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Read Across America by Month Archives

Celebrate reading all year long with NEA's "Read Across America By Month" archives. Find books and discussions covering cultural events, holidays, and other themes for each month of the calendar year.

Read Across America in October 2017
Family stories are a gift to each generation. Making and sharing stories help kids discover who they are. Use books to help students appreciate multiple viewpoints on cultural and historical events and explore their own cultural heritage and identity.

Read Across America in September 2017
Celebrate the richness of Hispanic culture! Share books and learning opportunities that provide valuable insight into the history of Hispanic heritage and get students thinking about the many contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans.

Read Across America in August 2017
Use books to start the conversation about the strengths and challenges of living in a culturally diverse society and to inspire students to support multiculturalism by raising their own voices or amplifying those voices that need help to be heard.

Read Across America in July 2017
A little extra encouragement to pay attention to their surroundings can help provide rich fodder to a young imagination. Offer more opportunities for kids to look, imagine and think!

Read Across America in June 2017
Passion brings energy, grows confidence, and inspires persistence. Kids need time and opportunities to explore their interests and learn what they are passionate about. Books and stories can help kids understand the benefits of having a passion and spark new interests and excitement about the world.

Read Across America in May 2017
Explore the rich history, culture, and literary works of Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans. Celebrate the stories of major figures and learn more about the contributions of everyday men, women,

Read Across America in April 2017
Bring people and poetry together during April and enjoy the month-long celebration of poetry founded by the Academy of American Poets. Plant the seeds for poetry love with poetry-reading parties, poetry slams or poetry walls in April and look forward to year-round, life-long reading of poetry!

Read Across America in March 2017
Launched in 1998 by NEA, Read Across America is the nation’s largest celebration of reading, focusing coast-to-coast attention on the importance and the joys of reading! Commemorate the 20th anniversary with your own adaptation of these awesome archived activities from Read Across America celebrations of years past.

Read Across America in February 2017
Honor the contributions of African Americans to the history, culture, and education of the United States during Black History Month.

Read Across America in January 2017
Place students, their family histories, experiences at the center of the learning process and help them learn from their own heritage.

Read Across America in December 2016
Set a harmonious tone in your classroom this month with books about music.

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Download the Read Across America 2017 Recommended Books Poster here (PDF).

Download the 2017-18 Read Across America Resource Calendar and Poster!



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Coming in 2018...

National Teacher Day
May 8, 2018

National Teacher Appreciation Week
May 7-11, 2018

American Education Week
November 12-16, 2018

Coming in 2019...

NEA's Read Across America Day
Friday, March 1, 2019