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Vermont Reads 2014

Last Updated 9/26/2014 5:42:32 PM

Welcome to Vermont Reads

A Statewide, One-Book Community Reading Program

It has been a Wonder-ful year! More than 115 communities took part in Vermont Reads Wonder. Now it is time to announce our book for 2015:

Vermont Reads Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie

“What's the use of stories that aren't even true?” – Haroun, the son

Vermont communities are invited to participate in the statewide read of Salman Rushdie’s Haroun and the Sea of Stories. This funny and touching story of a father and son is, at its heart, a reflection on the importance of stories, imagination, and creativity.

In Haroun, Rushdie has created his own fantastic folktale, modern yet steeped in the narrative traditions of world cultures. The story features storyteller Rashid Khalifa and his young son, Haroun. A great upheaval in their family causes Rashid to lose his voice, his stories, and possibly, the family’s livelihood.

Haroun’s challenge — complete with water genies and talking fish — is to unclog the Sea of Stories and restore his father’s storytelling abilities. Discover with others the power of reading, and of reflecting on the importance of stories and imagination. Libraries, schools, and other nonprofit organizations may apply; collaboration among town organizations and businesses is strongly encouraged.

• Receive FREE books and programming support.
• Host readings, discussions, and community events in your schools,
libraries, and local businesses.
• Listen to Vermont Public Radio’s Vermont Reads feature.

Apply: December 5, 2014 or June 5, 2015.

Applications will be online in late October.


Thank you for taking part in Vermont Reads Wonder.

*** Wonder has won the 2014 Dorothy Canfield Fisher Book Award! Read more. ***

“Courage. Kindness. Friendship. Character. These are the qualities that define us as human beings, and propel us, on occasion, to greatness.” – Mr. Tushman, the principal at Beecher Prep, the middle school at the center of Wonder

More than 100 Vermont communities are taking part in the statewide read of Wonder, R.J. Palacio’s bestselling, inspiring story about the power, and the importance, of kindness — in everyone’s life.

On the inside, fifth-grader Auggie Pullman knows he’s like any other kid. But due to a congenital birth defect, he stands out in ways nobody wants to. Wonder traces Auggie’s journey through his first year in middle school, where he experiences the challenges of being shunned—and the satisfactions of belonging—in a world where differences can both set us apart and bring us together.

Discover with others the power of reading, and of reflecting on the ways we can choose kindness and inclusion in our communities. Vermont Reads unites communities around reading, ideas, and activities. Libraries, schools, and other nonprofit organizations participate, collaborating with town organizations and businesses.

• Receive FREE books and programming support.
• Host readings, discussions, and community event nights in your schools,
libraries, and local businesses.
Listen to Vermont Public Radio’s Vermont Reads feature.

 

The last application deadline for Vermont Reads Wonder was June 16. Due to the  popularity of Wonder, we aren’t able to accept late applications. Many thanks to the 115 communities who are taking part this year and stay tuned for the Vermont Reads 2015 announcement!

Learn more about Vermont Reads Wonder.

Submit a Vermont Reads Event


***IN THE NEWS*** VPR's coverage of Vermont Reads 2011: To Kill a Mockingbird receives national RTDNA/UNITY AwardListen to the winning segment

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