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.

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November 2018 Defining Oneself through “I Am” Poems

For Middle Grade Readers

Us, in Progress: Short Stories About Young Latinos

By Lulu Delacre (HarperCollins)

Short stories drawn from true accounts offer moving portraits of the hardships and victories of the diverse Latinos who live in the United States.

Teach This Book

T.A.P. in to the Book: Story connections for each story in US, in Progress

Tougher Times For Latino Students? History Says They’ve Never Had It Easy from NPR

Latino Americans from PBS Learning Media

Reading Is Fundamental support materials

Lulu Delacre’s website

A video interview with Lulu Delacre from Reading Rockets

More Titles to Try

In the Footsteps of Crazy Horse by Joseph Marshall

Talking Leaves by Joseph Bruchac

Hidden Figures Young Reader’s Edition by Margot Lee Shetterly

Under the Mesquite by Guadalupe Garcia McCall

Zlata’s Diary: A Child’s Life in Wartime Sarajevo by Zlata Filipovic

For Teen Readers

#NotYourPrincess: Voices of Native American Women

Edited by Lisa Charleyboy and Mary Beth Leatherdale (Annick Press)

The experience of being a Native American woman is vividly illustrated in poems, essays, interviews, photographs, and art.

Teach This Book

Co-editors Lisa Charleyboy and Mary Beth Leatherdale on Dreaming In Indian video from Annick Press

Native American Cultures Across the U.S. lessons and resources from EDSITEment

Reading Is Fundamental teaching resources

More Titles to Try

Dreaming in Indian: Contemporary Native American Voices edited by Lisa Charleyboy and Mary Beth Leatherdale

Code Talker: The First and Only Memoir by One of the Original Navajo Code Talkers of WWII

by Chester Nez

How Dare the Sun Rise: Memoirs of a War Child by Sandra Uwiringiyimana

Soldier Boy by Keely Hutton

The Librarian of Auschwitz by Antonio Iturbe

Reading and Literacy in November