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The Big Read

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...
April is National Poetry Month, a time when tens of millions of readers, students, teachers, librarians, booksellers, presenters, publishers, bloggers, and poets celebrate poetry and its importance in our culture and our lives. They do this in all sorts of ways—from reading and sharing poems, to...
We bet you won’t be able to help but be inspired by this collection of Cynthia Ozick quotes!
Daylight Savings Time is upon us! Preparing to move our clocks forward has us thinking about Emily St. John Mandel’s Station Eleven, one of the selections in the NEA Big Read library . The novel moves the clock forward as well, only in this case it’s 20 years into the future after a flu pandemic...
Take a look inside the creative mind of NEA Big Read author Marilynne Robinson with this collection of quotes.
Check out these notable quotes from Harlem Renaissance writers like NEA Big Read author Zora Neale Hurston.
Have you ever fallen in love with a book, not only because of its compelling storyline or because you’ve become deeply invested in the fate of the characters, but also because it’s just so well crafted? When I finished reading the NEA Big Read selection, Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng, I...
Take this quiz that reveals fun facts about our NEA Big Read authors!
Can you guess these NEA Big Read titles from sounds that are prominent in each book?

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