5 Books to Celebrate Read Across America with Your Family



Get your eyeballs and imaginations ready! 

March 2, 2018, is Read Across America Day, the National Education Association’s (NEA) annual celebration that kicks off a month-long push to rally kids from all corners of America to read, read, read. This year, the NEA is especially spotlighting the importance of reading books focused on diversity.  

To help you and your family jump in the diverse book reading commotion, our ReadNYC team has curated a booklist just for you!  

These titles—straight from our ReadNYC program’s curriculum and suitable for kindergarten through second grade students—are especially awesome because they’re culturally relevant or responsive. This means they celebrate the rich diversity of kids—the characters and plots empower kids to see themselves in what they’re reading. These books not only aim to help kids understand their uniqueness but also encourage them to embrace cultural differences and build communities. Pretty cool, right?

With that, here are our ReadNYC team's 5 picks! Click on the title for info on where you may find them at your local New York Public Library.


Yo! Yes? 

Author: Chris Raschka   
Age: Kindergarten (a great book to read aloud)  

A vibrant book about making new friends.  

Looking Like Me 

Author: Walter Dean Myers and Christopher Myers
Age: First Grade (another awesome book to read aloud)

This colorful picture book, told by young narrator Jeremy, revels in the countless qualities that make every person a very unique and special you.


Author: Ann Morris  
Age: First Grade (a good book for independent reading)

This nonfiction book explores all types of families from all over the world.    


Mango, Abuela, and Me 

Author: Meg Medina  
Age: Second Grade (an amazing book to read aloud)

A beautiful story about a grandmother and granddaughter’s love and discovering a creative way to communicate.

Donavan’s Word Jar 

Author: Monalisa DeGross   
Age: Second Grade (a terrific book for independent reading)

A wonderful story about one boy’s love of words.