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Read Brave Saint Paul

OUR CLIMATE CRISIS

Read Brave Saint Paul is a new twist on the traditional city one-book program. Rather than a single book, the program revolves around a common theme relevant to our city. All readers — from our youngest children to our elders — are encouraged to engage in the program through reading, discussion, programming, and action. The 2020 Read Brave theme is “Our Climate Crisis.”

The current state of the environment affects all of us, from Saint Paul to countries across the globe. We have all played a part in how we got here, and we are all a part of the solution. Read Brave aims to unite residents around this topic — to seek understanding of the science, share stories about its impact, and work together toward solutions.

For 2020, The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline is the primary pick, and Climate Justice by Mary Robinson is the nonfiction pick. Learn more about Read Brave Kids below.

Read Brave Kids Voting

Read Brave Kids Voting

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  • The Digger and the Flower by Joseph Kuefler
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  • All the Water in the World by George Lyon and Katherine Tillotson
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  • Sea Bear: Journey for Survival by Lindsay Moore
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  • The Earth Book by Todd Parr
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  • Water is Water by Miranda Paul
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  • Hey, Water! by Antoinette Portis
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  • Life by Cynthia Rylant
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  • Thank You, Earth by April Pulley Sayre
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  • Buried Sunlight by Molly Bang and Penny Chisholm
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  • Merhorses and Bubbles by Asia Citro
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  • What is Climate Change by Gail Herman
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  • Mama Miti by Donna Jo Napoli
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  • Spring After Spring by Stephanie Roth Sisson
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  • If Polar Bears Disappeared by Lily Williams
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  • The End of the Wild by Nicole Helget
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  • Hoot by Carl Hiaasen
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  • Climate Migrants by Rebecca Hirsch
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  • Never Say Die by Will Hobbs
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  • Same Sun Here by Silas House and Neela Vaswani
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  • Me and Marvin Gardens by Amy Sarig King
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  • The Flooded Earth by Mardi McConnochie
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  • Better Off Undead by James Preller
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  • Bayou Magic by Jewell Parker Rhodes
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EVENTS

Featured Events

Phalen Freeze Fest

Feb 29th | 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Phalen Lakeside Activity Center
Bundle up and join us for the annual celebration of winter. Free and open to all! Activities include ice fishing, fire building, and more!

Read Brave: Conversations with Eric Holthaus

Mar 31st | 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Join us for a series of brave conversations about our climate crisis with local leaders and expert facilitators.

Get the latest Read Brave news.

BOOK SELECTIONS

The Marrow Thieves, by Canadian Métis author, Cherie Dimaline, is this year’s primary book selection. A 2018 Canada Reads finalist, the young-adult novel imagines a dystopian future where global warming has ravaged the earth and, with it, most people’s ability to dream. Indigenous people, who can still dream, are hunted for their marrow to create a serum for others. The story follows Frenchie, a teenager on the run. After his brother is captured, Frenchie must create an ad hoc family and fight to preserve his people.

Watch a short introductory 'hello' from Cherie Dimaline to readers in Saint Paul.

Access our reading and discussion guide.

Save the date! Dimaline will visit Saint Paul March 11-13, 2020.

Climate Justice: Hope, Resilience, and the Fight for a Sustainable Future, by Mary Robinson, the former President of Ireland, is this year’s nonfiction selection. Robinson gives voice to farmers, activists, and ordinary people worldwide who are facing the effects of the climate crisis with courage and innovation.  Her book acknowledges the hardship and uncertainty environmental degradation has had on traditional ways of life and celebrates the resilience of people who have worked for sustainable solutions.

Watch Mary Robinson's TED Talk on "Why Climate Change is a Threat to Human Rights."

Access our reading and discussion guide.

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We're excited to announce the 2020 Read Brave Kids book picks. Read Brave Kids empowers young readers and artists by engaging in fun reading activities that celebrate kids' choice, gaining a voice, and engaging in brave conversations with their communities.

Read Brave Kids 2020

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  • The Digger and the Flower by Joseph Kuefler
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  • All the Water in the World by George Lyon and Katherine Tillotson
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  • Sea Bear: Journey for Survival by Lindsay Moore
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  • The Earth Book by Todd Parr
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  • Water is Water by Miranda Paul
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  • Hey, Water! by Antoinette Portis
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  • Life by Cynthia Rylant
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  • Thank You, Earth by April Pulley Sayre
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  • Buried Sunlight by Molly Bang and Penny Chisholm
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  • Merhorses and Bubbles by Asia Citro
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  • What is Climate Change by Gail Herman
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  • Mama Miti by Donna Jo Napoli
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  • Spring After Spring by Stephanie Roth Sisson
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  • If Polar Bears Disappeared by Lily Williams
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  • The End of the Wild by Nicole Helget
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  • Hoot by Carl Hiaasen
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  • Climate Migrants by Rebecca Hirsch
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  • Never Say Die by Will Hobbs
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  • Same Sun Here by Silas House and Neela Vaswani
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  • Me and Marvin Gardens by Amy Sarig King
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  • The Flooded Earth by Mardi McConnochie
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  • Better Off Undead by James Preller
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  • Bayou Magic by Jewell Parker Rhodes
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EXPLORE

Browse the latest Read Brave 2020 content.

