Vermont Reads 2014

Last Updated 10/28/2014 1:11:24 PM

Welcome to Vermont Reads

A Statewide, One-Book Community Reading Program

Vermont Reads Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie

“What's the use of stories that aren't even true?” – Haroun, the son

Vermont communities are invited to participate in the statewide read of Salman Rushdie’s Haroun and the Sea of Stories. This funny and touching story of a father and son is, at its heart, a reflection on the importance of stories, imagination, and creativity.

In Haroun, Rushdie has created his own fantastic folktale, modern yet steeped in the narrative traditions of world cultures. The story features storyteller Rashid Khalifa and his young son, Haroun. A great upheaval in their family causes Rashid to lose his voice, his stories, and possibly, the family’s livelihood.

Haroun’s challenge — complete with water genies and talking fish — is to unclog the Sea of Stories and restore his father’s storytelling abilities. Discover with others the power of reading, and of reflecting on the importance of stories and imagination. Libraries, schools, and other nonprofit organizations may apply; collaboration among town organizations and businesses is strongly encouraged.

• Receive FREE books and programming support.
• Host readings, discussions, and community events in your schools,
libraries, and local businesses.
• Listen to Vermont Public Radio’s Vermont Reads feature.

Apply: December 5, 2014 or June 5, 2015.

Learn more about Vermont Reads Haroun and the Sea of Stories


  Thank you for taking part in Vermont Reads Wonder.

*** Wonder has won the 2014 Dorothy Canfield Fisher Book Award! Read more. ***

It has been a Wonder-ful year! Thanks to the more than 115 communities that took part in Vermont Reads WonderApplications for 2014 are now closed, though events are still ongoing (look for them in our statewide calendar).

Learn more about Vermont Reads Wonder


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