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"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...
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...

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