Announcing the 2020 Discover Great Places Through Reading Selection

Announcing the 2020 Discover Great Places Through Reading Selection

North Carolina Center for the Book Announces Selection for 2020 Discover Great Places Through Reading

Great Reads About Great PlacesReading list highlights the literary heritage of 53 affiliate Centers for the Book.

Charlotte, NC (August 18, 2020) The North Carolina Humanities Council, home to the North Carolina Center for the Book, announced today that it will feature My N.C. from A to Z, written by Michelle Lanier and illustrated by Dare Coulter, as the 2020 Discover Great Places Through Reading selection. Annually, the list of books selected is featured during the National Book Festival. My N.C. from A to Z celebrates pride of place, creates connections to North Carolina's rich African American heritage, and teaches children about human equality and social justice.

Now in its eighteenth year, Discover Great Places Through Reading highlights books for children and young readers.  The list of featured books is compiled by the network of 53 affiliate Centers for the Book and featured during the National Book Festival.  The 20th annual Library of Congress National Book Festival will celebrate “American Ingenuity” in 2020, featuring the creativity and inspiration of some of the nation’s most gifted authors in a reimagined virtual festival the weekend of Sept. 25-27. 

The North Carolina African American Heritage Commission has been honored to work with author Michelle Lanier and illustrator Dare Coulter as well as the N.C. State Office of Archives and History to publish this work. It provides young people and families with an introduction to African American achievement, by sharing the stories of prominent historical figures such as Nina Simone and Ella Baker, along with other important people from North Carolina’s African American history and culture that families may not be as familiar with.

"The book celebrates and explores the rich African American history, arts, and culture of North Carolina. Hearing the stories of what people have been able to accomplish despite all odds, makes me stand up straight,” says author Michelle Lanier. “They inspire me and make me dare to do more. They give me hope!”

The full list of 2020 featured books and a map of participating Centers for the Book is available at http://read.gov/greatreads/

About Discover Great Places Through Reading and the National Book Festival:

Every year, a list of books representing the literary heritage of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico is distributed by the Library of Congress's Center for the Book during the National Book Festival. Each book is selected by a Center for the Book affiliate and most are for children and young readers. Books may be written by authors from, take place in, or celebrate the culture and heritage of the center affiliate. The Library of Congress National Book Festival is an annual literary event that brings together best-selling authors and thousands of book fans for author talks, panel discussions, book signings and other activities

About the North Carolina Humanities Council:

The North Carolina Humanities Council is a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Through grant-making and public humanities programs, the Council serves as an advocate for lifelong learning and thoughtful dialogue about our shared human experience. The Council operates the North Carolina Center for the Book, an affiliate program of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. To learn more, visit www.nchumanities.org.

About the North Carolina Center for the Book:

The North Carolina Center for the Book is a program of the North Carolina Humanities Council and is an affiliate of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. Through a variety of program formats and initiatives, the NC Center works to foster an interest in books, reading, libraries, and North Carolina’s literary heritage. The North Carolina Humanities Council began operating the NC Center in 2018. The State Library of North Carolina is a lead sponsor of the NC Center’s activities. To learn more, visit www.nchumanities.org.

About the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress:

The Library’s Center for the Book, established by Congress in 1977 to stimulate public interest in books and reading, is a national force for reading and literacy promotion. A public-private partnership, it sponsors educational programs that reach readers of all ages through its affiliated centers, collaborations with nonprofit reading-promotion partners and through its Poetry and Literature Center at the Library of Congress. For more information, visit www.Read.gov.