Each year Notre Dame selects a book to read and discuss as a community of students, faculty, alums and friends. Books are selected that explore and deepen a core theme in the Education for Justice and Leadership initiative and engage our community in academic scholarship and intentional dialogue that reflects our Catholic identity.

In addition to reading the book and discussing underlying themes throughout the integrated school program, students and the community typically meet the author during a campus visit in the fall. Due to Covid regulations, this year's event is virtual. In the past eleven years, through this ND Reads program, our school community has touched on many topics.  We have traveled to Africa to study the Rwandan genocide, journeyed with a young monk seal and learned about climate change from his perspective, explored how to stand in kinship with gang members, and memorialized the 60th anniversary of integrating schools in Little Rock, Arkansas, just to name a few.  

Our 2022 ND Reads selection will be announced in late spring. Please check back then for details.

2021/22

World of Wonders
by Aimee Nezhukumatathil

2020/21

A Place for Us
by Fatima Farheen Mirza 

2019/20

The Color of Law
by Richard Rothstein
Reaching Out
by Francisco Jimenez

2018/19

The Monk of Mokha
by Dave Eggers

2017/18

Lessons From Little Rock
by Terrence Roberts

2016/17

Stealing Buddha's Dinner
by Bich Minh Nguyen

2015/16

The Odyssey of KP2: An Orphan Seal and  Marine Biologist's Fight to Save a Species
by Terrie M. Williams

2014/15

La Verdad
by Mary Jo Ignoffo & Lucia Cerna

2013/14

Tattoos on the Heart
by Gregory Boyle, S.J.

2012/13

I'm Not Leaving
by Carl Wilkins

2011/12

Enrique's Journey
by Sonia Nazario

2010/11

A Thousand Splendid Suns
by Khaled Hosseini

2009/10

The Distant Land of My Fathers
by Bo Caldwell

2008/09

Funny in Farsi
by Firoozeh Dumas

2007/08

Three Cups of Tea
by Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin