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National Read Across America Day aims to create and celebrate a nation of diverse readers

What are the books that opened your eyes to the world? Which ones helped shape who you are? Today, we discuss the importance of literacy and representation in books, as well as recent challenges to reading materials.



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Today, we celebrate National Read Across American Day, where the national theme for 2022 is Create & Celebrate a Nation of Diverse Readers.

Were you a bookworm growing up?

Did you find a love of reading as an adult?

What kind of impact has it made on your life?

Many people feel books can shape who we are today. They can open our eyes to the world.

For the first time, National Education Association is hosting a special Read Across America event focused on young adult readers. The YA Author Chat is tonight at 6pm CT on Facebook.

But lately, there’s been an issue about representation in books and recent challenges to reading materials in schools, where Katy ISD students organized to distribute books about racism, LGBTQ+ issues on their own.

We discuss those issues, and listeners call in to share stories of books that changed their lives.

Plus, at the top of the show, a political expert provides an update on developments in the Ukraine crisis.


Dr. Richard Stoll

  • Professor of Political Science and Faculty Scholar, Rice University Baker Institute
  • Senior fellow, and a member of, the advisory council of the Institute for Sustainable Peace

Becky Pringle

  • President of the National Education Association

Cameron Samuels

  • Senior at Seven Lakes High School in Katy ISD

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Catherine Lu

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While growing up in Chicago and Houston, Catherine’s love for art, music and creative writing was influenced by her teachers and parents. She was once concertmaster of the Clear Lake High School Orchestra and a four-time violinist of the Texas All-State Symphony. A graduate of the University of Chicago, Catherine...

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