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The Great American Read

The Great American Read
The country’s 100 favorite novels are announced in a two-hour celebration of reading, hosted by Meredith Vieira. Celebrities, authors, and book lovers reveal the novels that have affected their lives. The national vote gets under way, to decide America’s Best-Loved Book.


Check Out Your Local Library
Libraries throughout our viewing area will be hosting events to connect you to The Great American Read. Find your nearest library location on the Google map below, and click on your library system’s logo to connect to their events calendar to explore all they have to offer!

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Print The Great American Read Book Checklist


Downloadables: Explore the artwork from the The Great American Read Facebook page. Download Printable 18x24 Posters, Memes, Book Facts, and Book Quotes


Join your favorite PBS KIDS character for a fun summer of reading!
Visit with your local library to find titles available for your PBS KID. Click on one of the images below to get a printable PBS KIDS Read info sheet for your favorite!

Make your own Summer Reading Log here!


What book is this? Click on a name below to hear and read an excerpt from a book that made a difference in that reader’s life.

Jim Carragher: "We just stood there until the sun was down and the moon was up...”

Kathryn DiPasqua: “When I pointed to him his palms slipped slightly, leaving greasy sweat streaks on the wall...”

Cristina Dominguez: "Freedom, Sancho, is one of the most precious gifts that heaven has bestowed upon men...”

Ruth Erb: “Grown-ups love figures. When you tell them that you have made a new friend, they never ask you any questions about essential matters...”

Wayne Farrar: “There was only one catch...that a concern for one's own safety in the face of dangers that were real...”

Meg King-Sloan: “Tents, lunch, and croquet utensils having been sent on beforehand, the party was soon embarked...”

Spencer Law: “Many, many men have been just as troubled morally and spiritually as you are right now...”

Brett Leake: “His face was drawn but the curtains were real...”

Angel Limb: “To the embarrassment of everyone, Sean O'Brien began to cry...”

Patty Parks: “From that time on, the world was hers for the reading. She would never be lonely again...”

Steven K. Smith: “I suppose there's a time in practically every young boy's life when he's affected by that wonderful disease...”

Ian Stewart: “Your memory is a monster; you forget-it doesn't...”

Piper Stewart: “A few steps into the woods grows a bank of wildflowers...”

Alex Wiles: “Why did you do this for me?" he asked. " ... I've never done anything for you...”

Local Great American Read Stories
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Photos by: Louise Ricks / WCVE