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What is Project Lit?

Project Lit is a national, grassroots literacy movement committed to increasing access to high-quality, culturally relevant and sustaining books and to promoting a love of reading in schools and communities across America.

Project LIT is not just about books; it’s also about belonging. It’s about building a community of readers and writers. It’s about empowering our young people and providing our students with as many positive literacy experiences as possible through books that…

  • allow all students to see themselves in the pages.
  • communicate to all students that their voices and their stories matter—that they matter.
  • encourage us to write stories of our own.
  • spark important, necessary conversations.
  • remind us that we’re not alone.
  • inspire us to make a difference. inspire students to fall in love with reading again or for the first time.
Goals of Project Lit

EMPOWER our students as readers, writers and leaders

PROMOTE a love of reading in our schools and communities

NURTURE authentic reading identities by increasing access to high-quality books, building community and fostering a sense of belonging

CHAMPION young people and books that reflect their lived realities, communities and identities

ADVOCATE for literacy policies and practices that will build lifelong readers

SUPPORT AND INSPIRE one another as we improve our practice and pedagogy

READ, DISCUSS AND CELEBRATE books that make our students feel seen, heard, affirmed and valued

DEVELOP our cultural competence and EXPAND our thinking, regardless of individual starting point

AMPLIFY voices and stories of students and educators of color

REWRITE the narrative about which texts and authors are deemed worthy of academic study

PROVIDE students with as many positive literacy experiences as possible

Project Lit for High School

RESOURCES: pairs resources (activities, book guides, lesson plans, etc.) with book titles that further reading enjoyment, contextual knowledge, and educational relevance. Click the book cover image to see resources.

CULTURAL RELEVANCE: Looking for titles featuring Latinx characters or other underrepresented groups? Look for the "Cultural Experience" tags in the descriptions. 

DIGITAL ACCESS: Library Services can assign titles via OverDrive/Sora quickly and easily. Students can take notes inside the platform, export them to Google Drive or retrieve them in Sora even after the check-out period expires. Learn more about TAKING AND USING NOTES in Sora

Project Lit 

Titles in the Project Lit program are approved for extracurricular after-school program reading. 

Library Services can assign titles via OverDrive/Sora for 90 days quickly and easily. When students open the Overdrive/Sora app, the title will appear in their assignments at the top of the screen on "day one."

To request a title assignment, email

2020-21 High School Selections
The 57 BusThe 57 Bus all boys aren t blueAll Boys Aren't Blue allegedlyAllegedly anger is a giftAnger is a Gift aristotle and dante discover the secrets of the universeAristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe the astonishing color of afterThe Astonishing Color of After barely missing everythingBarely Missing Everything
born a crimeBorn a Crime children of blood and boneChildren of Blood and Bone clap when you landClap When You Land dragon hoopsDragon Hoops dread nationDread Nation here to stayHere to Stay hey kiddoHey, Kiddo

i am not your perfect mexican daughterI Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter

internmentInternment jackpot all bets are offJackpot All Bets Are Off just mercyJust Mercy let me hear a rhymeLet Me Hear a Rhyme like a love storyLike a Love Story love from a to zLove From A to Z
marrow thievesThe Marrow Thieves monday s not comingMonday's Not Coming monsterMonster not so pure and simpleNot So Pure and Simple nyxiaNyxia odd one outOdd One Out on the come upOn the Come Up
opposite of alwaysOpposite of Always patron saints of nothingPatron Saints of Nothing The Poet XThe Poet X pridePride the prince and the dressmakerThe Prince and the Dressmaker sadieSadie scytheScythe
shoutShout slaySlay speak graphic novelSpeak (Graphic Novel) stampedStamped they both die at the endThey Both Die at the End traditionTradition a very large expanse of seaA Very Large Expanse of Sea
we are not from hereWe Are Not From Here when i was the greatestWhen I was the Greatest with the fire on highWith the Fire on High