Welcome to
Great Lakes, Great Read!

Welcome to the “one book, one community” program designed to inspire passion and connection to the Great Lakes Watershed through reading. Whether you live near the Great Lakes or far away, their beauty, history, and significance are impossible to ignore. They’ve been home to 120 bands of Indigenous people, provided drinking water for millions, held flourishing biodiversity and 20% of the world’s surface freshwater and more. By diving into this project, you are deepening your connection to a system that shaped the U.S. and Canada, and continues to sculpt stories today.


Great Lakes, Great Read Shared-Reading Initiative Announces Book Selections

As part of today’s Earth Day commemorations, the Wisconsin Water Library at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Wisconsin Library Association announced the books selected for a basin-wide shared-reading experience, Great Lakes, Great Read.

2024 / 2025 Book Selections

The Great Lakes, Great Read book selections will take you on tales of water, wonder, and more. Learn about the authors and dive into discussion questions.

Host your own Great Lakes, Great Read

This toolkit will guide you in connecting your community to the water, words, and wonder necessary to complete this project.

Did You Know?

About the Great Lakes