To Kill a Mockingbird was voted by viewers as America’s #1 best-loved novel in The Great American Read. The Maine Education Association was proud to be a sponsor of the Great American Read, to help promote reading across our state.

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.

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To Kill a Mockingbird

Outlander (Series)

Harry Potter (Series)

Pride and Prejudice

Lord of the Rings

Gone with the Wind

Charlotte’s Web

Little Women

Chronicles of Narnia

Jane Eyre

Anne of Green Gables

Grapes of Wrath

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Book Thief

Great Gatsby

The Help

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer


And Then There Were None

Atlas Shrugged

Wuthering Heights

Lonesome Dove

Pillars of the Earth



A Prayer for Owen Meany

Color Purple

Alice in Wonderland

Great Expectations

Catcher in the Rye

Where the Red Fern Grows


The Da Vinci Code

The Handmaid’s Tale


The Little Prince

Call of the Wild

The Clan of the Cave Bear

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to The Galaxy

The Hunger Games

The Count of Monte Cristo

The Joy Luck Club


The Giver

Memoirs of a Geisha

Moby Dick

Catch 22

Game of Thrones (series)

Foundation (series)

War and Peace

Their Eyes Were Watching God

Jurassic Park

The Godfather

One Hundred Years of Solitude

The Picture of Dorian Gray

The Notebook

The Shack

A Confederacy of Dunces

The Hunt for Red October


The Martian

The Wheel of Time (series)


Crime and Punishment

The Sun Also Rises

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime

A Separate Peace

Don Quixote

The Lovely Bones

The Alchemist

Hatchet (series)

Invisible Man

The Twilight Saga (series)

Tales of the City (series)

Gulliver’s Travels

Ready Player One

Left Behind (series)

Gone Girl


The Pilgrim’s Progress

Alex Cross Mysteries (series)

Things Fall Apart

Heart of Darkness


Flowers in the Attic

Fifty Shades of Grey

The Sirens of Titan

This Present Darkness


Another Country

Bless Me, Ultima

Looking for Alaska

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

Swan Song

Mind Invaders

White Teeth


The Coldest Winter Ever

The Intuitionist

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