What is The Reader Bookshelf?
The Reader Bookshelf is an annual programme of carefully curated literature to support all of our reading-based work and the wider Reading Revolution. It’s a way of forging connections between our supporters, volunteers, staff and readers using a shared constellation of literature. The Bookshelf includes a diverse range of fiction, plays, non-fictional prose, anthologies, poems, and short stories, for readers young and old, all linked by theme that changes annually.
This year’s theme is ‘Weathering the Storm’.
Weathering the Storm
Our world is facing tough times. The cost of living crisis, conflicts around the globe, concerns over climate change and our environment are all things that feel big, frightening and beyond our control.
We’re turning to the books, poems and stories which explore how humans endure stormy times, and we’ve selected 24 titles for adults, children and young people that offer understanding, refuge and space to think through the changeable weather of our lives.
Throughout the year, The Reader will be offering events and resources to guide you through an enriching reading experience with our new Bookshelf. You can buy some of the books from this year’s Bookshelf in our online store or in our Calderstones Bookshop.
Janet’s Repentance by George Eliot
A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J Gaines
Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell
Potiki by Patricia Grace
Small Island Andrea Levy
Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiari
Waiting for the Evening News by Tim Gautreaux
Stressed, Unstressed ed. by J. Bate and P. Byrne
This Same Sky: A Collection of Poetry from around the World
ed.by Naomi Shihab Nye
The Divine Comedy by Dante
A Year with Rilke by Rainer Maria Rilke
King Lear by William Shakespeare
Almost Anything by Sophy Henn
Holding On by Sophia N. Lee
Saving the Butterfly by Helen Cooper
Grandad’s Camper by Harry Woodgate
Who Will Comfort Toffle? by Tove Jansson
Freedom by Catherine Johnson
Floodlands by Marcus Sedgwick
A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Young Adult Fiction
Brock Series by Anthony McGowan
The Crossing by Manjeet Mann
Poems to Live Your Life By ed. by Chris Riddell
Courage Out Loud ed. by Joseph Coelho
Programmes & Events
The Reader Bookshelf will come to life in a special programme of events, including outdoor, craft, heritage and wellbeing events, and of course, Shared Reading. Go to the ‘Something More’ tab for the latest news.
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