Big D Reads is a community service project designed to immerse Dallas in a shared reading experience. A featured book is chosen, and companion books with similar or related themes are selected in order to engage all ages in the experience.
Dallas Public Library and the Friends of the Dallas Public Library are organizing the effort with significant contributions by multiple community partners, particularly the Dallas Holocaust Museum Center for Education and Tolerance and the Dallas Independent School District.
The 2016 book choice is Anne Frank’s Diary of a Young Girl, a book many remember reading in school and is part of the current 8th/9th grade curriculum. For younger readers, Dr. Seuss’s The Sneetches and Lois Lowry’s Number the Stars capture similar themes, while adults will enjoy In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson.
During the month of April 2016, Big D Reads will conduct dozens of special events inspired by the book, including an opening event, a closing event, poetry slams, educational events/speakers, DISD enrichment programs, movie screenings, and as many other community interactions as budget allows.