MEA’s continued effort to inspire children to read continues this spring and summer as the MEA partners with Maine Public to sponsor PBS’s The Great American Read. The Great American Read is an eight-part television and online series designed to spark a national conversation about reading and the books that have inspired, moved, and shaped us.
PBS has created a list of 100 diverse books and is encouraging everyone to read as many of the books as possible and then vote for your favorite. Maine Public will also create a space for Mainers to vote for their favorite book.

“The MEA is excited to be part of this reading initiative to encourage both children and adults to read. Maine Public, along with its national chapter, PBS, have consistently proven they care about helping educators and supporting learning. This partnership is one-way MEA can support Maine Public, the educators who use the resources provided by the organization, and reading as a whole,” said Lois Kilby-Chesley, MEA President.

More About The Great American Read
The Great American Read premieres Tuesday, May 22, at 8:00 p.m. on Maine Public Television with a launch special, kicking off a summer of reading and voting. The episodes will uncover details about the books, their authors and those who are reading them. In the fall, additional episodes will reveal America’s most beloved book, featuring appearances by celebrities, athletes, experts, authors, and everyday Americans advocating for their favorite book. Be sure to join in the conversation and start reading and then vote for your favorite! In the fall, Maine Public will announce the book that received the most votes here in Maine on Maine Calling on Maine Public Radio.