The Big Read

It's time once again for Princeton LOVES the Big Read!

This year's Big Read will focus on American Indian literature and artwork. The selected book for grades 7-12 is The Sky Watched: Poems of Ojibwe Lives by Linda Grover Students in grade six will read When Thunders Spoke by Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve. Students in grades pre-k through 5 will read Sky Sisters by Jan Bourdeau Waboose.

Thanks to a generous grant from the East Central Regional Arts Council, we are able to provide 150 books per grade for 6th, 7th and 8th graders, 150 books for 9-12 grade and 40 books for Student Services. There will also be books available to give away to students who want them. In addition, grades pre-K through 5 will receive books in their classroom in order to participate. Two years ago we were able to bring the author of the Big Read book to Princeton, and we are fortunate to be able to do so again this year. Author Linda Grover will be visiting the Middle School and High School to work with students on poetry lessons.

This year's Big Read will also include an art component! Birchbark artist Pat Kruse will be working with students on a birchbark project. Once the project is completed, the piece will be hung at Fairview Northland in Princeton.

Princeton Loves the Big Read will end with a Poetry Slam on March 2 at 7 pm at the Performing Arts Center. Author Linda Grover will kick off the event by reading some of her own work, and students will participate by reading their own poetry. The birchbark art created by students with the help of Pat Kruse will also be on display. Stay tuned for more details on the Poetry Slam!

2020 Book Selections

Cover image of The Sky Watched book
Cover image of When Thunders spoke book
Cover image of Sky Sisters book

During Love to Read month in February, Princeton Public Schools will host The Big Read. Every student in the district, Pre-K through 12, will have the opportunity to read a book that celebrates the Native Experience through art.

We invite you to read any or all of the books along with students. Reading a common book together will spark a community-wide conversation and will begin to establish a culture of literacy in every home.

Logo for East Central Regional Arts Council

This activity is made possible in part by a grant from the East Central Regional Arts Council with funds appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature from its general fund.

Help us fund The Big Read!

Donations welcome at the Princeton District Center, or checks can made payable and be mailed to:

District 477
706 1st Street
Princeton, MN 55371

Electronic donations can be made by visiting the Webstore.