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Celebrating a Nation of Diverse Readers

NEA's Read Across America Online Resource Calendar

Bring the celebration of reading and literacy into your classroom, library, and school all year long and celebrate NEA’s Read Across America program!

Use our Read Across America digital calendar to plan ahead for special celebrations and observances throughout the school year. Each month, we offer suggested books for readers of all levels, plus activities, and resources to help you create fun, exciting learning experiences around them.

Many of the books in this year’s calendar are available to educators at a reduced cost from our partner First Book. Visit the First Book Marketplace to find books that will help your students see themselves and their experiences in the books they read.

The 2018-19 Read Across America Resource Calendar is a benefit of NEA membership. NEA members may order up to 5 print calendars each online while supplies last by visiting the Read Across America Online Store. Postage and shipping not included.

Why Diverse Books Are So Important

Reading Resources for Every Month of the Year!

Reading Is Fundamental is proud to partner with National Education Association to promote the Read Across America 2018-19 calendar. Celebrate and grow a community of readers with carefully selected titles and activities for each month. These books drive home the message the people, with their diverse interest and backgrounds, are what make our communities across the country special and strong. Each month’s book features activities and resources to build on the theme of neighborhood and community.

NEAToday: Inside the World of Reading

  • Educator Brings The Lessons of ‘Wonder’ to Life
    Best-selling book's message of acceptance and kindness inspires Vermont teacher Drazin to create a presentation for schools to raise awareness about disabilities and creating a culture of acceptance.
  • Better Read than Dead: New Young Adult Book Dives into McCarthyism
    he year is 1953, during the nation’s Second Red Scare, when thousands of Americans were accused of being communists, Elliott’s story is told through the eyes of two teenage boys, Richard and Vladimir. Recently, Elliott sat down with NEA Today to talk about the book and how the lessons of McCarthyism are relevant to today’s middle schoolers.
  • Want Diversity, Hope and Healing? Open a book.
    A roundup of 2017 best diverse books for students.
  • Reinvented School Libraries Unleash Student Creativity
    No longer zones of silence, school libraries are now bustling hubs of student social activity that enhance learning and nurture imaginations.
  • The Library Lifecycle
    From young children at story hour to retirees learning second career job skills, the library “ecosystem” serves the needs of our community members throughout their lives.
  • Not Your Grandfather’s School Library
    “Walking into a school library can be like walking into Willy Wonka’s factory—just about anything could be going on inside those doors and it’s often amazing and sweet,” says McLean County, Illinois, school librarian Michelle Gattley.

Purchase RAA Books at Reduced Rates!

Read Across America is proud to partner with First Book to offer books featured in our 2018-19 calendar at reduced rates to educators who serve kids in need. You can order your books here.


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Click here to download the 2018-19 Read Across America Resource Calendar and Poster!

NEA's Read Across America: Building a Nation of Readers

NEA's Read Across America: Watch the 2017 highlights!

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November 16-20, 2020

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