Ready to broaden your reading horizons? Every year we offer up fresh reading prompts as part of our #BroaderBookshelf reading challenge. Use these staff recommendations and reviews to get started, and don't forget to check out our special events and author visits related to the challenge. 

 

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#BroaderBookshelf 2021: Independent Press Biography

Fulfill the "read a book published by a Small or Independent Press" prompt with these biographies This list is part of the #BroaderBookshelf 2021 reading challenge. Find more lists here.
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#BroaderBookshelf 2021: New Press Biography

Fulfill the "read a book published by a Small or Independent Press" prompt with these biographies from New Press.  This list is part of the #BroaderBookshelf 2021 reading challenge. Find more lists here.  
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#BroaderBookshelf 2021:Read a Book by a Journalist (Fiction)

One of our prompts for the 2021 #BroaderBookshelf Challenge is to read a book by a journalist, but if nonfiction is not your game then try your hand at these fiction offerings.   There are some great middle grade titles here if you want to try your hand at something different or if you have a kiddo with whom you would like to share the reading experience.
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#BroaderBookshelf 2021:Read a Book by a Journalist (Nonfiction)

Here is a list of nonfiction books that will help you complete the 2021 #BroaderBookshelf prompt of reading a book by a journalist.  These were the titles that didn't make it onto the other Read a Book by a Journalist lists...here you'll find books about a host of other subjects including business, food, music, sports and travel.
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#BroaderBookshelf 2021: Akashic Noir

Fulfill the "read a book published by a Small or Independent Press" prompt with these Akashic Books titles. This list is part of the #BroaderBookshelf 2021 reading challenge. Find more lists here.
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#BroaderBookshelf 2021:Read a Book by a Journalist (Histories)

One of the reading prompts for the 2021 #BroaderBookshelf Challenge is to read a book by a journalist.  Here's a list of histories to get you started.  In these offerings you will find intricate plotting, fast and slow pacing, compelling writing, thorough research and rich detail.  Enjoy the challenge!
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Being Vietnamese-American

For Asian-American/Pacific Islander Heritage Month, representation matters in our books.

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#BroaderBookshelf 2021: Local Presses

Fulfill the "read a book published by a Small or Independent Press" prompt with these titles from regional presses.  This list is part of the #BroaderBookshelf 2021 reading challenge. Find more lists here.
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#BroaderBookshelf 2021: Mysteries from Soho Press

Fulfill the "read a book published by a Small or Independent Press" prompt with these mysteries from Soho Press. This list is part of the #BroaderBookshelf 2021 reading challenge. Find more lists here.
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#BroaderBookshelf 2021: Independent Press Mysteries

Fulfill the "read a book published by a Small or Independent Press" prompt with these mysteries. This list is part of the #BroaderBookshelf 2021 reading challenge. Find more lists here.
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#BroaderBookshelf 2021 - Antihero's and Villains as the protagonist

Do you believe there's always an "other" side to each story?  Well here they are. Read some titles that talk about the perspective of the villain or an antihero. Some are tricksters and some are downright murderers. All are darkly enjoyable.   Learn more about the Broader Bookshelf challenge and see more lists here.
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#BroaderBookshelf 2021: New Press Poetry

Fulfill the "read a book published by a Small or Independent Press" prompt with these books of poetry from New Press.  This list is part of the #BroaderBookshelf 2021 reading challenge. Find more lists here.
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#BroaderBookshelf 2021: Graywolf Poetry

Fulfill the "read a book published by a Small or Independent Press" prompt with these poetry books from Soho Press. This list is part of the #BroaderBookshelf 2021 reading challenge. Find more lists here.
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The Asian & Asian American Experience through Novels for Middle Grade and Teens

For many children the first glimpse into the lives of others is through books. Taking time to read about, learn and appreciate others' differences is a stepping stone to equality, inclusion and acceptance of all. The booklist below focuses on novels for middle grade readers and teens about the Asian and Asian American experience in hopes of being able to create a window into the lives of others.
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The Asian & Asian American Experience in Picture Books

