R ead Across America Day is fast approaching. No matter how your school plans to celebrate — whether it’s by participating
in “Drop Everything And Read” activities, inviting
guest readers in to share a children’s book, or having
educators and students dress up as their favorite
characters — the information featured in the NEA
Read Across America 2018-2019 calendar can help.
The theme of this year’s RAA Day, which
will be marked nationwide on Friday, March 1, is
“celebrating a nation of diverse readers.”
The calendar, available online and in hard copy,
offers dozens of suggested book titles, resources and
related activities that open up discussions on a range
of topics and help students with social and emotional
learning. The calendar and an accompanying
poster also provide monthly resources to engage
students, differentiate instruction, and inspire further
exploration of the themes presented in each of the
In February, the featured book is Midnight
Teacher: Lilly Ann Granderson and her Secret
School. This book, about a pioneering educator who
was born a slave and risked her life to teach others,
serves as a jumping-off point for Black History
Month and discussions about slavery, bravery and
the importance of education.
In March, the featured book is Malala’s Magic
Pencil. In Pakistan, Malala makes a wish for a magic
pencil that can erase the smell of garbage and let
her sleep longer each morning. As she grows older,
Malala sees a world that needs fixing, and her wishes
for a magic pencil expand as she matures. The book
opens up questions about social justice, empathy,
speaking up for oneself and others and the meaning
Through a partnership between the NEA
Foundation and First Book, many of the books in
the Read Across America calendar can be provided
to educators in qualifying schools at reduced cost.
Eligible educators, librarians, program leaders and
others educating children in need can sign up at
The 2018-19 Read Across America resource
calendar and poster are benefits of NEA
membership. NEA members may order up to five
calendars for free. Postage and shipping are not
included. To order, visit the Read Across America
Online Store at raastore.com. To view the online
calendar and accompanying resources, visit
Through a partnership
between the NEA
Foundation and First
Book, many of the
books in the Read
calendar can be
provided to educators
in qualifying schools
at reduced cost.
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