Vermont Reads 2020

The Hate U Give

by Angie Thomas

Suggested Activities

This year’s Vermont Reads book, The Hate U Give, presents opportunities for numerous extension activities ranging from book discussions to art & craft projects. The kinds of activities that promote shared reading and discussion are bounded only by the imagination that you and your collaborators bring to the project. If you develop a new idea, please let us know so that we can share it with other communities!

Please be sure to let us know in advance about your Vermont Reads-related events by submitting them via our online form and we will help spread the word!

Book Discussions

Ideally, a discussion group should be facilitated by a person who is comfortable leading conversations in which everyone feels encouraged to participate. Facilitators might be teachers, librarians, or others who are skilled and enthusiastic about leading a discussion. See the Vermont Reads 2020 discussion guide for discussion questions and tips for a successful book discussion.

Note: Vermont Humanities generally does not fund discussion facilitators for Vermont Reads, but because The Hate U Give is likely to bring up difficult conversations and notions about race and our implicit biases, we are offering trained facilitators to lead specific discussions on reading and race. Please contact Tess Taylor or at (802) 262-1356, or Richelle Franzoni or at (802) 262-1355 for more information.

Discussion about books related to The Hate U Give

Host one of Vermont Humanities Reading & Discussion series or individual books on:

Note that you must apply separately to host Vermont Humanities-subsidized Reading and Discussion programs. Visit the Reading and Discussion section of our website to apply and to see the entire catalog of offerings and discussion facilitators. Or host your own book discussion on related books.

Guest Speakers

Host a Vermont Humanities Speakers Bureau program that relates to some of the broad topics of Vermont Reads: The Hate U Give. See list of Speakers Bureau talks.

Host a Movie Night or Series

There are many documentaries and movies related to the civil rights movement and also graphic novels that may provide context and complement the themes of The Hate U Give. Here are some suggestions, but this is not an exhaustive list! See list of movies.

Arts & Craft Projects

In addition to (or instead of) writing, young people and adults may wish to express their feelings about justice, race and identity through artwork, music, or performance. Here are some ideas:

  • Participants can create posters and art around justice and equity. Arrange for exhibit space at your local library, school, museum, or coffee shop to show participants’ artwork.
  • Music is very important in this book. Have participants become familiar with hip-hop and perform and/or create music.
  • Make a quilt: draw pictures that represent people or situations that celebrate communities that are often marginalized or considered different through race, religion, LGBTQ identity, gender, economic situation and others.
  • Look at the way clothing, especially sneakers, are important in the story for identity. Have participants create a display, video or presentation about how what they wear tells who they are, and how that changes depending on the group they’re in (code-switching).

Here are some more ideas from the Teaching Tolerance website.


Advertise a day or evening read-a-thon, where participants take turns reading chapters from The Hate U Give aloud. Everyone who wishes to participate should have the opportunity. This is a unique way for people of all ages and backgrounds to share the reading experience.

Writing Contest

Writing contests are a popular means for younger readers and writers to approach the written word. In the spirit of The Hate U Give, contestants are encouraged to write about an injustice they’ve witnessed, about differentness and code-switching, or anything that seems to relate to Starr’s experiences or the experiences of the other characters.  Entries can be assembled in print or on the web, and winning selections can be read at a special event. If you choose to run a contest, we suggest offering prizes in different age or grade categories. (Be sure to let us know about the contest so we can help advertise it.)


Libraries, bookstores, schools: Create a prominent display of Vermont Reads: The Hate U Give books and other related titles at the public library, school library, or local bookstore.

Culminating Celebrations

Communities often choose to conclude their Vermont Reads activities with a celebratory event co-hosted with other collaborating organizations. Organize a show that documents your activities with drawings and posters, story-telling and a movie or presentation. These final events are useful for showcasing student work done as part of the Vermont Reads project, recognizing contest winners, or hosting a panel discussion or presentation. Consider singing or playing songs from the civil rights movement during the event!