Henderson State University inaugurated the Reddie Read program in fall 2006 with Khaled Hosseini's The Kite Runner. Through reading and discussing a common book, everyone on campus has the opportunity to engage in formal and informal discussions about issues of importance in today's world.
Each year, the book will be discussed in Henderson Seminar. Incoming freshmen will be given a copy of that year's selected title during Heart Start and subsequent summer and fall registrations. A series of events related to the selected book, open to everyone, will occur through the first half of the semester.
The selected title for the Reddie Read will meet the following criteria:
- It must be readable, relevant, and engaging for students.
- It should be capable of being used in several areas of the curriculum.
- Preference will be given to books by living authors willing to speak on campus, although other speakers may be brought instead.
- Books commonly used in high school curricula will not be adopted as the Reddie Read.
We invite and encourage everyone to read the books and to attend this year's events!
Fall 2019 Reddie Read Nominees
- The Best We Could Do: An Illustrated Memoir, by Thi Bui
- Trampoline: An Illustrated Novel, by Robert Gipe
- The 15:17 to Paris, by Anthony Sadler, Alek Skarlatos, Spencer Stone, and Jeffrey E. Stern