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Every Spring, the Pennsylvania Center for the Book selects one children’s title and one adult title for inclusion in the Library of Congress’s Great Reads from Great Places program.   

Nominations from Pennsylvania librarians, teachers, authors, parents, and other members of the public are welcomed! Our selection criteria include: 

  • Relevance to Pennsylvania (authors, illustrators, topics, etc.) 

  • Excellence in writing, illustration, and other features 

  • Reflection of the diversity of Pennsylvania residents 

  • Appropriateness for statewide promotion (availability, cost, positive reviews, etc.) 

  • Alignment with PACFTB mission and the Great Reads mission 

  • No more than 2 years old 

If you would like to suggest a book for consideration, please write to Ellysa Stern Cahoy, Director, Pennsylvania Center for the Book at