As important as having the hard conversations about racism, hate and discrimination with children is, they are very difficult topics to discuss. Taking time to learn about and appreciate others' differences is a stepping stone to equality, inclusion and acceptance of all. The booklist below focuses on picture books about the Asian and Asian American experience in hopes of being able to create a window into the lives of others.
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#BroaderBookshelf 2021: New Press Fiction

Fulfill the "read a book published by a Small or Independent Press" prompt with these fiction titles from New Press.  This list is part of the #BroaderBookshelf 2021 reading challenge. Find more lists here.
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#BroaderBookshelf 2021 - March Staff Suggestions

Find your next favorite book and fulfill the #BroaderBookshelf 2021 prompt to "Read a book suggested by a Library staff member" with these personal recommendations from our colleagues!

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#BroaderBookshelf 2021: Akashic Fiction

Fulfill the "read a book published by a Small or Independent Press" prompt with these titles from Akashic Books.  This list is part of the #BroaderBookshelf 2021 reading challenge. Find more lists here.  
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#BroaderBookshelf 2021: Graywolf Fiction

Fulfill the "read a book published by a Small or Independent Press" prompt with these fiction titles from Graywolf Press.  This list is part of the #BroaderBookshelf 2021 reading challenge. Find more lists here.
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Read Woke Across America Week

Let’s show out children a world where everyone does not look the same, worship the same, or even think the same—and that this is the beauty of the world. Let’s teach them that in spite of our differences, we’re more alike than different, and learning brings us closer together. Let’s join together and Read WOKE Across America!

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#BroaderBookshelf 2021: The Feminist Press

Fulfill the "read a book published by a Small or Independent Press" prompt with these titles from The Feminist Press.  This list is part of the #BroaderBookshelf 2021 reading challenge. Find more lists here.
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#BroaderBookshelf 2021: Fiction from Soho Press

Fulfill the "read a book published by a Small or Independent Press" prompt with these fiction titles from Soho Press.  This list is part of the #BroaderBookshelf 2021 reading challenge. Find more lists here.
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Read Woke Across America Week: Woke Books for Tweens & Teens

Are you looking for a way to #ReadWoke Across America? This booklist will help guide you to finding great books for tweens and teens that challenge the status quo and gives representation to the underrepresented and/or oppressed. Read Woke Across America Week starts the first week of March in honor of Zero Discrimination Day. 
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Read Woke Across America Week: Picture Books

"So many picture books have powerful messages about immigration, racism, and other social justice issues. From English Language Learners to high school students and those with learning disabilities, all can benefit from picture books." -Cicely Lewis (Read Woke creator) Read Woke Across America Week starts the first week of March in honor of Zero Discrimination Day. 
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#BroaderBookshelf 2021 - Young Adult Romance Novels

Fulfill the "Read a Romance Novel" prompt for this year's Broader Bookshelf challenge with one of these young adult romances!  They're great books for teens and they also have a lot of crossover appeal for adults.  All of the subgenres in adult romance appear in YA romance as well, so you're sure to find something you love here!
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#BroaderBookshelf 2021 - Romantic Suspense

Fulfill the "Read a Romance Novel" prompt for this year's Broader Bookshelf challenge with one of these romantic suspense novels!  Romantic suspense books still have a central romance plot, but they also have a thriller or suspense element that shares the spotlight.
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#BroaderBookshelf 2021: Independent Press Essays

Fulfill the "read a book published by a Small or Independent Press" prompt with these essay collections. This list is part of the #BroaderBookshelf 2021 reading challenge. Find more lists here.
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#BroaderBookshelf 2021 - Contemporary Romance Novels

Fulfill the "Read a Romance Novel" prompt for this year's Broader Bookshelf challenge with one of these contemporary romances.  A contemporary romance is set in the time it was written in, but can be about anything - this list has books about cowboys, cosplayers, yarn store owners, and princes!  (A surprising number of princes.)  
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#OwnVoices: Bring On the Blessings (Book #1 of Blessings series)

