Reading and Discussion

Exploring Ideas through Books

Vermont Reads Past Picks

Vermont Reads is Vermont Humanities’ statewide community reading program. Since its inception in 2003, tens of thousands of Vermonters in towns across the state have participated. Find out more at

If your community hasn’t participated in Vermont Reads – or even if it has – these books are all high-quality young-adult level works that offer food for thought for all ages.

Books in this Series

  • 2003: Karen Hesse, Witness
  • 2004; Loung Ung, First They Killed My Father
  • 2005: Paul Fleischman, Seedfolks
  • 2006: Natalie Kinsesy Warnock,¬†As Long as There are Mountains
  • 2007: Elizabeth Winthrop, Counting on Grace
  • 2008: Natalie S. Bober, A Restless Spirit: The Story of Robert Frost
  • 2009: Julie Otsuka, When The Emperor Was Divine
  • 2010: Katherine Paterson, The Day of the Pelican
  • 2011: Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird
  • 2012: Stephen Crane, The Red Badge of Courage
  • 2012: Paul Fleischman, Bull Run
  • 2013: Billy Collins, Editor, Poetry 180: A Turning Back to Poetry
  • 2014: R.J. Palacio, Wonder
  • 2015: Salman Rushdie, Haroun and the Sea of Stories
  • 2016 Jennifer Armstrong, Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World: The Extraordinary True Story of Shackleton and the Endurance
  • 2016: Caroline Alexander, The Endurance: Shackleton’s Legendary Antarctic Expedition
  • 2017: Jacqueline Woodson, Brown Girl Dreaming
  • 2018: Katherine Paterson, Bread and Roses, Too
  • 2019: Rep. John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell, March: Book One

Available Facilitators

How to Book this Series

Please browse the list of available facilitators above. Then contact your chosen facilitator to discuss the timing and other details of the series. Finally, select the “Book this Series” button and fill out our online¬†Reading & Discussion Request Form.


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