The Great American Read From PBS


The results are in!

America’s favorite novels were revealed during The Great American Read‘s Grande Finale episode on PBS.

Here are the Top 10 favorite novels overall, alongside the Top 10 in Texas:

1. To Kill a Mockingbird        1. To Kill a Mockingbird
2. Outlander series       2. Outlander series
3. Harry Potter series        3. Harry Potter series
4. Pride and Prejudice        4. Gone with the Wind
5. Lord of the Rings series       5. Lord of the Rings series
6. Gone with the Wind         6. Pride and Prejudice
7. Charlotte’s Web         7. Charlotte’s Web
8. Little Women        8. Lonesome Dove
9. The Chronicles of Narnia        9. The Chronicles of Narnia
10. Jane Eyre      10. Little Women

See the full list of 100 books:

Discuss the results in The Great American Read Book Club group on Facebook, and below you can:

» Browse the Dallas Public Library’s collection of Great American Read books by category: Who Am I?, Heroes, Other Worlds, Villains & Monsters and What We Do For Love.

» Dig into resources to help stimulate a great book discussion

» View an alphabetical list of the 100 books, with Amazon links.

» Save your favorite books from the list on Pinterest

» Take a quiz about the benefits of reading

» Learn about the Great American Read TV series and how to watch episodes.
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Browse pictures from our Great American Read authors panel, “The Books That Made Us,” moderated by KERA Education Director Kit Lively, at the Dallas Public Library on Oct. 20, 2018. Authors Kathleen Kent, Jane Harris, Will Clarke and Brooke Fossey discussed which of the 100 Great American Read books helped shape them as writers.

UPDATE: Voting is closed! The winning novels were announced Tuesday, October 23 on PBS’s The Great American Read‘s Grand Finale episode Oct. 23 on KERA TV.

KERA was excited to participate in PBS’s The Great American Read initiative, and we encouraged North Texans to join in on the months-long celebration of reading and passionate discussion of favorite books.

Voters across America picked their favorite book from among the 100 finalists during a voting period that closed Oct. 19, 2018.

Learn more about The Great American Read project, and use this checklist to see how many of the 100 novels you’ve read.


• What is The Great American Read? View FAQs
• Join The Great American Read Book Club group on Facebook

Library check-out

Browse Great American Read books by category, courtesy of the Dallas Public Library. You can borrow books starting here, too.

» Who Am I?

» Heroes

» Other Worlds

» Villains & Monsters

» What We Do For Love

The list

The 100 novels were suggested by a large poll of people across the country. How many have you read? Explore the list or click through to purchase a book on Amazon. (KERA is an Amazon affiliate partner, which means we receive a small portion of the sale price.)


How To Watch The Great American Read

» 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.

The first episode of the series aired on KERA 13.1 in May. You can watch that two-hour launch special online here.

Reading discussion resources

There’s nothing like a great conversation about a good book. We’ve pulled together resources to help parents, teachers, librarians, mentors, friends — anyone who loves to read — start discussions about books and reading. Engage others with the help of these printable materials:

Take our quiz

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.


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