12 Books to Read instead of Dr. Suess for Read Across America Week

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This week is Read Across America Week and today is Read Across America Day! It used to be called Dr. Suess Week but…the man was a racist. He made offensive racist cartoon drawings of black people and other people of color. He was very problematic so much so that they changed the name from Dr. Suess Week to Read Across America week. Here’s the problem: all of the activities and books read during that week, especially in schools, are themed off of his books. So on the surface it looks like they made a huge change and a shift but in reality, they didn’t.

According to National Today: Read Across America Day is more so a reading program, which calls upon everyone to read and engage with children to make reading a more fun and interactive experience. From the time when the building blocks of our character are laid, to adulthood when we seek to escape from the humdrum of daily life in the pages of a book, reading plays an integral role in shaping us into who we are. With the advent of smartphones and tablets, it is more essential than ever to motivate children to read

So what’s a teacher (or parent/guardian) to do? Read different books. Don’t read his books to celebrate the racist guy. Read picture books by BIPOC authors! Celebrate those voices instead of Dr. Suess.

Below will be a list of suggestions. These are books that feature BIPOC characters and a disability:

What books are you reading for Read Across America week?

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Nessa D.

2 responses to “12 Books to Read instead of Dr. Suess for Read Across America Week”

  1. Thanks for this post! I will be sure to choose books by people of color to gift to children and read to my own future children. Some of these will surely become the new classics!

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