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"The Great American Read" is an eight-part series that explores and celebrates the power of reading, told through the prism of America’s 100 best-loved novels (as chosen in a national survey). It investigates how and why writers create their fictional worlds, how we as readers are affected by these stories, and what these 100 different books have to say about our diverse nation and our shared human experience.
Whether it's rediscovering an old favorite or engaging with a new title, "The Great American Read" encourages people to read as many novels as they can from the top 100 list. We have created some tools to help you keep track of your progress.
"The Great American Read," a new PBS series and multiplatform initiative that celebrates the joy of reading and the books people love, launched with a two-hour premiere episode Tuesday, May 22, at 7 p.m. Hosted by television personality and journalist Meredith Vieira, the program introduced viewers to a list of America's 100 favorite novels selected through a demographically representative national survey. Features included interviews with celebrities, authors, super fans and everyday Americans discussing the way particular books have influenced them and the significance in American popular culture. The series culminates in the Fall 2018 with the finale episode presenting the results of the first-ever national vote to choose America's Best-Loved Novel.Watch the Trailer E Watch the Premiere E
The top 100 book list is based on a public opinion poll, conducted by YouGov.com on behalf of PBS for "The Great American Read," that asked respondents to name their favorite novel. An advisory panel of book industry professionals compiled the results. Each author was represented only once, and series such as the "Alex Cross Mysteries" were included as one entry. The chosen books span five centuries, from "Don Quixote" (1603) to "Ghost" (2016). Authors from 15 different countries are represented, with genres ranging from beloved children's classics such as "Charlotte's Web" to modern best sellers such as "Twilight."
Voting is open and continues throughout the summer, leading up to the grand finale in October 2018. Over the summer, viewers will be able to vote here at this website and through hashtag voting via Facebook and Twitter using #GreatReadPBS. In the fall, viewers will also be able to cast their vote toll free by phone and through SMS texting.Vote Now 3
There are so many adventures to find in books! If you’re looking for ideas or a book you haven’t read yet, PBS KIDS has drawn together a list of books we think are pretty great. We’ve sorted our recommendations into lists of books you can read aloud to your kids, read along with your kids, and books that are fun for kids to read on their own.