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THE GREAT AMERICAN READ was an eight-part television and online series launched in 2018 designed to spark a national conversation about reading and the books that have inspired, moved, and shaped us. The series engaged audiences with a list of 100 diverse books. Audiences were encouraged to read the books, vote from the list of 100, and share their personal connections to the titles.

Check out the final special of THE GREAT AMERICAN READ below. In the fall of 2018, seven episodes of the series aired as the quest to find America’s most beloved book moved into high gear. Episodes from the series featured appearances by celebrities, athletes, experts, authors, and everyday

Americans advocating for their favorite book.

The nation will vote, and ultimately a winner was declared, as ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’, finding THE GREAT AMERICAN READ.

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To Kill a Mockingbird was voted by viewers as America’s #1 best-loved novel in The Great American Read.

One of the best-loved stories of all time, To Kill a Mockingbird has been translated into more than forty languages, sold more than forty million copies worldwide, served as the basis for an enormously popular motion picture, and voted one of the best novels of the twentieth century by librarians across the country. A gripping, heart-wrenching, and wholly remarkable tale of coming-of-age in a South poisoned by virulent prejudice, it views a world of great beauty and savage inequities through the eyes of a young girl, as her father—a crusading local lawyer—risks everything to defend a black man unjustly accused of a terrible crime.

To Kill a Mockingbird led The Great American Read voting from the first week, and kept the lead for the entire five months of voting, despite strong competition from the rest of our five finalists. It also topped the list of votes in every state except North Carolina (who went for Outlander) and Wyoming (who preferred Lord of The Rings). Such widespread support from readers across the country make To Kill a Mockingbird a worthy winner of The Great American Read.


Click here to download the full list of 100 Greatest American Reads

With 100 fictional titles spanning different themes like - love, heroes, villains, other worlds, and what it means to be an American, this booklist has something for everyone!

Find all these books and more!

Are you adventurous like Tom Sawyer or fierce like Jo March? Maybe even a bit crazy like Michael Corleone?

Find out in this booklist personality quiz! Based on your personality, the quiz will determine your best Great American Read booklist!

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Major production funding provided by Anne Ray Foundation, A Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropy. Engagement funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and Anne Ray Foundation, A Margaret A Cargill Philanthropy.

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