National Reading Month 2024

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Read Across America

Read Across America Day 2024

“When we take time to read to children, they learn to make reading a part of their daily lives,” PSEA President Aaron Chapin said. “Every day, educators across Pennsylvania use books to introduce children to new worlds and new ways of thinking. Today we celebrate the gift of a great book.”

Reading just a little bit each day adds up over the course of time, benefitting kids as they grow.

Studies have shown that reading reduces stress, and that reading just 20 minutes a day adds up to reading 1.8 million words per year. It’s also the fastest way for children to grow their vocabulary. Children learn an estimated 4,000 to 12,000 words every year from reading.

Read Across America author talk

Listen to a discussion from four YA authors about the importance of diversity, inclusion, and representation in youth literature ⬇️

NEA Tips to celebrate Read Across American today and every day

All Kinds of Ways to Play with Stories to Celebrate NEA’s Read Across America is a new toolkit with resources to help create space for storytelling of all kinds to be shared out loud, from oral history to personal stories to spoken-word poetry.

14 Big Ideas for Celebrating NEA’s Read Across America includes activities to bring the joys of reading to students of all ages, and make all children feel safe, valued, and welcome.

Book Club Basics is new toolkit to help bring conversations about books to the classroom or community. Read Across America Day is a great time to launch a new book club!

9 Ideas for (Virtually) Celebrating NEA’s Read Across America has suggestions for celebrating outside or taking advantage of technology to motivate readers.

It is more important than ever to connect kids to stories that offer different perspectives and help them to see how others think and feel. As Read Across America Ambassador Marley Dias says, “When we hear each other’s stories, our understanding of each other grows.”

Find more resources

Find event ideas, suggested social media posts, videos and more at NEA's Read Across America web page.

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