Common Reads programs promote literacy, create community, and encourage reflection.

Selecting the right title is only the first step toward making your program a success; publisher support is also essential. Penguin Random House is here to ensure that your program runs smoothly and successfully, and that your needs and requests are handled in a thorough and efficient manner.

This site was designed with three audiences in mind:

  • First-Year Reading (FYR) is tailored toward common reading at the university/college first year level. To visit the themes and titles associated with FYR, please click here.
  • Community Reads for Adults engage an entire community in a common reading experience. To visit the themes and titles associated, click here.
  • Community & School Reads for Children and Young Adults promote literacy and foster a sense of community as a grade, school, town, or city read the same book and participate in discussions and related activities during the school year or for summer reading. The programs require books with big ideas that will engage young readers. For a list of titles and associated themes, click here.

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