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Read Across New Mexico

It is more important than ever to connect kids to stories that offer different perspectives and help them to see how others think and feel.
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“When we hear each other’s stories, our understanding of each other grows.” - Marley Dias, Read Across America Ambassador 

The Read Across New Mexico program is a collaboration between NEA-NM, the NM Public Education Department, and the NM Early Childhood Education and Care Department aiming to promote the NEA Read Across America theme of “Celebrating a Nation of Diverse Readers” by highlighting the importance of diverse, linguistically and culturally responsive books and literacy activities for young students in early childhood education (ECE) programs across New Mexico. 

This program also aims to expand and improve our state’s ECE programs by showcasing the positive impact of ECE programs on young students, their families, and their communities.

This year’s featured book is Fry Bread, written by Kevin Noble Maillard and illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal. Get your own copy today! book offered at no cost for members; $5 for non members (includes tax). 


NEA-NM’s Read Across New Mexico program offered four schools, across the state, Read Across New Mexico “event toolkits” that included books for every student in that school’s ECE program, as well as one book for each ECE classroom and for the school’s library, plus materials and supplies for literacy-based activities, activity guides, templates for promotional materials, and more.

Read Across New Mexico Resources

Read-aloud with NMPED Secretary Dr. Kurt Steinhaus!

Secretary Steinhaus visited Zoe Gierman’s second grade classroom at Wood Gormley Elementary School in Santa Fe to read Fry Bread to her class.