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The Big Read

School is out for the summer and if you’re scrambling to figure out what to do with your kids for the next few months, our NEA Big Read grantees have you covered. The best part about the inventive activities and fun crafts that have been inspired by NEA Big Read books is you can pair them with a...
Today we announced 79 NEA Big Read grants totaling more than $1 million to organizations to host projects between September 2018 and June 2019 in 34 states plus Puerto Rico. The grants will bring communities across the country together over the next year to read, celebrate, and connect over great...
What do NEA Big Read author Kevin Young* and current U.S. Poet Laureate, Tracy K. Smith, have in common? Other than being two of today’s most distinguished poets, Smith and Young both emerged onto the literary scene at Harvard University in the early 1990s as original members of an African-American...
"I love language because when it succeeds, for me, it doesn't just tell me something. It enacts something. It creates something. And it goes both ways. Sometimes it's violent. Sometimes it hurts you. And sometimes it saves you." -- Claudia Rankine Did you know Claudia Rankine is one of our NEA Big...
Breaking news! Today is Halloween. OK, not exactly breaking news, but if you’re like the NEA Literature staff, you’ve had your nose stuffed in books for the entire month of October (in our case, the four new titles we’ve added to the NEA Big Read library ) and now you’re scrambling to throw...
As we get ready to kick off our eighth summer of Blue Star Museums , we thought we’d provide a refresher for how to prepare children for art museums, so that they (and you!) can get the most from your visit. In blog posts of yore (see here and here ), we spoke with museum educators to solicit their...
Happy Cinco de Mayo! Whether you’ll be celebrating the holiday by heading to a parade or festival, dancing to Mexican folk music, or whipping up some fresh guacamole, we also think it’s the perfect occasion to put up your feet and delight in a great story by a Mexican writer. Sun, Stone, and...
Next Thursday is Take Your Daughters and Sons to Work Day and it has us thinking about ways the NEA Big Read can engage children. I have a particular fondness for children’s picture books that often fall outside of the mainstream, so I looked over my shelves to see if I could pull out titles that...
‘Tis the season to read poetry and we can’t tell you how excited we are to be celebrating National Poetry Month this spring with three collections of poetry on our NEA Big Read list . Need a good book of poems to sink into under your budding tree of choice? Try Claudia Rankine’s Citizen , winner of...

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