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When it comes to deciding what books to share with the readers in your life, there is so much to choose from! NEA is here to help you discover terrific titles to read aloud to engage and inspire your students.

In addition to taking advantage of these booklists, NEA recommends that you seek out your school librarian or the children’s librarian at your local public library. Librarians work incredibly hard to keep up with what’s new and awesome in children’s literature. Ask them for recommendations, especially for great books to read aloud.

Booklists from NEA

Try sharing these titles to spread the joy and love of reading on Read Across America Day or on any day of the year!

  • 20 Great Titles to Read Aloud
    Celebrate the 20th anniversary of NEA’s Read Across America with this annotated list of 20 great read-aloud titles that include suggestions for use in a read-aloud setting.
  • 50 State Booklist
    Read Across America has made travelling the U.S. by book a popular pastime! Featured here are books that take place in our 50 states and DC. Use the list to challenge kids to read a book from every state.
  • Dr. Seuss and His Many Hats
    You'll find titles in this list that Dr. Seuss wrote and illustrated, that he wrote but didn't illustrate, and books about the man who was Dr. Seuss.
  • What Books Should Your Students Read Next?
    Educators recommend their favorite books for students.

Books for Celebrating a Diverse Nation of Readers

Use these lists from NEA and Colorín Colorado year round to connect children and their families to diverse books, languages, and cultures:

African American Booklist

Asian Pacific American Booklist

Hispanic Heritage

LGBTQ Recommended Reading

Native American Booklist

Spanish/English Bilingual Booklist

Books for Kids Representing Cultural Diversity

Booklists from Other Great Sources

Turn to these trusted organizations for recommendations and advice on the best in children's literature:

Books by Theme for Elementary-Age Children, Reading Rockets

Award-Winning and Notable Children's Books, American Library Association

50 Multicultural Books Every Child Should Read, Cooperative Children's Book Center

Great Reads Recommended by Authors and Illustrators, The National Children's Book and Literacy Alliance

Blast from the Past Booklists

Twenty years of NEA's Read Across America means a lot of favorite books get read again and again! See which of these favorites are still on your reading list:

Teacher's Top 100 Books for Children

Kids' Top 100 Books

Celebrity Book Pics

Authors' Favorite Booklist




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

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



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 in 2020-21...


American Education Week
November 16-20, 2020

NEA's Read Across America Day
Tuesday, March 2, 2021

National Teacher Day
May 4, 2021

National Teacher Appreciation Week
May 3 - 7, 2021