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Read Across Texas: Empathy

The Texas Center for the Book (TCFB) invites libraries and readers statewide to join in its 2023 reading campaign. Read Across Texas: Empathy. Libraries may use our resources to register their programs and facilitate reading and discussion opportunities exploring what “empathy” could mean within their communities.

Read Across Texas: Empathy will offer libraries a broad canvas for convening individuals and groups to explore the unique questions, challenges and solidarity that can occur in communities throughout the state. During the recent years of difficulties, division, isolation, and loss, the TCFB recognizes the importance of sharing our stories to build understanding and support. Literature—by definition a way of sharing in a story other than our own—can be one of the many routes to empathy.

For more information visit our Frequently Asked Questions Page

Book Selections

The four chosen book selections that give communities a platform to engage in challenging, insightful, and transformative conversations include:

“These four titles provide a wonderful jumping-off point for communities statewide to explore this year’s theme of ‘empathy’ through literature.” said Gloria Meraz, TSLAC Director and Librarian, Texas State Library and Archives Commission. “This is a fantastic opportunity for libraries to be sites of community, empathy, and transformation through the power of reading.”

For more information on the selected titles visit our Book Selections page

2023 Read Across Texas Activities

Participating libraries may access our how-to guide and resources including empathy-specific discussion questions

View Past Programs and Resources:

Book People Partnerships

The Texas Center for the Book is grateful for our partnership with BookPeople and the Texas Library and Archives Foundation for Read Across Texas: Empathy. BookPeople accepted donations through their website, with all funds going directly to support book grants for libraries. They are also generously providing book distribution across the state for grant.

 “BookPeople is excited for the opportunity to partner with the Texas Center for the Book on this amazing program that puts free books into the hands of Texans for important conversations,” said Charley Rejsek, BookPeople CEO. “The 2023 theme of empathy could not have come at a more timely moment. We are happy to be able to support our community bound by books in this partnership, with hope to grow it in the years to come.”

Texans can also support future programs directly by donating to the Texas Library and Archives Foundation.

A Letter Encouraging Library Participation in Read Across Texas: Empathy

Letter Encouraging Library Participation in Read Across Texas from Director and Librarian Gloria Meraz (PDF) 

Page last modified: March 21, 2023