Parents' Guide to

The Great American Read

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Series spotlights best books, celebrates joys of reading.

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This unique eight-part series is a lengthy celebration of the joy and value of reading and the diversity of the rich works of fiction on the 100-book list. The chosen titles include children's classics like Anne of Green Gables and Little Women, science fiction greats like A Game of Thrones, and modern best-sellers like Looking for Alaska and Twilight. They comprise humor, drama, historical fiction, and the relatively new genre of young adult literature, all on equal footing in this one-of-a-kind contest for bragging rights.

For book fans, The Great American Read is a delightful way to revisit old favorites and learn about some new titles you may want to try, within the context of a nationwide literary popularity contest. Even if your favorite title isn't in the running, chances are there are others on the list that you'll want to root for, or perhaps you will discover a new number one based on the compelling book reports offered by celebrities and other avid readers. The Great American Read is a worthwhile family series that will inspire some good conversations, but given the mature nature of the content of several of the featured titles, it's best shared among teens and adults.

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