It’s a New Year, and NEA’s Read Across America has taken a new turn. We’ve gone digital!
To make it super easy for educators and other literature lovers to find books that celebrate a diverse nation of readers, the Read Across America 2018-19 calendar is online.
You can easily find books by age group that represent a diversity of experiences, cultures, and readers. The NEA believes diverse literature enables students to see themselves as the heroes of the story, while also showing them that all kinds of people can be the heroes, too.
The digital calendar provides book suggestions for each month based on a theme. This month’s selection is Do Not Lick this Book, by Idan Ben-Barak and Julian Frost. The book explores January’s theme of hygiene and health by following the adventures of Min, a microbe that “lives” in the book.
Do Not Lick this Book teaches children about germs and how easy it is to pick them up and pass them around.
Each recommendation comes with discussion and writing questions, related resources and books, and ideas for applying the book’s lessons in the classroom. (One fun suggestion for January is to have students put lotion on their hands, sprinkle glitter onto their palms, and spread “germs” by passing objects to each other.)
Many of the titles are available through the First Book Marketplace, where eligible educators, librarians, and others serving students in need can purchase titles at a discount.
If you prefer the print calendar, copies are available from the online store while supplies last.
Happy New Year, and happy reading!