When a post-Reconstruction African-American community succumbs to a desperate need for funds and purpose, its mayor puts the small town up for sale and finds a buyer in Bernardine Brown, who believes the town's sale to be a sign from God. 🏠🏠

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#BroaderBookshelf 2021 - Historical Romance Novels

Fulfill the "Read a Romance Novel" prompt for this year's Broader Bookshelf challenge with one of these historical romances!  They're set in a wide variety of times and places (it's not all Regency!), so you're sure to find one that makes your heart sing!
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#BroaderBookshelf 2021: Independent Press History

Fulfill the "read a book published by a Small or Independent Press" prompt with these history titles. This list is part of the #BroaderBookshelf 2021 reading challenge. Find more lists here.
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#BroaderBookshelf 2021: Central America

Fulfill the "Read a book written by a Central or South American author" prompt with these titles set in Central America. This list is part of the #BroaderBookshelf 2021 reading challenge.  Find more lists here. Find additional titles on ebook
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#BroaderBookshelf 2021: South America

Fulfill the "Read a book written by a Central or South American author" prompt with these titles set in Bolivia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Suriname. This list is part of the #BroaderBookshelf 2021 reading challenge.  Find more lists here. Find additional titles on ebook
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#BroaderBookshelf 2021: One Word Titles from Independent Presses

Double-down on your #BroaderBookshelf prompts to "read a book with a one word title" and "read a book published by a Small or Independent Press" with these one word titles from small or independent presses. This list is part of the #BroaderBookshelf 2021 reading challenge. Find more lists here.
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#BroaderBookshelf 2021: Venezuela

Fulfill the "Read a book written by a Central or South American author" prompt with these titles set in Venezuela. This list is part of the #BroaderBookshelf 2021 reading challenge.  Find more lists here. Find additional titles on ebook
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#BroaderBookshelf 2021: Uruguay

Fulfill the "Read a book written by a Central or South American author" prompt with these titles set in Uruguay. This list is part of the #BroaderBookshelf 2021 reading challenge.  Find more lists here.
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#BroaderBookshelf 2021: Peru

Fulfill the "Read a book written by a Central or South American author" prompt with these titles set in Peru. This list is part of the #BroaderBookshelf 2021 reading challenge.  Find more lists here. Find additional titles on ebook
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#BroaderBookshelf 2021: Guyana

Fulfill the "Read a book written by a Central or South American author" prompt with these titles set in Guyana. This list is part of the #BroaderBookshelf 2021 reading challenge.  Find more lists here. Find additional titles on ebook.
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#BroaderBookshelf 2021: Social Science from Independent Presses

Double-down on your #BroaderBookshelf prompts to "read a Social Science book" and "read a book published by a Small or Independent Press" with these social science books from small or independent presses. This list is part of the #BroaderBookshelf 2021 reading challenge. Find more lists here.
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#BroaderBookshelf 2021: Colombia

Fulfill the "Read a book written by a Central or South American author" prompt with these titles set in Colombia. This list is part of the #BroaderBookshelf 2021 reading challenge.  Find more lists here. Find additional titles on ebook
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#BroaderBookshelf 2021: Chile

Fulfill the "Read a book written by a Central or South American author" prompt with these titles set in Chile. This list is part of the #BroaderBookshelf 2021 reading challenge.  Find more lists here. Find additional titles on ebook.   
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#BroaderBookshelf 2021: Brazil

Fulfill the "Read a book written by a Central or South American author" prompt with these titles set in Brazil.    This list is part of the #BroaderBookshelf 2021 reading challenge.  Find more lists here. Find additional titles on ebook. 
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#BroaderBookshelf 2021: Argentina

Fulfill the "Read a book written by a Central or South American author" prompt with these titles set in Argentina. This list is part of the #BroaderBookshelf 2021 reading challenge.  Find more lists here. Find additional titles on ebook.
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#BroaderBookshelf 2021: Independent Press Science Fiction

Fulfill the "read a book published by a Small or Independent Press" prompt with these sci-fi titles. This list is part of the #BroaderBookshelf 2021 reading challenge. Find more lists here. Find additional titles on ebook