Vermont Reads

A Statewide Community Reading Program

Vermont Reads

A Statewide Community Reading Program

2017 marks the 15th year of the Vermont Reads program, in which the Vermont Humanities Council invites citizens across the state to read the same book and participate in a wide variety of community activities related to the book’s themes.

200 different Vermont towns and cities have participated in Vermont Reads to date. Schools, libraries, service organizations, churches, businesses, or other community-based organizations can start by filling out a brief application.

Vermont Reads 2017

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

This beautiful memoir of the author’s childhood is written in verse. It tells the story of a young person finding her voice, while examining the strength of family bonds. Learn more about Vermont Reads 2017.

Vermont Reads 2016

The Endurance: Shackleton’s Legendary Antarctic Expedition by Caroline Alexander and Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World by Jennifer Armstrong

Exactly one hundred years ago, Sir Ernest Shackleton’s ship, the Endurance, was imprisoned and crushed by sea ice near Antarctica.  It nearly cost his crew their lives, but all twenty-eight of them would survive.  Theirs is one of the greatest adventure and survival stories of the twentieth century. Learn more about Vermont Reads 2016.

Vermont Reads Supporters

The Vermont Humanities Council is grateful to the major partners that support Vermont Reads.

Since 2007, Vermont Reads has been generously underwritten by Renewable NRG Systems of Hinesburg, Vermont (formerly NRG Systems).

VHC is also grateful for the generous support of the Jack & Dorothy Byrne Foundation, and the Alma Gibbs Donchain Foundation.

Vermont Public Radio is VHC’s media partner; each year VPR presents several days of Vermont Reads programming.