We encourage you to read with our community during the twelfth season of Shelby County Reads. Books will be available at the public and school libraries or purchase a copy locally at Three Sisters Books and Gifts.
Books for all age levels are chosen each year and are distributed to Shelby County Schools. The 2014-15 titles focus on the theme "courage."
MY BRAVE YEAR OF FIRSTS: TRIES, SIGHS, AND HIGH FIVES by Jamie Lee Curtis (Pre K - Grade 1)
WAGON WHEELS by Barbara Brenner (Grades 2-3)
THE TALE OF DESPEREAUX by Kate DiCamillo (Grades 3-5)
DIAMOND WILLOW by Helen Frost (Grades 6-8)
INTO THE WILD by Jon Krakauer (High School - Adult)
UNBROKEN by Laura Hillenbrand (High School - Adult)
Send donations to:
Blue River Foundation
ATTN: Shelby County Reads
54 W. Broadway St. Suite 1
Shelbyville IN 46176
Checks payable to:
Blue River Foundation with ‘Shelby County Reads’ in the memo line
For more information:
Sandy Learned 317.392.1956
or Laura Guenin 317.398.7121
SHELBY COUNTY READS' MISSION
The mission of Shelby County Reads is to encourage literacy. By bringing in authors, hosting events, and selecting different genres of material each year, it is Shelby County Reads' purpose to expose the community to a broad range of literary material as well as support discussion of the chosen books with engaging programs. (Check out the 2014-15 Event Schedule)
2004: TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE by Mitch Albom
2005: PAY IT FORWARD by Catherine Ryan Hyde
2006: THE KITE RUNNER by Khaled Hosseini
2007: GETTING OPEN by Tom Graham and Rachael Graham Cody
2008: MY SISTER'S KEEPER by Jodi Picoult
2009: SNOW FALLING ON CEDARS by David Guterson
2010: FOLLOW THE RIVER by James Alexander Thom
2011: MAUS 1 & 11 by Art Spiegelman
2012: OCTOBER SKY by Homer Hickam
2013: TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD by Harper Lee
2015: UNBROKEN by Laura Hillenbrand
HOW DO WE CHOOSE THE BOOKS?
Each spring, committee members pore over various titles paying close attention to reviews from quality sources respected by professional librarians and educators across the nation.
Shelby County Reads is a year-long process requiring many hands and funding. Volunteers to plan and staff events are welcome and deeply appreciated. Monetary donations are tax-deductible.