We encourage reading throughout the whole year, but did you know that March 2nd is national Read Across America day? You might be asking, “but what does that mean?”
Read Across America was founded in 1998 by the National Education Association to promote and motivate “children and teens to read through events, partnerships, and reading resources that are about everyone, for everyone.” This year-long promotion is the nation’s largest celebration of reading! Because “readers who feel included, recognized, and a part of the world are engaged readers,” Read Across America has a specific goal of promoting reading by striving for inclusivity - by promoting diverse authors and characters so that everyone has a chance to see themselves represented in literature.
Read Across America shares many different ways to celebrate reading:
- Book clubs - In my opinion, the best way to encourage reading is to talk about it! Share what you’re reading with others, compare it to your own experiences, and create a love of reading through socializing with your peers (the library offers Books on Tap for our adult patrons, and a virtual book club through Discord for our teen patrons).
- Events & programs - Check out our storytimes and other youth programs!
- Sharing resources - Browse our catalog to see our diverse collection!
- Literacy tips - There are many ways parents and caregivers can keep literacy practice going at home!
- Recommended Reads - Read Across America shares monthly recommended reads (one picture book, one middle grade book, and one YA book). The staff here at the Cape Girardeau Public Library also share our recommended reads!
Here are some of Read Across America’s reading recommendations you can find at the Cape Girardeau Public Library:
This picture book follows one color's journey throughout history -- from ancient Afghan painters to 1905, when a chemical blue dye was created -- and around the world, as it becomes the blue we know today.
A high-seas adventure set in a Thai-inspired fantasy world. This is the story of a young woman's struggle to unburden herself of the past and chart her own destiny in a world of secrets. As assistant to Mangkon's most celebrated mapmaker, twelve-year-old Sai plays the part of a well-bred young lady with a glittering future. In reality, her father is a conman - and in a kingdom where the status of one's ancestors dictates their social position, the truth could ruin her. Sai seizes the chance to join an expedition to chart the southern seas, but she isn't the only one aboard with secrets. When Sai learns that the ship might be heading for the fabled Sunderlands - a land of dragons, dangers, and riches beyond imagining - she must weigh the cost of her dreams. Vivid, suspenseful, and thought-provoking, this tale of identity and integrity is as intricate as the maps of old.
Lahore, Pakistan. Then. Misbah is a dreamer and storyteller, newly married to Toufiq in an arranged match. After their young life is shaken by tragedy, they come to the United States and open the Clouds' Rest Inn Motel, hoping for a new start. Juniper, California. Now. Salahudin and Noor are more than best friends; they are family. Growing up as outcasts in the small desert town of Juniper, California, they understand each other the way no one else does. Until The Fight, which destroys their bond with the swift fury of a star exploding. Now, Sal scrambles to run the family motel as his mother Misbah's health fails and his grieving father loses himself to alcoholism. Noor, meanwhile, walks a harrowing tightrope: working at her wrathful uncle's liquor store while hiding the fact that she's applying to college so she can escape him--and Juniper--forever. When Sal's attempts to save the motel spiral out of control, he and Noor must ask themselves what friendship is worth--and what it takes to defeat the monsters in their pasts and the ones in their midst. From one of today's most cherished and bestselling young adult authors comes a breathtaking novel of young love, old regrets, and forgiveness--one that's both tragic and poignant in its tender ferocity.
In August 1965, twelve-year-old Eden's older cousin from Mississippi comes to visit her in Los Angeles, and while the Watts Riots erupt around them, they continue their investigation of the disappearance of Winter's father ten years ago.
Karthik Raghavan is good at remembering things. Like his bike routes. Or all the reasons he likes Juhi Shah—even if she doesn’t even know he exists. It doesn't help that she seems to have a crush on his arch nemesis, Jacob Donnell, whose only job is to humiliate Karthik (and get his name wrong). Then Karthik's luck changes when he secretly agrees to be in a play about the famous musician, Leonard Bernstein. But he can't tell his parents. The family store is in jeopardy, and they need him delivering groceries on his bike to help save it. His mom is also worried about the Financial Crisis, and she's convinced that studying hard and staying focused is the only way to succeed. But Karthik is having fun being Lenny. Besides, what if acting is Karthik’s special talent? And what if acting is the one way to catch Juhi Shah’s attention? With all the pressure from his family to succeed, will Karthik be able to really imagine and hope when he’s not sure what will happen next?