Reading Together

Reading Together: A Yearlong Reading Challenge

Let's read together! Join members of your Boston Public Library community to read books tied to our monthly themes. You can explore the themes in order, or choose the theme that fits your mood! All ages are welcome. If you have any questions, contact us at yearlong@bpl.org.

Reading Together A yearlong community reading challenge from the Boston Public Library

How to Participate

There are three different ways to participate:

Recommendations

Not sure what to read? Your friendly librarians at the Boston Public Library have compiled lists of suggestions for each theme. Browse for inspiration, but you can always choose a different book if you prefer! As you recommend books to us, we will compile your suggestions so that your fellow participants can take advantage of them, too.

Adults

¡Leamos juntos! Libros para adultos

¡Leamos juntos! Recomendamos estos libros para los temas mensuales del programa Reading Together, .

Reading Together in March: #OwnVoices Books for Adults

Read together with your BPL community throughout 2021! These books are recommended for the March challenge (Read an #OwnVoices Book).

Reading Together in April: Books with Pictures for Adults

These books are recommended for the April challenge (Read a Book with Pictures), but you can also choose a different book if you prefer...

Reading Together in May: Authors of Color for Adults

Read together with your BPL community throughout 2021! These books are recommended for the May challenge (Read a Book by an Author of Color)

Teens

¡Leamos juntos! Libros para adolescentes

¡Leamos juntos! Recomendamos estos libros para los temas mensuales del programa Reading Together.

Reading Together in March: #OwnVoices Books for Teens

Read together with your BPL community throughout 2021! These books are recommended for the March challenge (Read an #OwnVoices Book)...

Reading Together in April: Books with Pictures for Teens

Read together with your BPL community throughout 2021! These books are recommended for the April challenge (Read a Book with Pictures).

Reading Together in May: Authors of Color for Teens

Read together with your BPL community throughout 2021! These books are recommended for the May challenge (Read a Book by an Author of Color)

Families

¡Leamos juntos! Libros para familias

¡Leamos juntos! Recomendamos estos libros para los temas mensuales del programa Reading Together.

Reading Together in March: #OwnVoices Books for Families

Read together with your BPL community throughout 2021! These books are recommended for the March challenge (Read an #OwnVoices Book)...

Reading Together in April: Books with Pictures for Families

Read together with your BPL community throughout 2021! These books are recommended for the April challenge (Read a Book with Pictures).

Reading Together in May: Authors of Color for Families

Read together with your BPL community throughout 2021! These books are recommended for the May challenge (Read a Book by an Author of Color)

Monthly Book Discussions

Part of the fun of reading together is getting to talk about what you read! Every month, we have chosen a Community Read title for adults, teens, and families to read and discuss together.

For the month that these books are Community Reads, they will be available as eBooks with no wait list in Overdrive, and a library-wide book discussion will be held at the end of the month. Other book discussion groups hosted at the Boston Public Library may also choose to discuss books that tie into the monthly theme. Check our Events page for upcoming Reading Together book discussions.

If you're reading out of order, or not interested in this month’s Community Read, you can still participate. Discuss your thoughts on our Reading Together forum, hosted on Discord! Please note that children under the age of 13 are not able to create a Discord account.

Monthly Themes

January — A Book about the Past
February — A Debut Author
March — An #OwnVoices Book
April — A Book with Pictures
May — An Author of Color
June — An Award-Winning Book
July — An LGBTQ+ Author
August — A Book in Translation
September — A Staff Pick
October — A Story under 100 Pages
November — An Author Born Outside the United States
December — A Book about the Future

Adults

March: The Mothers

The Mothers is a surprising story about young love, a big secret in a small community--and the things that ultimately haunt us most.

April: Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet, Part 1

When a superhuman terrorist group calling itself The People sparks a violent uprising, Wakanda will be thrown into turmoil...

May: The Widows of Malabar Hill

In the 1920s, Bombay's only female lawyer, is investigating a suspicious will on behalf of three Muslim widows when the case turns murderous

Teens

March: Patron Saints of Nothing

When teen Jay Reguero learns his Filipino cousin, Jun, was killed as part of President Duterte's war on drugs, he flies to the Philippines.

April: The Fire Never Goes Out

In a collection of essays & personal mini-comics that span her YA life, Noelle Stevenson charts the highs & lows of being a creative human.

May: Here to Stay

When a cyberbully sends the high school a picture of Bijan Majidi, photo-shopped to look like a terrorist, the school promises to punish...

Families

March: The Vast Wonder of the World

Biography of Ernest Everett, whose keen observations of sea creatures revealed new insights about egg cells & the origins of life.

April: They All Saw A Cat

In simple, rhythmic prose and stylized pictures, a cat walks through the world, and all the other creatures see and acknowledge the cat.

May: The Jumbies

Corinne le Mar isn't afraid of anything, and it may be that only her bravery can save her island from the Jumbies.
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