One of my favorite literacy events every year is Read Across America. This wonderful event is sponsored by the NEA and as share on their website,
Every spring we celebrate Read Across America and finds lots of meaningful ways to celebrate literacy all year long.
If you haven't visited NEA's Read Across America website lately, you are in for a wonderful surprise as it has a new look with lots of amazing resources available to all of us. I want to show you a few of these in this post.
Read Across America Calendar. This yearly calendar has a special calendar for each month,
For example, in September the theme was Spread Hope and Possibilities so the books of the month for Elementary, Middle School and Teen (found at the top of this page) tie into that theme.
When you click on Teach This Book,
related teaching topics and more titles to try.
If you click on the highlighted words in each event, it will take you to...
...information and the site about the specific event. For example, check out this United States event, International Literacy Day.
You will find that here.
In addition to the Read Across America Calendar, there are lots of other awesome resources included on the site. You will find....
...Tools and Resources that bring tips for readers to recommended books that showcase diversity and help us create passionate readers.
Under the Plan a Read Across America Event tab, you will find ideas, tips, the RAE Promotional Event, free books, logos and art.
There are also resources under the About Read Across America tab from the NEA to support not only this event in March, but literacy in our schools and communities all year long.
And the last tab, let's browse titles by age and topics bringing us to an important and impactful collection of diverse books for all ages. You will find it here.
As you explore this site and take in all of the amazing resources, please visit this article as it shares how NEA's Read Across America Rebrands With New Mission and the new focus on books that tell children of color of of different gender identities that they belong in the world and the world belongs to them.
That is what every one of us want for our students, libraries and communities and we thank the NEA and Read Across America for helping us get to this place where we can all make a difference.