The Great American Read

Whether it’s rediscovering an old favorite or engaging with a new title, ideastream encourages YOU to read some, many, or all of the 100 best-loved American novels (as chosen in a national survey) as PBS celebrates the joy of reading and the books we love!

  • If you missed the launch episode of Great American Read shown on WVIZ/PBS on May 22nd, watch it now! The 8-part series will resume in the fall with several themed episodes, including an exciting finale, culminating in the first-ever national vote to choose “America’s Best Loved Novel.”
  • While viewing, enjoy as Meredith Vieira interviews with celebrities, authors, superfans, and everyday Americans discussing the way particular books have influenced them and their significance in American popular culture.
  • Take a quiz to find out how many of the 100 books you have already read
  • Share the GREAT AMERICAN READ book list with fellow bibliophiles, book worms, book clubs, or students.  Why not pick a few titles to read and discuss during June, July, August, and September?
  • Plan viewing parties with your book club or reading friends and family to enjoy the reading frenzy!
  • Use #GreatReadPBS to post pictures of you with your favorite book—on vacation, in your favorite reading spot—the choice is yours!

Young readers can join in the fun, too! PBS KIDS has created a list of books to share with children. Download a copy of the list.

PBS KIDS know there are many more great books for children, and they would love to share more book recommendations during the summer. You can let them know about your favorites through social media @pbskids #PBSKIDSRead

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