The Great American Read has launched! This fun, national initiative celebrates literacy and seeks to connect people through the 100 best books, as voted on by the public. Designed to spark a national conversation about reading, literacy, and the books that have inspired, moved, and shaped us, The Great American Read is an eight-part PBS series and multi-platform initiative. Familiar famous faces will lend their voices and passion to the series, which culminates in the first-ever national vote to choose “America’s Best Loved Novel.” Watch the launch special and learn more or vote here.

Vermont PBS believes strongly in the joy and discovery of sharing our favorite reads with our friends and neighbors. This summer, our goal is for no one to ever again come up short when asked, “Read any good books lately?!”

In addition to the 100 books that are part of the national program, we hope you’ll read some Vermont-award-winning ones, too. Participate in our Read. Share. Win! contest and you will be entered to win the full list of national and locally featured books for you and your local library! To learn more, read on!

The Great American Read initiative celebrates literacy and seeks to connect people through the 100 best books, as voted on by the public. Check out the list here and read an old favorite or - discover a new one.

Vermont PBS is also putting our own spin on The Great American Read with our Summer Reading Program. Discover local award winning books by these Vermont authors:

Red Clover Book Award:
by Michael Hall
Dorothy Canfield Fisher
Book Award:

Projekt 1065: A Novel of World War II
by Alan Gratz
Vermont Reads Program:
Bread and Roses, Too
by Katherine Paterson
The Green Mountain Book Award:
by Neal Shusterman

Tell us the book YOU wish had made the top 100 list! Fill out this quick and easy form:

Here are some the books your neighbors are nominating. Be sure to check back often for updates. Discover you next favorite read today!

Jill D.
Wardsboro, VT
"State of Wonder"
By Ann Patchett
Wardsboro Public Library
Coral H.
Pittsfield, VT
"Tuck Everlasting "
by Natalie Babbitt
Castleton Free Library
Jennie R.
North Bennington, VT
"Watership Down"
by Richard Adams
John G. McCullough Free Library

Katherine Z.
Troy, VT
"Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood"
by Rebecca Wells
Goodrich Memorial Library

Gregory D.
West Wardsboro, VT
"Before We Were Yours"
By Lisa Wingate
Wardsboro Public Library
Scot M.
Burlington, VT
"The Miernik Dossier"
by Charles McCarry
Fletcher Free Library
Nancy D.
Wardsboro, VT
"The Lake House"
by Morton
Wardsboro Public Library
Wendy F.
Huntington, VT
"People of the Book"
by Geraldine Brooks
Richmond Free Library

Once you have shared the book you think should have made the list, you will be entered to win the full list of Great American Reads books, the four Vermont award-winning selections, and the book they nominated. What’s more, we will give that same set of 100+ titles to the winner’s local public library!

One person will be chosen randomly to win from all entries received. The winner will be announced in September, and his or her local library will have the opportunity to offer a pre-screening event of the Great American Read finale in October.

Join us for the Vermont PBS Summer Reading Program and discover your next favorite book!

Watch trailer - This series explores the joy of reading as the nation votes for America’s best-loved book.

National Voting is Open!

Explore the list,
vote for your favorites,
and watch the launch special at: