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#DCPSReads Summer Book Club Series

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DC Public Schools is launching its first-ever, citywide book club! Join Chancellor Alexander for empowering conversations for students, parents, and community members aligned to what our values and the issues that our communities encounter each day.

Every book club event will feature discussion around three diverse book selections that will interest, challenge, and develop our knowledge of one another and the world. Together, we will explore themes of race, ethnicity, and culture; gender identity and empowerment; and the joys of learning and discovery.


Race, Ethnicity, and Culture:

  • Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson (Adult)
  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (Young Adult)
  • Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena (Children’s)

Join us online for a Twitter Chat about Just Mercy, The Hate U Give, and Last Stop on Market Street on June 19 from 4 – 5 pm. Follow @DCPSChancellor and submit your questions or thoughts using #DCPSReads.

Join us on June 19 from 6 – 7:30 pm at Brookland Middle School to discuss the themes of race, ethnicity, and culture with Chancellor Alexander, Councilman Grosso, and a panel of engaged educators. RSVP here.

Gender Identity and Empowerment:

  • Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Adult)
  • The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros (Young Adult)

Join us on July 18 from 6 – 7:30 pm at Leckie Education Campus to discuss the themes of gender identity and empowerment with Chancellor Alexander.

Learning and Discovery:

  • Going Public: Priorities and Practice at The Manhattan New School by Shelley Harwayn (Adult)
  • Ghost by Jason Reynolds (Young Adult)
  • ish by Peter H. Reynolds (Children’s)

Join us on August 7 from 6  – 7:30 pm to discuss the themes of learning and discovery with Chancellor Alexander.


  • Engage with Chancellor Alexander, community leaders, and authors at an in-person event.
  • RSVP to the Race, Ethnicity, and Culture Event at Brookland Middle School here.
  • Read the book club selections and share your thoughts or questions with @dcpublicschools on social media using #DCPSReads.
  • Participate in DC Public Library’s Summer Reading Challenge.
  • Start a book club in your local community at your school or public library.
  • Read with your family and friends.

DCPS will give away a limited number of books at upcoming district and school-level events. Copies of most book club selections are also available through DC Public Library.

For questions or additional information, contact [email protected].