​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​2023 NEA Big Read Featured N​ovels

Patricia Engel is the author of Infinite Country, an instant New York Times Bestseller, Washington Post Notable Book of the Year, Reese's Book Club pick, Esquire Book Club and Book of the Month Club pick, Indie Next pick, Amazon Best Book of the Year, named a National Endowment for the Arts Big Read, and more. Infinite Country is the winner of the New American Voices Award and was longlisted for the Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction.

Onjali Q. Raúf is an award winning and bestselling children’s author and activist. Her books are especially noteworthy for helping the children of today understand and deal with a range of issues in a narrative that they can relate to in an engaging way. Her debut book, The Boy at the Back of the Class, was met with critical acclaim whose awards include the 2019 Blue Peter Book Award and Waterstones Children’s Book Prize.

Yuyi Morales was born in Xalapa, Mexico. The influence of her Mexican birthright and culture is evident in all of her titles and helps to identify the power of heritage in the work of children’s picture books. Her family was made of avid storytellers, which laid a foundation of creative communication from the beginning of Yuyi’s life. Yuyi’s stories are heavily influenced by her upbringing in Mexico and give poignant insight from an immigrant’s perspective. Dreamers, speaks to this experience and topic especially.

Free Books

You can receive a free copy of Infinite Country by Patricia Engel, The Boy in the Back of the Class by Onjali Q. Raúf, and Dreamers by Yuyi Morales at participating libraries while supplies last. Books are also available in various formats in our online c​atalog​​.​


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NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) in partnership with Arts Midwest. Additional sponsorship is provided by the Broward Public​ Library Foundation.​


NEA Big Read Comes to Broward County Library in January 2023, 11/15/2022​

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