Vermont Humanities

Vermont Reads

A Statewide Community Reading Program
Author Katherine Paterson with student
Vermont Reads

Since 2003, Vermont Humanities has invited students, adults, and seniors across the state to read the same book and participate in a wide variety of community activities related to the book’s themes. In 2021, we shifted this annual program to start each year on July 1.

Over 200 different Vermont towns, cities, and villages have participated in Vermont Reads to date. Schools, libraries, service organizations, churches, businesses, or other community-based organizations can start by filling out a brief application.

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Vermont Reads 2022: The Most Costly Journey

Vermont Reads is a statewide, one-book reading program. Communities host programs related to the book’s themes. “The Most Costly Journey” is the Vermont Reads book from July 2022 through June 2023. It’s an anthology of comics that depict the oral histories of migrant workers who traveled from southern Mexico and Central America to work on Vermont farms.

Boy on We Contain Multitudes cover

Vermont Reads 2021: We Contain Multitudes

Vermont Reads is a statewide, one-book reading program. Communities host programs related to the book’s themes. “We Contain Multitudes” by Sarah Henstra is the Vermont Reads book from July 2021 through June 2022.

Author Katherine Paterson with student

Vermont Reads Past Picks

A list of the books selected since 2003 for our state-wide community reading program.

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Every North American should read this book in order to understand the disturbing degree to which we all depend on the self-sacrifice of these workers. El Viaje Más Caro is a profound act of witness.

Alison Bechdel
Author of "Fun Home"

Vermont Reads 2022

The Most Costly Journey (El Viaje Más Caro)

Our Vermont Reads 2022 choice tells the stories of 19 immigrant farm workers in Vermont in their own words. Illustrated by New England cartoonists in a variety of styles, each short chapter describes aspects of life as an immigrant worker: crossing the southern border, struggling with English, adapting to winter, growing gardens, raising children, dealing with health crises, and working long hours.

LEARN MORE ABOUT VERMONT READS 2022

Vermont Humanities won one of two 2020 Schwartz Prizes for best public humanities programming in the U.S. for Vermont Reads 2019: March: Book One.

Learn More about this award

Rep. John Lewis and Andrew Aydin with students in front of a schoolbus

Upcoming Vermont Reads Events

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Live Event

Vermont Reads 2022 Kickoff Discussion

Join three people central to the creation of The Most Costly Journey for a discussion about migration, farming, mental health, cartooning, and the Latinx farmworker experience in Vermont.

Vermont Reads Supporters

Vermont Humanities is grateful to the underwriter of Vermont Reads 2021, Jan Blomstrann, and for the support of the Jack & Dorothy Byrne Foundation.

Vermont Humanities*** November 16, 2014