The Big Read

The Big Read encourages communities to read, discuss, and celebrate one of 26 selections from American and world literature, such as The Great Gatsby and Their Eyes Were Watching God.  The program, a partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and Arts Midwest, offers grants and educational resources to support community Big Read projects.  To date, the NEA has funded more than 500 Big Read projects in towns and cities across all 50 states. Teacher’s guides for classroom use are available online at