Read Brave 2020

Read Brave: Conversations

Join us for a series of brave conversations about our climate crisis with local leaders and expert facilitators.

Read Brave: Documentary Series

Come to the library and screen brave films focusing on our climate crisis with a facilitated discussion afterward.

Saint Paul Public Library on Twitter: "We had a great discussion…" | 2340968

We had a great discussion at Sun Ray Library's February book club featuring "The Marrow Thieves." Learn more about upcoming book clubs featuring more #ReadBrave titles: bit.ly/37LvbWJ.

How climate change, colonialism are spurring mass migration

In 2018, some 13.6 million people were uprooted from their homes, cumulatively adding to a record 70.8 million forcibly displaced.

Ann Griffin on Twitter: "Thanks @stpaullibrary for supporting…" | 2331232

Thanks @stpaullibrary for supporting our first graders with #READBRAVE books. We learned so much about taking care of our environment, we created our own mural to showcase our learning @GlobalArtsPlus @SPPS_Science @MsManthe

Vote for your favorite 2020 Read Brave Kids MIDDLE GRADE book

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  • The End of the Wild by Nicole Helget
    0
  • Hoot by Carl Hiaasen
    0
  • Climate Migrants by Rebecca Hirsch
    0
  • Never Say Die by Will Hobbs
    0
  • Same Sun Here by Silas House and Neela Vaswani
    0
  • Me and Marvin Gardens by Amy Sarig King
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  • The Flooded Earth by Mardi McConnochie
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  • Better Off Undead by James Preller
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  • Bayou Magic by Jewell Parker Rhodes
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Vote for your favorite 2020 Read Brave Kids PICTURE BOOK

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  • The Digger and the Flower by Joseph Kuefler
    0
  • All the Water in the World by George Lyon and Katherine Tillotson
    0
  • Sea Bear: Journey for Survival by Lindsay Moore
    0
  • The Earth Book by Todd Parr
    0
  • Water is Water by Miranda Paul
    0
  • Hey, Water! by Antoinette Portis
    0
  • Life by Cynthia Rylant
    0
  • Thank You, Earth by April Pulley Sayre
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Vote for your favorite 2020 Read Brave Kids EARLY GRADE book

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  • Buried Sunlight by Molly Bang and Penny Chisholm
    0
  • Merhorses and Bubbles by Asia Citro
    0
  • What is Climate Change by Gail Herman
    0
  • Mama Miti by Donna Jo Napoli
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  • Spring After Spring by Stephanie Roth Sisson
    0
  • If Polar Bears Disappeared by Lily Williams
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Eric Holthaus on Twitter: "So excited to work with the @stpaullibrary…" | 2297840

So excited to work with the @stpaullibrary to help organise community-level conversations about this necessary moment we have to transform and protect the one planet we all share.

McKnight Foundation on Twitter: "Thanks to @thefriends for sharing…" | 2293728

Thanks to @thefriends for sharing copies of @stpaullibrary’s #ReadBrave #OurClimateCrisis books with us! Our staff is excited to dive into these stories and join the @cityofsaintpaul and its residents in working toward #ClimateSolutions!

Climate Justice: Sketch Notes (from Books & Bars)

Sketch notes, created by Rebecca Moss, for the January Books & Bars discussion of "Climate Justice."

Dr. Kate Knuth on Twitter: "I love this civic capacity-building…" | 2283946

I love this civic capacity-building work on climate that is happening in the @stpaullibrary system.

Why Lake Superior Is Rising and What That Means for Duluth

The Great Lakes, to which Duluth owes so much, are changing as a result of slow geological processes as well as rapid climate change.

Weather 2050

America is warming fast. See how your city’s weather will be different in just one generation

Survival by Degrees: 389 Bird Species on the Brink

Two-thirds of North American birds are at increasing risk of extinction from global temperature rise.

How climate change will impact the Boundary Waters

The Boundary Waters may seem unchangeable and stoic. But humankind's actions over time are far too much for nature.

SUPPORTED BY

Read Brave is also supported by the Katherine B. Andersen Fund, and the Saint Paul Saints.

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