NEA Big Read Lakeshore

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2020 Launch Big Read Preview Post

Each November we participate in a reading program called NEA Big Read Lakeshore. This is a program created out of Hope College with the intent to get multiple communities to read the same book and discuss it. There is an adult book, a middle school (tween) book, and a children's book selected that covers similar themes so everyone in your family can be a part of the conversation! Partial funding for our Big Read Lakeshore comes from the NEA Big Read, a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. 

Why this Big Read book?

In the Heart of the Sea by Nathaniel Philbrick won the 2000 National Book Award for Nonfiction and was on the New York Times bestseller list for 40 weeks. The book tells the harrowing story of the Nantucket-based whaler “Essex,” which was rammed and sunk by a sperm whale in the South Pacific. The 20 crew members drifted for more than 90 days in three tiny whaleboats, succumbing to weather, hunger and disease, and ultimately turning to drastic measures in the fight for survival. The NEA Big Read Lakeshore is excited to discuss themes of survival, sustaibability, adventure and exploration as a part of their 2020 program.

In the Heart of the Sea (Young Reader's Edition) by Nathaniel Philbrick was written by Philbrick to be a companion to In the Heart of the Sea. It is exciting that the Big Read and Middle Read will be reading together! Galapagos Girl is a bilingual non-fiction picture book centered on young Valentina, who enjoys her life on the Galapagos Islands, where she spends her days outside observing the natural world around her, greeting sea lions splashing on the shore, scampering over lava rocks with Sally-lightfoot crabs and swimming with manta rays. When she learns that her wild companions are under threat, she vows to help protect them and the islands. It will be exciting to encourage our little readers to explore the world around us and learn the importance of protecting its beauty.

The NEA Big Read Lakeshore has released the following statement about their plans for the 2020 program:

"The health and safety of our reading community is our top priority. In light of the global spread of the COVID-19 virus, the NEA Big Read Lakeshore 2020 will take place virtually. We are excited about the opportunity to introduce our readers to speakers and organizations from across the country and around the world. For our seventh year, we are back and bigger than ever! Please stay tuned for our event and program schedule. For more information, please reference our website: bigreadlakeshore.com."

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In the Heart of the Sea Big Read Book Cover
In the Heart of the Sea Young Readers Edition Middle Read Book Cover
Galapagos Girl Little Read Book Cover

2020 Big Read Book Selections

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Adult Book Selection

This year's Adult book is In the Heart of the Sea, by Nathaniel Philbrick. 

In the Heart of the Sea won the 2000 National Book Award for Nonfiction and was on the New York Times bestseller list for 40 weeks. The book tells the harrowing story of the Nantucket-based whaler "Essex" which was rammed and sunk by a sperm whale in the South Pacific. The 20 crew members drifted for more than 90 days in three tiny whaleboats, succumbing to weather, hunger and disease, and ultimately turning to drastic measures in the fight for survival. 

Tween Book

This year's Tween book is In the Heart of the Sea: The True Story of the Whaleship Essex, by Nathaniel Philbrick.

Our middle grade novel is In the Heart of the Sea (Young Readers Edition), written by Philbrick as a companion to In the Heart of the Sea.

Children's Book

This year's Children's book is Galápagos Girl, by Marsha Diane Arnold. 

For Valentina, living on the Galápagos islands means spending her days outside, observing the natural world around her. She greets sea lions splashing on the shore, scampers over lava rocks with Sally-lightfoot crabs, and swims with manta rays. She is a Galápagos girl, and there is no other place she’d rather be! But this wondrous world is fragile, and when Valentina learns her wild companions are under threat, she vows to help protect them and the islands. Whimsical illustrations by Pura Belpré Honoree Angela Dominguez transport readers to the unique Galápagos islands, which shelter a number of diverse plant and animal species that can be found nowhere else on the planet. Come discover this beautiful world with Valentina and her animal friends!