Add some new books to your library in time for Read Across America Day with these favorites from our staff


United Way of Salt Lake is excited about Read Across America Day!

It’s going to look different this year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t share your love of reading with kids in your community. You can sign-up to read aloud over Zoom, partner with teachers and students for educational activities, donate books and supplies to schools and libraries, or contribute to our Read Across America Day book fund! Visit our Read Across America Day page to see all the ways you can get involved.

Schools have provided wishlists, but if you want some inspiration for your own library we asked UWSL staff to share their favorite books!

Here’s what we’re reading to the kids in our lives:

Last Stop on Market Street Cover

Last Stop on Market Street

Author: Matt de la Peña
Illustrator: Christian Robinson

See the beauty in the every day realities Americans face and the differences that make our communities special.

The Word Collector

Author & Illustrator: Peter H. Reynolds

A diverse group of young people celebrate reading and exploring their passions.

The Word Collector book cover
A chair for my mother book cover

A Chair for My Mother

Author & Illustrator: Vera b. Williams

Celebrate resiliency, joy, and family in this tale of a girl, her mother, and her grandmother saving up after a fire for something they can all enjoy.

The Rainbow Fish

Author & Illustrator: Marcus Pfister
Translator: J. Alison James

The message is simple but pure: sharing and giving of yourself is the best way to find authentic friends.

The Rainbow Fish book cover
Everyone Poops Book Cover

Everyone Poops

Author & Illustrator: Taro Gomi

Straight talk about one of life’s necessities. No matter who you are, it's true: everyone poops.

This year, we invite you to join us remotely by reading with your kids, volunteering to tutor, and signing up to assist with virtual projects. Click here to learn more about Read Across America Day.



By Jessica Gezon, Sr. Content Manager with United Way of Salt Lake