Read Across America Day: Food Bankers’ Picks for Favorite Children’s Books

Today is National Read Across America Day, a day established by the National Education Association to unite diverse readers across the country to celebrate the joy of reading! It takes place on the birthday of children’s book author Dr. Seuss and aims to get kids and families engaged in and excited about reading.

The North Texas Food Bank staff loves a good book, and we believe storytelling is an impactful way to teach children about important and complex topics, such as hunger. We were thrilled to launch our own children’s book, Hunger Bugs Me!, last fall. Set in the NTFB’s Jan’s Garden, the book follows Lady Bug and her friends in this charming story about friendship and compassion.

In honor of Read Across America Day, we asked Food Bankers to share their favorite children’s books, particularly ones that address important issues and open the door for meaningful conversations with young people. See the staff picks below and to learn more about Hunger Bugs Me!, download accompany resources, and order your copy, visit

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” — Dr. Seuss

Happy Reading!