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NEA's Read Across America

Read Across Hawaii!

NEA and our affiliate, the Hawaii State Teachers Association, kicked off this year’s “NEA’s Read Across America” program with reading events in Honolulu and Wailuka emphasizing the theme “Celebrating a Nation of Diverse Readers,” with a selection of books featured in the Read Across America resource calendar and poster.

Reading Resources for Every Month of the Year!

NEA’s Read Across America is teaming up with Reading is Fundamental to promote the Read Across America 2017-18 resource calendar. Each month’s book features activities and resources to build on the theme of neighborhood and community.

Celebrating a Nation of Diverse Readers

NEA's Read Across America Resource Calendar 2017-18

screen shot of Read Across America calendar

Bring the celebration of reading and literacy into your classroom and school all year long and celebrate the 20th anniversary of NEA’s Read Across America! The 2017-18 resource calendar is now available. Order yours today! Quantities are limited. 

The 2017-18 Read Across America Resource Calendar is a benefit of NEA membership. NEA members may order up to 20 calendars by visiting the Read Across America store.

Click here to request your calendars

United Through Reading’s 40 Million Stories Campaign

Deployments and separation continue to be a reality for military families. Children have an estimated 180 nights without their parent at home for bedtime stories. That’s 40 million stories missed each year by military children. NEA is partnering with United Through Reading to connect military families to the read-aloud experience. We believe that every military child deserves a bedtime story. Find out how you can help!

Read Across America's 20th Anniversary Celebration: Watch The Video!

Read Across America's 20th Anniversary Celebration in Pictures

NEA VP Becky Pringle celebrates the 20th anniversary of NEAs Read Across America Day in San Antonio, TX with the TSTA!

Our Read Across America Online Store is Open!

Grab all your RAA materials at our online store!

Visit to purchase stickers, bookmarks, pencils, mugs, hats & more. We've got all you need to create a memorable RAA celebration. 

Remembering 20 Years of Celebrity Readers

LeVar Burton at Read Across America event

Sports stars, musicians, actors...many celebrity readers have joined us over the years to celebrate NEA's Read Across America. How many can you remember? Take our quiz and find out!

Award-Winning Graphic Novelist Encourages Kids to Read Outside Comfort Zones

Gene Luen Yang, a graphic novelist, cartoonist, and author – was recently named the eighth National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature for 2016 by the Children’s Book Council, Every Child a Reader (ECAR), and the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. NEA Today spoke with Yang, who also taught high school computer science for 17 years in Oakland, California, about his new appointment and his plans to help promote diversity in children’s literature. >>Read the article

What Books Should Your Students Read Next?

We asked NEA members nationwide to share with us those titles that are used by educators and loved by students. >>Read more


Don't Forget to Take the Pledge!

How will you help create a nation of readers? Take the Read Across Pledge, and tell us your plans for celebrating Read Across America Day. We’ll publish them, so others can be inspired by your event.

About NEA’s Read Across America

The National Education Association is building a nation of readers through its signature program, NEA’s Read Across America. Now in its 20th year, this year-round program focuses on motivating children and teens to read through events, partnerships, and reading resources.

"You're never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read with a child."


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

California ESPs Cook Up Some Read Across Food for Thought:




Reading Rockets offers a wealth of research-based resources designed to launch young readers. It's for parents, teachers, and other educators in helping struggling readers build fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension skills.

Coming this year...

American Education Week
November 13-17, 2017

Coming in 2018...

NEA's Read Across America Day
Friday, March 2, 2018

National Teacher Day
May 8, 2018

National Teacher Appreciation Week
May 7-11, 2018