Mass has a page on our site for our selections ... and we are working to backfill with linked pages to tell the story of each book as a component of early literacy ...

I do think it's great to link to the LOC page but that this page is going to give us the place to develop the project a bit more.  


Sharon Shaloo, Executive Director
Mass Center for the Book 
617.872.3718 (office)

On Tue, May 31, 2022 at 12:14 PM Jim Davis <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

To all,


I thought you might enjoy seeing the Louisiana Great Reads chronology with cover images we’ve created in case you might want to do something similar for your state.  The numbers weren’t adding up to 20 until I realized one Louisiana book was selected two years in a row for some reason. 


It has been useful for various reports and just for showing one way we support Louisiana authors and books.  Besides, I just like looking at it.  As new authors are added, they enjoy seeing their books and names added to the document.


Don’t ask me how Breach of Faith was chosen, though an excellent book about Katrina; that was the year before my time at the State Library of Louisiana CFB.  Maybe the thought was that it was suitable for YA and mature MG as recent history of the event they lived through.


We’ll be adding When I Was an Alligator by Gayle Webre as this year’s selection.





Jim Davis

Director of the Louisiana Center for the Book

State Library of Louisiana

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Baton Rouge, LA 70802-5232
Phone: 225-342-9714 / Fax: 225-219-9840


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From: Center for the Book state centers communication <[log in to unmask]> On Behalf Of Lamolinara, Guy
Sent: Friday, May 27, 2022 3:32 PM
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Subject: Re: Great Reads from Great Places 20th Anniversary?


All—Sharon is right. We began the Great Reads lists for the second NBF, in 2002, so 2021 was the 20th time we did so.


Here are the lists of all previous titles:




From: Center for the Book state centers communication <[log in to unmask]> On Behalf Of Sharon Shaloo
Sent: Friday, May 27, 2022 3:18 PM
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Subject: Re: Great Reads from Great Places 20th Anniversary?


Last year 2021 was the 20th year.   Pretty sure we mentioned that as we were planning the first year of videos.  I know we used that info in our press releases 




On Fri, May 27, 2022, 3:12 PM Donald Boozer <[log in to unmask]> wrote:



Someone may very well have mentioned this before, but I personally just realized that this is the 20th Anniversary of the Great Reads from Great Places. Right? Did the initiative start in 2002? I didn't see anything earlier than that year at


If so, this really is the perfect year to begin to include adult selections.


Wishing everyone a good Memorial Day Weekend.




Don Boozer

Manager, Literature Department | Homebound Services

Coordinator, The Ohio Center for the Book

Cleveland Public Library

325 Superior Avenue NE | Cleveland, OH 44114
P: 216-902-4947


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