Join The Great American Read From PBS!

Take a look at the diverse list of America’s 100 most-popular novels, resources to help spark great book discussions, a quiz about the benefits of reading, the Great American Read TV viewing schedule, a Pinterest board and more.

The Great American Read

What is The Great American Read?

» Join The Great American Read Book Club group on Facebook
» View The Great American Read FAQ from PBS

PBS is launching The Great American Read and KERA is excited about encouraging North Texans to join this months-long celebration of reading and passionate discussion of favorite books.

The project has several components:

» The book list: On the list are 100 novels suggested by a large poll of people across the country.

» A broadcast series: PBS is planning eight programs, the first airing Tuesday, May 22 at 7pm on KERA TV, with the rest to follow in September and October.

The series, hosted by Meredith Vieira, will focus on popular themes in fiction and testimonials from public figures, authors and everyday Americans about their reading tastes and insights.

» Voting: Readers will vote on their favorite novel from the list of 100 books. Beginning with the series launch on May 22, you’ll be able to cast your vote here on this page or on Twitter and Facebook using a hashtag for each book.

The winning book will be revealed October 23 during the series’ last episode. Stay tuned for more details.

» Resources for book discussions: We have pulled together resources to help parents, teachers, librarians, mentors, friends — anyone who loves to read — start discussions about books and reading.

Get started:


The list!

Below is the list of America’s 100 most-loved books, brought to you by The Great American Read. Explore the list — How many have you read?


Watch The Great American Read on KERA TV

» Watch The Great American Read trailer

The series explores how and why writers create their fictional worlds, how readers are affected by these stories and what each of the 100 books has to say about the shared human experiences of our diverse nation.

Here’s when to catch the two-hour series launch on KERA channel 13.1:

» Tuesday, May 22, 7pm
» Sunday, May 27, 3am
» Sunday, May 27, 1pm
» Monday, May 28, 2am

Or, watch it online here starting Wednesday, May 23.


Reading resources

There’s nothing like a great conversation about a good book. Engage your students, family or friends with the help of these printable materials.


Take our quiz

The national poll to pick the country’s favorite novel from the list of 100 launches May 22. Meanwhile, test your knowledge on the numbers behind reading’s benefits:


KERA Learn on Pinterest

Share clever Great American Read memes or your favorite books from the list.


Are you a teacher, homeschool parent or other educator? Browse more resources on the KERA Learn! education website, follow KERA Learn! on Pinterest and sign up for KERA education newsletters.