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What is America's best-loved novel?

The Great American Read learning resources on PBS LearningMedia
Grades 4-12

A collection packed with classroom resources related to books from The Great American Read is available on PBS LearningMedia.

The Great American Read is an eight-part series that explores and celebrates the power of reading, told through the prism of America’s 100 best-loved novels (as chosen in a national survey). It investigates how and why writers create their fictional worlds, how we as readers are affected by these stories, and what these 100 different books have to say about our diverse nation and our shared human experience.

The television series, hosted by Meredith Vieira, features entertaining and informative documentary segments, with compelling testimonials from celebrities, authors, notable Americans and book lovers across the country. Following the two-hour launch episode on May 22 in which the list of 100 books was revealed, five one-hour theme episodes beginning in September will examine concepts common to groups of books on the list, and a finale in October will announce the results of the nationwide vote to choose America’s best-loved book.

The series is the centerpiece of an ambitious multi-platform digital, educational and community outreach campaign, designed to get the country reading and passionately talking about books.



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The winner will be announced during the Grande Finale on October 23rd (see broadcast schedule below).

Broadcast Schedule

"Launch Special" (Premiered Tuesday, May 22, 2018) Watch Now
"Fall Kick Off" (Premiered Tuesday, September 11, 2018 8/7c) Watch Now
"Who Am I?" (Premiered Tuesday, September 18, 2018 8/7c) Watch Now
"Heroes" (Premieres Tuesday, September 25, 2018 8/7c) Watch Now
"Villains and Monsters" (Premieres Tuesday, October 2, 2018 8/7c) Watch Now
“What We Do For Love” (Premieres Tuesday, October 9, 2018 8/7c) Watch Now
“Other Worlds” (Premieres Tuesday, October 16, 2018 8/7c) Watch Now
"Grand Finale" (Premieres Tuesday, October 23, 2018 8/7c)

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