Did you know that March 2nd is Read Across America Day? It’s a day each year where we get to celebrate our favorite library activity… READING! And it’s the biggest celebration of reading in the country! And the entire month of March is National Reading Month!

Launched in 1998 by the National Education Association (or the NEA) and guided by a committee of educators, Read Across America’s mission is to feature titles and resources where children can see themselves reflected in, as well as allow them to see a world or characters that may be different from them.

Just like with adults, it’s important for readers of all ages to connect to the books they are reading. Being able to feel included, recognized, and a part of that world enhances the reading experience… and is just plain fun!

So how can YOU celebrate Read Across America Day and National Reading Month? By reading, of course! Read Across America has curated booklists that feature diverse authors and characters. You can find their “Book Love for National Reading Month” booklist here. Or check out their “Diverse Books with Trailblazing Women” booklist that celebrates National Reading Month and Women’s History Month here. You can find additional reading resources, prior month’s recommended books, and activities by visiting the official 2021-2022 NEA calendar here!

Need some more suggestions? You’ve come to the right place! Check out these amazing books featuring diverse stories today!

Picture Books

Early Readers, Chapter Books, and Graphic Novels

Young Adult