing in friendship and music to cope with their individual grief.

Teach This Book

Ashley Woodfolk’s website

Spotify playlist for The Beauty That Remains

Reading Is Fundamental support materials

More Titles to Try

American Street by Ibi Zoboi

Suspect Red by L.M. Elliott

I Am Princess X by Cherie Priest

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys